It's always a good idea to build flexibility into a master suite: one family might need a nursery nearby, while another prefers an office. Another function of an adjoining room isn't quite so glamorous, but could make all the difference to buyers who need it: a room to banish a snoring partner.

Let's Meet in the Middle

Photo by Bob Greenspan
Photo by Bob Greenspan

In the master wing, an out-of-the-ordinary arrangement provides privacy to two bedrooms that meet in an oversize bathroom. Three more bedrooms rest downstairs, along with a game room and wine cellar. A two-sided fireplace warms both the super-spacious great room and the dining room on the other side. The three-season porch is ready for all kinds of weather with a fireplace and disappearing walls. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Walk Through the Closet to the Office

Alan Brandt Photography
Alan Brandt Photography

This light-filled contemporary home nicely balances gathering areas with private retreats. An office that attaches to the master suite via the walk-in closet can also serve as a snore room or a nursery. On the opposite side, two secondary bedrooms share a Jack and Jill bathroom and close proximity to the family room, which opens to the terrace. The kitchen invites everyone to hang out at the island or in the nearby open dining room. Other highlights include the walk-in pantry, extra storage in the garage, and many windows in the master suite. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Private Sunroom

Designed by Visbeen Architects, this plan presents Craftsman curb appeal and a finished lower level. On the first floor, a sunroom connects to the master suite to serve as a private sitting (or snoring) room when desired. The bright dining room opens to a spacious covered patio. Downstairs, you'll find a family room (with enough space for exercise equipment), two bedrooms, and even a craft room. See more images, information, and the floor plan.


Double Fireplaces and Bathrooms in the Master Suite

The luxurious first-floor master suite sets the tone for this special home. In it, you'll find a sitting room (also accessed from the hallway) with a cozy fireplace, another fireplace in the bedroom, and separate bathroom facilities for each partner. Fireplaces also warm the den and the two-story great room, the latter with a disappearing wall to open up to the screened porch. The whole family will love gathering in the spacious kitchen. A butler's pantry connects the kitchen to the dining room for easy entertaining. Ride the elevator or take one of the staircases up to the second level, where kids will love their four private bedroom suites. A lovely front balcony also is accessed here. On the main level, another bedroom near the garage offers a private entrance, making it a great space for a nanny or live-in caregiver. See more images, information, and the floor plan.