The biggest return
The highest rate of return on a master suite addition is in the Pacific region of the U.S., where an average $119,724 master suite addition recoups $88,170, a 73.6% return. The lowest rate of return is in the west-north-central part of the country; in Minneapolis, for instance, a $121,743 master suite addition recoups $71,770 for a 59% return.
Keep up (or down) with the Joneses
Payback on a master suite addition depends more on how it compares with other houses on the block. If your neighborhood is filled with empty nesters with two-bedroom houses, you probably won’t recoup your investment in a luxury master suite. But if master suites additions are common in your area, you’ll recoup more.
Transform existing space
If you add a master suite onto your first floor, you’ll spend a chunk of the budget on site excavation and foundation pouring. If you can take advantage of existing space — such as building over a garage or converting an unfinished attic or basement — you can save between 20% and 60% on construction, and increase your return.
But turning a profit shouldn’t be your motivation for adding a master suite, or for doing any large home improvement. Do the work because it improves your quality of life, and only if you plan to stay put for at least three to five years.
National average cost, 24 x16 ft. master suite with midrange appointments:
Job cost: $101,873
Resale value: $64,390
Cost recoup: 63.2%
National average cost, 32x20 ft. master suite with upscale appointments:
Job cost: $220,086
Resale value: $114,569
Cost recoup: 52.1%