(Closed) Homes with master on different floor?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My parents owned houses that were the reverse of this when I was growing up: the master bedroom suite was downstairs and the other 3 or 4 were up. I think they actualy preferred it that way once we got older! It kept us out of their hair and we had an entire floor to roam around and make noise in! When my sisters were babies we had that setup, and I don’t believe it was a problem. My parents just used monitors 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

This is EXACTLY what we have and we’re currently trying to get permission to build a second floor so we can have all the bedrooms on the same floor. If we can’t, we’re going to gut the basement and move our master suite downstairs. My stepson’s bedroom is in the basement, and while I never worried about him, and he’s never complained, I hate feeling so separated from him. A few times Darling Husband has slept on the floor in his room because he’s been sick and we didn’t want to leave him alone with a floor between us 🙁

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The baby sleeps in your room at first and the transition to his nursery downstairs. Thats what monitors are for!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Personally – I much prefer homes with all the bedrooms on one floor.  I’m a believer in having the baby in their own room from day 1 and if I’m getting up at night, I want to stay on the same floor.

Plus – I don’t like my bedroom being so close to the living spaces.  I think the separation is nice.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I remember as a kid some of my friends had homes like this and I remember feeling scared, like you’re not close to your mom and dad and as a child at night that scared me. Just food for thought from a kid perspective lol. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

On the one hand, we lived in a rental like this with our toddler on the first floor & us upstairs. I thought I would worry more than I did, but it seemed to work out fine for us. 

On the other hand, I had similar experiences to star_dust:  as a kid.

You could always have your child sleep in your room until around 6 months, then you could sleep in a downstairs bedroom temporarily if you’re just worried about the infant stage.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@AriaAmante:  I wouldn’t do it. Our house is currently the opposite. Master downstairs, bedrooms upstairs. This is something I did not think about before buying and now wish I did. We are putting the house on the market in the next few months and buying in January and the main need will be all bedrooms on one level. We are TTC and I just can not see having my toddlers on another level. The way I see it, if we’re spending our money on a house, it needs to be the way we want/need it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think this is very common in the South….all the houses I’ve been in that are 2 stories have the master on the main floor and the rest of the bedrooms upstairs.  Apparently they sell better because older people like having their bedroom on the main floor so they don’t have to deal with stairs.  I wouldn’t worry too much about it as far as kids are concerned.  Get a video monitor and a home security system and you should be good.  

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@BoiledPNut:  Interesting.  The Atlanta suburbs don’t seem to be that way.  None of the people I know with houses (including us) have a master on the main level.  And we didn’t see hardly any like that when we were looking either.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Just want to point out that if you buy this place when you go to sell your house you will have buyers wondering the same question. 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

I grew up in a house opposite this (parents downstairs, kids upstairs). Like a PP mentioned, it was great, we had our kid space upstairs while my parents bedroom and all the common living areas were downstairs. My parents were fine with us running across the hall between each other’s rooms and having friends over when we were little. It also meant all our toys stayed out of the main living spaces for the most part. I remember my brothers each spent the infant months in a basinett in my parents’ bedroom and then moved upstairs to a crib. It was not so far away that they could not hear us if we yelled from the top of the stairs and there was always a gate at the top so no one fell down. 

As far as safety, like you mentioned someone could have essentially entered the front door and went straight upstairs without disturbing my parents in the back of the house. I thought about this as a child but more in the sense of a paranoid child, I now realize the chances of that happening were very low (no one ever broke in to this day). I also don’t think we could have ever snuck out and back because as a teenager, I learned my mom had keen ears for that door. To avoid any sneeking in or staying out all night as teenagers (I’m talking college summers home when curfew didn’t apply), if my parents went to bed before I got in they would leave a light on and I had to turn the light off when I got home. If dad got up for work and the light was still on at 5am, big trouble followed. What I am trying to point out is that there was never really an issue of the seperate space and it was nice to feel like we had a kid space. We also never heard our parents getting busy which I can’t say for some of my freinds who livedo n the same level.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My mother has always told me to make sure there is either one bedroom or a room that could be turned into a bedroom in case anyone ever has any health problems.  My brother was in a serious accident when he was a teenager and had to learn how to walk again.  The fact that there were no bedrooms or bathrooms on the main floor of the house became a huge problem.  

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