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Building Your Own House: Planning The Bedrooms

Oct 29, 2007
If you are plainning to build your own house how large should a bedroom be?

At least large enough so that the bed can be moved around or turned around in it. Large enough for a full-sized bed and a chest of drawers, a night stand, a chair, and perhaps a dressing table. Perhaps 8' x 10' inside measurement might be considered as the absolute minimum.

Most building codes do not permit rooms smaller than 80 square feet in area, and this would just meet that requirement. Certainly a room 9' x 12' would be much better, while 11' x 14' or 12' x 14' would seem rather spacious. In an ordinary house a room 12' x 16' would be adequate for almost any master bedroom.

A bedroom isn't greatly in need of a view as a person usually isn't often in a bedroom during the daylight hours and then he usually isn't looking out the window.

People are in the living room usually in the evening when the landscape is dark, unless the view is over towns or villages where the lights make an interesting pattern.
The kitchen should, if possible, open on the sunrise.

When one is working at the sink, an occasional glance out the window overlooking an inspiring view can be very refreshing. The breakfast nook should also have a good view if at all possible.

There should be at least half as many bedrooms as there are people in the family, and a guest room is an important adjunct, if it can be managed. Two boys can occupy the same room when they are small, but, of course, the ideal is for each child to have his own room when he gets older, if at all possible.

Perhaps the master bedroom should be large enough so that two beds can be put in it in hot weather. When it is cold, probably only one of them will be used.

Where there are small children, the mother will probably want their room to be near hers, but for adults, if bedrooms can be separated from each other, one noisy or restless person will not bother the others quite so much.

A private bath for the master bedroom is a good idea, but not an absolute necessity. A good rule to follow is to have at least one bath for each two bedrooms.

A three-bedroom house should have two baths. In the morning rush hour, when the children are hurrying to get ready for school, and Dad has to shave, and mother has to do her hair, enough bathrooms will save a lot of frayed nerves. Better economize somewhere else and have enough bathrooms.

A guest room can be kept to the minimum. A private bath with the guest room will be greatly appreciated by the guests, but if this strains the budget too much, some compromise will have to be worked out. A smaller room with the private bath would be much better than a large room without it.

Try to keep the guest room somewhat isolated from the rest of the house, so the guests can be off to themselves at times. This will give them more opportunity to rest and will permit the regular activities of living to go on with less interruption.


Organized storage space is very important in designing a house. When you move in, where are you going to put the suit cases? Well! Where are you going to put them? Of course there is no place to put a trunk. A closet or wardrobe for a bedroom must have a rod to put the clothes hangers on.

A piece of V^" pipe or a piece of electric conduit is much better than a round wooden pole, as the hangers slide more easily on the pipe, and a piece of wood gets black looking if not painted, and if painted, the paint gets scraped and scarred very soon.

Shelves at one end of a wardrobe are very convenient in order, each pair easy to get without disturbing the others.

Where at all possible, it is a good idea to have separate wardrobes, particularly in the master bedroom. (A man likes to have a small place in the house that he can call his own.) A man will not usually need as much room as his wife or daughter does for clothes, but it helps to keep the arguments down if he has some space of his own. Even if he may not have many pairs of shoes, a rack for them should also be planned.

With building costs the way they are, every square foot of floor space must be used to the best possible advantage. Of course, a place for laundry, heating plant, and storage of larger items must also be found.

If you decide to borrow money to buy property always use a mortgage calculator to get the best mortgage.
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