How many bedrooms should my custom home have?

Written by: Penny Siml on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This is easily one of the trickiest questions to answer when we are drawing up plans with our clients. At first glance, the answer seems obvious. Count the number of occupants and give everyone their own bedroom, right? 


Many of the clients we work with are building their forever home. It’s easy to answer a question about how many bedrooms you need right now, but the answer becomes less clear as you look out 10, 15 or even 20 years. You may have a parent move in. You may have a child leave who later decides they need to move back in for a while. If you are thinking about building your forever home right now, it’s worth picturing what you want your life to look like in the future.

Ultimately, it comes down to two options.

Option A: I want my house to be party central. We’ll put the whole family up when they visit!

If that’s the case, the more bedrooms, the merrier. We have clients who count the number of bedrooms they want right now, then tack on a spare… sometimes even two. Remember that after kids move out, their existing room will become an additional spare room. That may not be a bad thing, though. Even long after kids have moved away, they’ll love coming back to the same room they had when they were younger for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other family events.

Another great reason to add an extra room or two? Families tend to grow. Soon enough, your kids may be bringing home spouses and children when they come to visit. You won’t want to miss out on hosting because you didn’t plan for enough bedroom space when you first built your custom home.

Spare Room IdeasAnother thing to consider is what you can do if you do end up with a spare room. These rooms can be used in so many ways, from a home office to a game room for the kids. Before you decide how many rooms you need, consider all the ways an empty room could be used. Maybe you want a craft space or a home gym. What man doesn’t want a man cave? What are your hobbies that could eventually have their own space? A spare room doesn’t have to stay empty for long.


Option B: I want the right number of rooms now, but I can’t deal with a bunch of unused bedrooms later.

Great point. It’s never fun to pay heating and cooling bills on rooms that only see visitors once or twice a year. Instead, consider how many rooms you need now, and how you might repurpose those rooms once occupants leave. Can empty bedrooms be planned in a way that allows them to later evolve into a workout room or a music room? Absolutely.

Another great thing to think about is creating flexible areas in your home to host guests without committing to extra bedrooms. Add a luxury queen size murphy bed to the built-in down in your basement or use a day bed with a trundle in the sitting room for when you might encounter guest overflow a few years from now.



Still not sure how many bedrooms you need?

That’s okay. You won’t need to decide the instant you have your first meeting with a custom home builder. Our team at Carrington is proud of the fact that we take the time to get to know our clients on a personal level. The number of bedrooms won’t be the only question we’ll discuss in the process of building your custom home. Along the way, you’ll have hundreds of questions, and our team will be here to answer all of them. We listen to ideas. We take the time to vet out design concepts to pinpoint potential problems.

Before you know it, you’ll be kicking back and relaxing in your forever home. It all starts with a free consultation to see if we can partner together to give your family the custom home you’ve been waiting for. Give us a call to start your custom home conversation! 



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Carrington Homes is your distinctive Indianapolis Custom Home Builder specializing in custom homes and remodeling throughout Central Indiana

Phone: (317) 336-8002

8250 N 600 W McCordsville IN 46055
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