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An Expert Says to Avoid This Type of Bedroom Expansion

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It’s no longer news that open concept living areas are out, but when it comes to bedrooms, you might always want to rethink that expansion, at least according to one expert.

Betti Russo, a Wayne, New Jersey-based broker associate with Keller Williams Prosperity, said eliminating a second bedroom in order to create a large master is a mistake.

Those who have an extra bedroom by their master might consider knocking down a few walls and crafting an even larger space. Whether that’s to create a massive closet or construct a bedroom seating area, Russo said eliminating that second bedroom is bad for resale.

“While a spacious master bedroom has wow factor, reducing the number of bedrooms also reduces the home’s resale value and limits potential buyers,” said Russo. “More often than not, fewer bedrooms equals a lower selling price.”

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t expand your bedroom at all, though. There are other methods according to Russo. Some of the more labor-intensive changes include raising the ceiling and installing larger windows. Both of these upgrades will give the illusion of more space, even if you haven’t knocked down a wall.

Painting is a markedly simpler change that also works. Russo says to opt for a light neutral shade and work in pops of color. This will keep the space looking bright and light while also adding a bit of coziness. You can always use mirrors to add brightness and the illusion of extra space, and this curtain-hanging trick will also help.

If you’re looking to expand your bedroom, maybe stick to easier home upgrades instead.

[Via Apartment Therapy]

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