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Ann, Home Buyer in Chicago suburbs, Ill...

How many bedrooms do I put in my walk-up attic for the best return on the money?

Asked by Ann, Chicago suburbs, Illinois Tue Jan 27, 2009

I just bought a bungalow with two modestly sized bedrooms on the first floor and one small bathroom. I also have a walk-up attic that offers some potential. I'm looking to make the best long-term investment possible when I remodel the attic space. I can't decide how many bedrooms to make upstairs (there's not a ton of space, either) Do I choose....

Option A: One master bedroom upstairs with a walk-in closet and bathroom (total of 3 bds)
Option B: Two smaller bedrooms upstairs with a shared bathroom (total of 4 bds)
Option C: One bedroom with a bathroom and a media room/office (total of 3 bds)
Option D: ....any other ideas?

Thanks for your feedback!

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First, read the articles in the WSJ regarding treating your home as an investment. The main thing is for you to be happy and comfortable. That said, since there is not a lot of space I would go with Option C or similar. The upstairs bedroom should be the master bedroom if possible. Check regulations, if the ceiling isn't high enough you could have a problem. This sounds like an expensive project, dig deep & good luck!
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