Tip of the Month - March, 2020
Source: Your Home Inspection Guide
William L. Ventolo
Although they deserve as much
thought as any other room in the house, bedrooms are frequently the
forgotten parts of a house. They get whatever space left over
after living space is planned. Bedrooms do not need a view or a
lot of sunlight, but they should be on the cool side of the house-north
or east-and on the quiet side, away from the entrance door and living
area so that they do not have to be kept meticulously clean.
How many bedrooms should a house have?
From the mid 1940's through the 1960's the number of bedrooms in most
new homes grew to three and then to four. Families today are smaller,
so the trend is reverting to the three-bedroom house. The market
for two-bedroom houses is generally limited to empty nesters and young
couples without children. Even families of this size, however,
can use a third bedroom, occasionally. Keep an eye on popular
trends. The trend could reverse itself in the next few years.
Every bedroom is home to someone-a space
where one can feel secure and have privacy. This is especially
important to a child, even though he or she may have to share the room
for a while with a brother or sister. When you look @ bedrooms,
keep in mind the family's needs. Does the parents bedroom have
sufficient closet space for two? Does it have direct access to a
bathroom? Does the teenager have shelf space for collections,
desk space for studying and wall space for posters and clippings? Does
the younger child have a place to store toys as well as floor space to
play? Can a child look out the window without climbing on a chair?
This web page was updated on 03/01/2020.