Ideas for third bedroom (master)?

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So I bought a older home(craftsman bungalow) it’s a 2/1 with a den and garage. However I need a third room with a bathroom. I don’t know if I should turn the living room into a bedroom and add a bathroom or den into master bed and bathroom. My dilemma is I live off the Main Street, the living room faces the street and primary entrance is on the other side of the house through the den area. The den entrance makes it easier to enter the home especially with groceries. Opinions please, I need a third room.

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Side entrance through den area

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  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Jul 22, 2021

    I would do the living room. That way the entrance to the home isn’t in your bedroom

  • Unless you're going to change your primary entrance, the living room is probably the best idea.

  • Tami Tami on Jul 22, 2021

    Convert the garage.


  • Rymea Rymea on Jul 22, 2021

    The side is your main entrance but what about everyone else. I would not close up the front entrance. I think that would just be weird. Try to figure out a way to go in through the garage with the groceries.

  • Jacyne Jacyne on Jul 22, 2021

    my suggestion would be to get an experienced contractor with references to get an idea on what is the best for your home and your budget. Without a schematic of your home it is hard to understand the layout of your home. But, it does sound like you have some options on where to create the third room with bathroom. You need to decide is this third room going to be a living area, a master bedroom with an attached bathroom, mudroom, etc. A contractor can help you do that with cost projections etc. Good luck and best wishes.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 22, 2021

    It looks like you aren't using the garage. Would that be an option? If not, I would go with the living room. Many bedrooms face the street. You can install newer windows that are soundproof.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Jul 22, 2021

    Hello. I would consider using the living room. Having a den as the alternative should be a satisfactory option. When we downsized we lost our formal living room that we had for more than 20 years and do not miss it. We even lost the formal dining room. So much useless room and furniture as empty nesters.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 22, 2021

    I also would need a schematic of your house, hard to pull ideas without 1. Yes, bringing in a contractor with lots of experience is an excellent plan, they could best advise you when you express your needs. Maybe someone in the area has had a similar house, look around and see what they have done.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jul 22, 2021

    I agree with the garage suggestion. You can always add another garage but that's some great square footage right now that could easily be converted into a bedroom and bath.

  • William William on Jul 22, 2021

    You should get a contractor. Not knowing the floor plan. But the garage would be my first choice. Plumbing for a bath may be a problem and costly. Second choice would be the living room.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 22, 2021

    Something showing the layout would be helpful. How big are the rooms you have now?

    I would do something so a bedroom isn't the first room you walk into. How freaky to be trying to sleep when someone stomps thru your room?

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jul 22, 2021

    you can get free estimates from contractors and let them give you some ideas about what to do- you will need electrical, plumbing, etc so you will also need to be sure your addition is up to code for your county and also permits so best to hire someone to do it

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jul 22, 2021

    You should convert the garage into a room later in you could always add a garage

  • Janice Janice on Jul 23, 2021

    Get a couple of contractors to come take a look at your home and tell them what you want to do. They'll provide you with some good ideas as well as an estimate of costs, etc. They can also provide you info about what permits, regulations, etc. need to be followed in your locality. By getting a contractor involved you'll have a good idea of the expenses involved so you can make a better decision about what will work for your family. Good luck!

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 23, 2021

    Converting space in a house to a bathroom where one presently does not exist, is going to be very expensive, easily running into the tens of thousands.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 23, 2021

    Since the entryway is through the den, I would use the living room for the additional bedroom. It is okay that it is on the front of the house. n

  • Dee Dee on Jul 23, 2021

    You really need to hire a contractor. He may advise that it is easier to add an addition onto the back of the house. He will also be able to tell you about any plumbing issues you will have and advise you on code.

  • Do you have a basement? Could you add a room down there?

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 24, 2021

    Hi Mrs. Thomas: Whatever you do, you will have to pull a permit with the city. Is it possible to add a room behind the garage or elsewhere? If you convert the living room, where will you gather with family to watch tv, chat, etc.? What ever you do, it's going to be a bit of a financial burden, so you might as well get the most bang for your buck as you can. I'd get some estimates and go with the middle one and get references and check with the BBB before you hire anyone. Also, make sure they are licensed and bonded.


    Good luck

    • Betsy Betsy on Aug 01, 2021

      I think this comment would be better sent to Mrs. Thomas.

  • Annie Annie on Jul 25, 2021

    Post a sketch of the floor plan of the house. Also are you up for adding on or just renovating existing ?

  • Fiona Fiona on Jul 26, 2021

    Hi . I Would love to see your floor plan , ??

    But the garage entrance to house is a good option ( groceries) I may have better options if I was to see your floor plan though … 👍

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 26, 2021

    Before I removed the living room from the home, I would look at remodeling the garage into a room, or put an add-on to the building. You could add a carport in front of the existing garage for vehicle, but check with the city permitting. Ask family and friends for the name of a good contractor, check his credentials, then get him to review the home and make recommendations, and give you quotes.

  • Maura White Maura White on Jul 31, 2021

    I'd add to that living room facing the street. Those widons look small and outdated. You could add some nice curb appeal if you added to that side of the house.

  • Are you looking to convert one of the existing rooms to a bedroom with a bath? You're going to need at the very least a plumber to add a bathroom where there was none before. You might check with your local building department as well as unpermitted changes to a home can be problematic when you go to sell. If you try for the garage, check its insulation.

  • Mrs Thomas Mrs Thomas on Aug 03, 2021

    I have decided to convert the single car garage into the master bedroom.