You can tell what year a house was built based on a couple of things: Is the master bathroom gigantic and is the master on the main?
Somewhere in the 90s (or was it the 80s?) builders decided parents wanted the master bedroom on the main level away from their kids. The theory is the parents would get more privacy but I actually think it just causes more problems.
In my first two houses the master was upstairs with the kids. In this house, the master is downstairs, and I hate it.
My just-turned 4-year-old thinks we are way too far away from her room and wants to sleep in our bed every night. In the old house she was fine in her own bed because we were right down the hall.
When she does fall asleep in her own bed, I worry that she will fall down the stairs trying to come to us during the night. I set up fencing that she would have to be semi-awake to navigate through. I didn’t want to use a locking gate the top stairs in case of a fire – no adult would be up there to let them out.
Another reason I hate the master on the main is the upstairs seems to get messier faster without us up there policing things. There are fewer chances to walk by and yell “hey, clean up your room.” I just don’t go up there that often so messes form quickly.
I also hate the master on the main because it is right behind the family room, where the TV is. I feel like I constantly hear the TV. I don’t feel like I get as much quiet time in this room as I did when my bedroom was upstairs.
My girlfriend is considering moving to master-on-the-main house so I wanted to let other people defend the master on the main concept. I am sure with older kids a lot of my issues would be solved, but my girlfriend has a 3-year-old.
Do you like the master on the main and why? Would you get it again? Have you noticed similar problems that I am having with the master on the main? How have you gotten around similar issues?