Updated February 6, 2024

The Ultimate Owner’s Retreat: Upstairs vs. Downstairs

Your Owner’s Retreat offers so much more than a simple place to rest your head at night. Rather, this space is a multifunctional room, tucked away from the busier parts of the home, that provides Homeowners with a quiet place to step away, hunker down or just have a moment to themselves.

As we get to know your family and your home needs, determining whether your Owner’s Retreat is upstairs or downstairs will be a choice for you to make. During your home building process, our Team will guide you and offer insight into the advantages and disadvantages of both options, allowing you to make the best decision for your home.

A decorated model home Owner’s Retreat with a large bed surrounded by plenty of room to walk, art of the walls, a large chest of drawers against the wall opposite the bed and stylish chair near the open window situated to allow sunlight to enter while maintaining privacy.
An Upstairs Owner’s Retreat in a David Weekley Model Home

Owner’s Retreat Located Upstairs

Why Some Homebuyers Prefer Upstairs Owner’s Retreats

Second floor primary bedrooms generally provide a broader view of your homesite, potentially allowing for a view of your front or back garden.

Being upstairs separates Homeowners from the everyday traffic of common spaces throughout the home, such as the living spaces and kitchen area. Take the guesswork out of room placement by using our unique LifeDesign℠, which puts careful consideration into where rooms are located within the home.

Why Some Homebuyers Dislike Upstairs Owner’s Retreats

For Homeowners who prefer to be centrally located in the home, having an Owner’s Retreat upstairs might not be ideal. Sometimes the convenience of having all your primary needs in your home just a few steps away is more of a priority.

Another consideration when choosing an upstairs Owner’s Retreats is that getting up and down the stairs can be difficult. If you’re planning to stay in your home for a long time, you might want to prioritize your Owner’s Retreat being on the first level.

A decorated model home Owner’s Retreat with three large windows open and looking out over a scenic lake surrounded by trees. Two cozy chairs and a small table are situated near the foot of the bed.
A Main-level Owner’s Retreat in a David Weekley Model Home

Owner’s Retreat Located Downstairs

Why Some Homebuyers Prefer Main-level Owner’s Retreats

Having your Owner’s Retreat located downstairs means being close to the main living spaces, which makes for easier mobility.

You may increase your resale value by residing nearly entirely on the downstairs level of your home. Between the two options, downstairs locations open your home’s resale to a larger market of buyers.

Why Some Homebuyers Dislike Main-level Owner’s Retreats

Owner’s Retreats located downstairs mean that you might be separated from upstairs residents. This divide may cause unrest for some, in which case a grand suite downstairs would not be recommended.

If you will have people living upstairs while you reside downstairs in your Owner’s Retreat, keep in mind that it can get noisy for you. Depending on what rooms are directly above yours, it might not be the ideal location for your primary bedroom.

Double Primary Suites

A newer trend that is becoming increasingly popular is double Owner’s Retreats, which includes one primary bedroom on each level of the home. A double primary bedroom allows you flexibility for your personal preferences while being able to use the unused room as an incredible guest bedroom.

However, you envision it, David Weekley Homes is here to help you find and create the home of your dreams! Fill out the contact form below if you’d like more information about homes with upstairs or downstairs Owner’s Retreats.