Sigrid Egan Realtor HomeSmart, Phoenix, AZ
In my area, higher end homes frequently have bedroom/baths off the kitchen area, as these are often used for live-in housekeepers or for a live-in nanny - so there is a logical use for such a room. It can also be a guest room, giving the guest more privacy on the other side of the home, away from the other bedrooms.
That being said - whatever you do, can be undone by someone in the future, if they have a different need. The important part is that the space is there for whatever needs you, or a future buyer might have.
Unless someone entertains a lot, I see more uses and value in a buyer's eyes for that extra bedroom (study, office, exercise, hobby or sewing room maybe) if left as it is.
Just my 2 cents!
I own an older home in the central corridor which I tore down and rebuilt. I doubled the size of my kitchen and added a butler's pantry. I can definitely tell you that although my 5th bedroom is now an office, I'm in my pantry several times a day! and I love it! It did take a lot of planning but when an appraisal was performed, we were very pleased with the results! I would love to consult, designing is my passion.
Any way you decide to just have fun with it!
As in the old Miller commercials, "I feel strongly both ways" :-)
You may enjoy and use the butler's pantry a lot depending on your life style. On the other home, the fifth bedroom is valuable as the it makes the home desirable for most other (future) homebuyers. This will not be an issue until you sell.
The home theater is the other common room conversion option that is popular.
I say, if you want it.....go for it!
May I wish you the best.
Jeff Masich, Realtor
I think the answer depends on how long you plan on living in the home, as well as what sort of modifications the remodel would entail. If you plan on living in the home an additional 10 years and the remodel is only a few thousand dollars, I say go ahead, make the changes, and enjoy. If you are planning on moving in 2 years, is it worth the headache and loss of the bedroom. As I said, it all depends on your long-term plans.
It will depend on many factors. Are 5 bedrooms typical and expected in your area? Very generally buyers will prefer a 5th bedroom to a butler's pantry. You might consider doing a change that you can easily and financially effectively can be turned back into a bedroom if needed.
Carlos J. Ramirez, PC, ABR, CNE
Associate Broker/Realtor, HomeSmart -
For other ideas and opinions about this, go to my website at http://www.wildwestrealestate.us and look for the tab as you scroll down to the left called Houselogic. In the search bar, type 'kitchen' and you'll have access to ideas and opinions on kitchen remodeling and options.
Richard Bazinet - John Hall & Associates