MAS­TER SUITE

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Make no mis­take; this space is your sanc­tu­ary. Though it’s not in the public eye, its de­sign de­serves the same kind of at­ten­tion you’d lav­ish on the kitchen or great room, but lean to­ward in­ti­macy. To give a bed­room with vaulted ceil­ings a cozy feel, add crosstie beams at the 9-foot level. This tech­nique re­tains open­ness while giv­ing it a more in­ti­mate at­mos­phere.

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“Plan a large, sep­a­rate dress­ing area, even if it means sac­ri­fic­ing some space in the main part of the bed­room,” says Salant. “Keep­ing those in­evitable piles of clothes on the dress­ing-room floor saves the bed­room from clut­ter.”

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Carr of­fers some de­tailed de­sign ad­vice, when it comes to the mas­ter bed­room: “The en­trance should lead to a cor­ri­dor with the bath on one side and a walk-in closet on the other. At the cor­ri­dor’s end, in­stall an­other door that opens to the main area of the bed­room. Be­ing able to close off both ends of this cor­ri­dor al­lows one to bathe and dress with­out dis­turb­ing a sleep­ing spouse.”

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Kyl­loe says you should think care­fully about how you’ll use the mas­ter bed­room area. “Since per­sonal space is so im­por­tant, es­pe­cially when you have overnight guests, a mas­ter bath is a must. An ex­tra 3 to 4 feet of wall space lets you in­clude a two-sink

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Lip­pert agrees and takes the pri­vacy fac­tor a step fur­ther. His ad­vice? “Lo­cate the bed­room far from main ac­tiv­ity ar­eas, and don’t place guest be­d­rooms above or be­low the mas­ter suite. Build clos­ets along walls that ad­join high-ac­tiv­ity ar­eas to re­duce noise.”

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