The Rise of the “Dual-Master Bedroom”?


This statistic seems unbelievable to me on a few dimensions, but it is still worth thinking about:

The National Association of Homebuilders predicts that by 2015, 60% of new homes will be designed with “dual master bedrooms.”

From a article called “Options for Your Mediocre Marriage.” One option:

If it’s possible, consider separate bedrooms. You’d be surprised how the creation of privacy and nonmarital spaces in a marriage might help. Already one in four Americans sleep in separate bedrooms or beds from their spouses.

Even if the 1 in 4 number is true (and that includes separate beds, not only bedrooms), I wonder how that translates into demand for a 60% supply of “dual masters.”


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  1. Shoshana Grossbard says:

    Makes no sense to me given that the housing market is driven by first time home buyers and most first time home buyers are young couples. I assume that the tendency to sleep apart increases significantly with duration of marriage.

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    • Miley Cyrax says:

      I’ve been married for a duration of zero years and my tendency to want to sleep apart from after sleeping with girls is quite high. It’s hard to fall asleep with another body next to me, especially one that wants to cuddle.

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    • Kim Van Noy says:

      Not if your husband snores like a buzz saw and throws himself all over the bed. I tried everything I could think of. I ever wore ear plugs. Nothing helped. He has his own room. I have mine. Plus our schedules are so different. I don’t want to get up at 4 in the morning and go to bed at 8.

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  2. Justin Dearing says:

    Maybe the second master bedroom is simply a bigger office? I know of two cases where a couple and a single person rented a three bedroom apartment, and the third bedroom became an office for a person that telecommuted. This also had the side effect of making it easier to split the rent three ways.

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  5. James says:

    Perhaps because married couples wanting separate bedrooms aren’t the only people wanting dual master bedrooms. Others could be as an alternative to the “granny flat” for aging parents, or for adult kids who come home to mom & dad (often with their kids in tow – it’s happened to two of my immediate neighbors). Or perhaps some people have frequent houseguests…

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  6. ray says:

    I imagine what will happen in many cases is that one of the master bedrooms will be a true master bedroom and the second will be used by the wife as a changing room/dressing room or other space of their own. Husbands traditionally get space of their own in a den or office which I imagine will be included in a house big enough for two master bedrooms to begin with.

    The real question is will 60% of new construction buyers be able to afford it? And will they be able to find a buyer when their jumbo loan goes belly up?

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  7. Robbo says:

    I first saw these in Southern California. Dual masters is a good idea for roommates. You plit the rent and both get the big bedroom. With people marrying later, maybe there is more demand as unattached singles team up to reduce housing costs.

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  8. Sonia says:

    Stock vs. Flow.

    Not saying I think the number is right, but considering the relatively low percentage of the housing stock that is replaced each year, it would make sense for the flow number (houses built) to be substantially higher than the stock (number of houses in existence).

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    • Joshua Northey says:


      A) The number of houses being built each year is tiny compared to the amount of existing stock.
      B) New construction always skews to the high end because as with cars or anything else, if you are on a budget it is always better to go used and getter better, then go brand new.
      C) Why on earth would you believe any projects from an organization like “The National Association of Homebuilders”? They have almost no interest in telling the truth.

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