Owner's suites trend toward more luxurious spaces

Multi-use owner suites that promise magnificent spaces for slumber, as well as abundant room for relaxation and quiet conversation, were decked out in full splendor during last summer's BIA Parade of Homes in Powell.

Super-sized showers, hotel-like office spaces and laundry room access are just a few of the perks apparent in the new master suite trend that is well underway among homes being created by upscale builders in Central Ohio.

Couple this splendid trend with local March weather, and you have two good reasons to stay in bed this month.

Seriously, today's master suite is no longer just a place to rest the owner's head, though. Sometimes comprised of multiple rooms, some suites contain more square footage than a Downtown high-rise dwelling. Most suites offer extremely large closets, and frequently there is more than one per suite. This abundance of closet space translates into fewer pieces of furniture cluttering the sleeping quarters and that, alone, can make any room feel larger.

Each year, the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio grants awards to leaders in real estate, home building, architecture and development. Four builders who were winners of top design awards have agreed to share their insights on master suite trends here.

Golden Opportunity

Today's busy families were kept in mind when Coppertree Homes designed the gold medal suite in last summer's parade, according to Justin Shear, director of sales and marketing for the builder. Located at 9247 Baytree Drive, the suite in this home was designed to include an oversized shower.

This 8-foot-long shower features doors on both ends, multiple water jets and shower heads, and a long, built-in bench.

“The trend is moving away from a tub in the master bath,” says Shear. “Costs are rising so even buyers spending $850,000 [on a home] are watching their budget. A $5,000 tub that won't be used does not make sense in today's housing market.”

“Not having a bathtub does not hurt the resale value of a home,” he adds. Coppertree also won a gold award for the master suite that appeared in the 2015 BIA Parade of Homes.

A Rustic Space

The owner's suite incorporated into a home built by Weaver Custom Homes was designed to feel like a retreat, explains design consultant Daisy Shamp. For example, three reclaimed white oak wood beams adorn the ceiling of the sleeping quarters, lending a rustic vibe to the space. That touch, says Shamp, helps make the room “very livable.”

The room's reclaimed wood floor in a matte finish complements the rustic ceiling beams providing an atmosphere that is both cozy and inviting.

While this abode does not feature the largest owner's suite the company has ever built, Shamp says today's buyer isn't necessarily swayed by the size of a home's master. Instead, practicality is the rage, she says.

“We are definitely seeing a trend towards using space better so none is wasted,” she adds.

Weaver was awarded the silver award for its owner's suite at 9247 Baytree Drive. The bathroom in this suite features a “trough-looking tub,” says Shamp. A tiled walkway, built to emulate pebbles in a stream, accentuates the path between the tub and the spacious walk-in shower.

Form and Function

Nilay Bhatt, president and owner of Dani Homes, is proud of the “spacious, functional master suite layout” at 9256 Baytree Drive, which received third place in the master suite category at the parade of homes.

For example, Bhatt explains that there is a pass-through from the master bath to the home's laundry room, which can also be accessed from a separate entry way.

Another unique aspect of this owner's suite is a group of floor-to-ceiling windows along one side. Not only is the room flooded by natural light, the windows also provide a sweeping view of the home's hardscaped outdoor areas, which are directly accessible from this suite. “The whole concept is of indoor/outdoor living,” explains Bhatt.

“Today's lifestyle includes working from home, so we included a seating area to allow for various uses of the room,” he says, adding that multi-function suites are part of the trend.

Enlarging with Light

Reflective light can also make a big impression.

Light is a recurring theme in the master suite designed by Compass Homes. For example, the master bath features a floor-to-ceiling, built-in mirrored niche with glass shelves designed to reflect natural light from the room's large window as well as the four sconces above an expansive double vanity. The sconces also swivel so their light “bounces off the mirrors,” says Pamela Cinelli, the builder's director of sales.

In keeping with a vision for soft, reflective light, the bedroom features recessed can lighting with halogen bulbs and dimmer switches. A chandelier with soft Edison bulbs hangs above the bed while matching lamps, also with Edison bulbs, flank the bed.

The bedroom is loaded with windows and plantation shutters “to keep the natural light soft,” says Cinelli. She selected a soothing color palette featuring white bedding with multiple textures to reinforce her desire to create a “cocoon” vibe in the room.

Abundant storage is prevalent in both the bath and his-and-her closets. “You can never have too much storage,” says Cinelli. Cabinets and drawers are efficiently tucked into the long, double vanity.

Compass Homes received silver recognition in categories entitled Flow and Function, as well as Interior Design.

Tami Kamin Meyer is a Columbus attorney and writer.