NEW CONSTRUCTION WITH FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM - GOOD IDEA BUT NOT FOR ALL.

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NEW CONSTRUCTION WITH FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM - GOOD IDEA BUT NOT FOR ALL.First Floor Master

I wouldn't go so far as to say that builders should ONLY build homes with First Floor Masters as recommended by Charles McDonald in Charlottesville VA.  It's a trend for a larger and growing segment of the new homes market, but only a percentage.

My home has a first floor master and love it but I'm older than dirt.  I have no problem with steps since I'm very fit, but there's always the risk of falling and many older home buyers do want to avoid steps.

HOWEVER, young families also buy new construction.  With infants and toddlers, parents don't want a home that puts them on a different sleeping level from their young ones.  I've shown many homes, new and resales, to young families and the first floor master is rejected by the majority simply because they want to be near and accessible to babies during the night. 

Teens??  That's another matter.  A first floor master is the perfect solution for families with older children.  In fact, that floor plan, bedroom areas on separate levels, even in a finished basement is preferable, not only to parents but also to the teens.

KNOW WHERE THE FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM MODELS ARE OFFERED!   This is a good business practice.  Since this model is popular with many buyer and a growing percentage of buyers, it pays for agents to know which builders have a first floor plan selection.  Most do today. 

CAREFUL!  The first floor model is generally more costly per square foot than the two story model.  The foundation is larger and, therefore, more costly to build and the roof will often require a larger area, leading to higher cost.

LOT SELECTION may be limited for first floor master floor plans.  The first floor model will usually have a larger footprint and, in 1/4 acre or less lots, may not be feasible and the lots that will accommodate the first floor master will be limited and ofActive Adultsten have premiums.

THE FIRST FLOOR MASTER enjoyed a brief popularity back in the early 1990s (I remember) when most builders were offering two story homes with 3-4 bedrooms all on the upper level.  HOWEVER, builders that selected the first floor master as their only model home design,often found they were not selling.  If the builder didn't show a traditional floor plan as their model home found that young families were buying elsewhere.  Model homes are expensive investments for builders and it makes sense for them to show their MOST POPULAR MODEL, not a niche.  In the 1990s, the first floor model was a niche. 

 

 

AS THE POPULATION AGED, that trend has gone in the opposite direction.  We need more first floor models to satisfy the needs of older new home buyers who are not interested in the limited offerings of the Active Adult communities.  Many older home owners want a variety of ages in the communities in which they buy a new home.  Active Adult models are often too small. 

Its a good idea to satisfy the needs of the aging population, but let's not forget the needs of familities with babies.

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Alters
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Lenn, in Florida, Master on the main floor is more the norm. We call houses with bedrooms on the second floor "northern houses" (meaning anywhere north of Florida).  Your points about size of home in Active Adult communities and small lot size vs. larger footprint are excellent thoughts.

Sharon

September 29, 2011 12:15 AM
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Brian Schulman
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Lenn, nice analysis.  One "size" generally does not fit all!

September 29, 2011 06:25 AM
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Jay Markanich
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When I inspect homes with first-floor masters, the clients always seem to like them, even those with children.

At this point in my life, I think I would too!

September 29, 2011 06:27 AM
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
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First floor masters are a rarity in a 2 story home in my marketplace( Chicago area)  Folks seek them, but they are found more in the upper end homes and then still rarely.  Some folks gravitate to the active-adult communities and some end up staying put because first floor master just don't exist in certain price ranges. 

September 29, 2011 11:02 AM
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Debbie.  It was the cost of single family homes and high land costs for Ramblers that made the Colonial 2 story so popular with builders here.  It's rare to see a one story home in a builders portfolio. 

CAthy.  Indeed and the mail level master solves both problems.

Michelle.  Right you are.  Not for everyone, but when someone wants it, the builder needs to offer it.  I wouldn't think that a builder would build ONLY first floor masters though.

Frank and Sharon.  Thanks.  I preview all our new home builders regularly.  Some offer floor plans for everyone and some have limited portfolios for special needs.

Brian. That is quite correct.

Jay.  Most are going to like they home they're in.  That's just human nature.  When buying new though, I run into folks that want those bedrooms on the second level.

Linda.  That is the case here in the majority of cases.

September 29, 2011 12:54 PM
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