Empty nesters convert an extra bedroom into a luxury closet with all the amenities.
During the six-year run of my column “Rich Ideas”, a homeowner wrote in to ask if I thought it was a good idea for her to turn her newly married daughter’s bedroom into a large walk-in closet with all the amenities. Not only was that a wonderful way to turn “empty nest syndrome” into a positive thing, but it added valuable – and luxurious – closet space to a home with relatively few closets.
Because major renovations affect a home’s resale value, there are some things that need to be considered before embarking on a project like this.
When it’s eventually time to sell, your home will most likely be sold to a younger family who may need that extra bedroom for their own children. If this type of closet conversion is a permanent one, the loss of that bedroom could be the deal-breaker that makes your house far less salable. In order to avoid this pitfall, make sure your conversion is reversible:
- If there’s a window in the room, don’t board it up or remove it to make a solid wall – instead, use appropriate window treatments.
- If the new closet adjoins the master bedroom and you want to create access to it directly from the bedroom and eliminate access from the hallway, make sure both of those changes can be reversed by the new owners.
- While accessibility from your room can be advantageous to a family who turns the closet into a nursery, it may not be desirable if the room is to be occupied by an older child.
- In addition, entry from the hallway will be absolutely necessary if the closet is changed back into a bedroom.
In essence, any major changes made to your house need to be made with future buyers’ needs in mind. Personally, I would never recommend compromising the value of a home by losing a bedroom that can never be converted back, but if these changes are made wisely, you can absolutely have the walk-in closet of your dreams.