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Extending -5 bed smaller rooms or 4 bed bigger rooms
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Ewandreams · 08/10/2020 21:02

We are about to extend our home in a couple of months time and have an option to make either a 4 large double room house or alternatively a 5 double room house with smaller doubles or a 4 double room house with a 5th single bedroom. Which do you think will be of more value if we ever sell?

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JoJoSM2 · 08/10/2020 21:45

5 beds go for more than 4 beds if they have adequate downstairs space, number of bathrooms etc. However, if I was going to live in the place for a while, I’d just make it a really nice 4-bed eg master with a dressing area and a spacious ensuite + 2 more bathrooms etc.

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Africa2go · 08/10/2020 22:00

I actually think you'll get more for a 4 double rooms than 5 small rooms. I think most people looking for a 5 bed would expect a large house - 5 large bedrooms and a balanced (similarly large) downstairs - large plot, probably detached etc etc. If you've squeezed 5 beds into a 4 bed house if you see what I mean, it's unlikely to attract buyers. Similarly people who want a 4 bed house would rather have 4 big bedrooms than 5 small rooms.

Go with a 4 bed with large bedrooms.

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RandomMess · 08/10/2020 22:05

Is there an office somewhere else??

1 or 2 office spaces suddenly important!!

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Ewandreams · 08/10/2020 22:09

Thanks everyone, we have ample space downstairs and a separate space to work from home. The 5 bedrooms would be one big master but 4 smaller doubles instead of 2 large doubles and 2 smaller ones. We have got a good garden too so could easily get away with the 5 bed without it being too cramped. But I agree with what you have said about enjoying the 4 bed with really nice size rooms. As I'm sure we will live in it for quite a long time. Appreciate all the feedback, thanks!

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SauvignonGrower · 08/10/2020 22:13

A lot of families have 2 kids and when they buy it is really important to have a couple of decent non-master bedrooms. We turned down a few houses with 5 beds but where there weren't 2 suitable rooms for kids.

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Solasum · 08/10/2020 22:13

Could you have one Master, 3 big doubles and a single/office?

That way you tick the 5 bedrooms box, without compromising on day to day living space.

You could get a StudyBed for the single room, have decent Lighting and storage in there and USB plugs etc so it would work for eg au pair or home office, or occasional visitor

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MrsJamin · 09/10/2020 06:55

We have two nearly-teens and some 4 or even 5 beds have bedrooms that are just too small. We are actually open to a 3 bed as all three rooms need to be a decent size - I'd do 4 bed if I were you, and do a nice en suite on the master.

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Frenchfancy · 09/10/2020 07:00

Make the home you want for now. Unless you are planning on selling within 2 years.

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Ewandreams · 09/10/2020 07:23

Thanks everyone, it's so hard to decide but leaning towards just 4 big rooms as that is what we need as don't really need the other bedroom for anything.

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BigBadBox · 09/10/2020 07:55

4 big rooms unless you have more than 3 kids.

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CatkinToadflax · 09/10/2020 08:41

There’s a 5 bed house near here which has just gone back on the market for the third time in 3 years, having not sold on either previous occasion. I’m sure it’s because they’ve shoe-horned the bedrooms in and none is properly big enough to enjoy what should be the luxury of a 5 bedroom house.

I think I’d either stick to having 4 really good size bedrooms in total, or 4 good sized plus an adequate single room as the 5th.

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Ewandreams · 09/10/2020 13:03

The difficulty is knowing whether we will have any more children but I guess we have the option to split it up in the future, I live in the countryside and it may be that it's a bit too remote for families, so maybe 4 is better anyway.

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Qc16 · 09/10/2020 13:11

When you say large and small bedrooms - what sizes are you talking about? I think that a double should be no smaller than 10ft square - our smallest one is 10x12 which is just about ok. I often see rooms that are 8ft6 x 9ft marketed as doubles.
A spare room which you can just use as overflow is always useful.

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Ewandreams · 09/10/2020 13:21

The smallest room would be 12ft squared if it was a 5 bed.

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movingonup20 · 09/10/2020 13:22

I had 3 decent doubles, one small double (guest) and a single (office) which worked great. If you have 2 kids, two similar sized rooms if important to stop arguments

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movingonup20 · 09/10/2020 13:24

12ft is a good size! New builds have doubled barely 10ft

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Ewandreams · 09/10/2020 14:02

That sounds like it works well for you, worth considering. Thank you

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JoJoSM2 · 09/10/2020 16:54

Are you in England? 12ft by 12ft as the fifth bedroom would be huge.

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Ewandreams · 09/10/2020 17:09

Yes sorry it's 3.5m by 3.5m so I think 11.5 ft by 11.5ft, I find these things really hard to visualise especially as we haven't began the extension yet.

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Africa2go · 09/10/2020 17:15

I don't think that's a "small" room - its not huge, but still a decent size. What size are the other 4?

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InTheLongGrass · 09/10/2020 17:22

If 11.5x11.5 would be the smallest on 5 doubles, I do 4 really good sized doubles, plus a decent single.

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Oneandzero · 09/10/2020 17:23

Are you planning on selling?
If not, do what suits you and your family!

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Ewandreams · 09/10/2020 17:25

I have no idea except they are bigger I'd have to find out. I think we've decided on 4 big ones because we are just going to live there and enjoy it. Thanks so much everyone

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JoJoSM2 · 09/10/2020 17:56

3.5 by 3.5 is big enough for a double bed that you can walk around with bedside tables, large wardrobe and a desk/dressing table. As a fifth bedroom that’s really generous.

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purpletrees16 · 11/10/2020 09:56

Was going to say 4 plus an office - with wfh extending, 2 kids rooms, master and a his and hers office so you can both wfh and not pollute the home space with work would be what I’d want but I’m miles away from that.

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