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-foot-by-16-foot Master Suite, midrange:
Job cost: $111,245
Resale value: $68,596
Cost recoup: 61.7%