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4 Things You Need to Know About Splitting One Large Bedroom Into Two

If life changes have left you in need of extra bedrooms in your home, your options are fairly limited. You can, of course, try to find a home that already has extra bedrooms in place. Of course, due to the cost and effort involved in moving, this isn’t often an option.

In many cases, then, the only other choice is to split a large bedroom into two smaller bedrooms. If this is what you’re planning to do, there are some important things you should know before you get started.

Get Legal

Some people have the attitude that they can do whatever they want to their home because it’s “their home.” When it comes to a major project like splitting a room, though, you’ll want to be sure to have your plan approved before you begin construction.

Adding another bedroom can have implications regarding septic tank size, fire codes, and a host of other rules and regulations. Therefore, before you find yourself on the wrong side of the law, it’s a good idea to check with the proper authorities.

Measure Carefully

When splitting one bedroom into two, it’s important to keep in mind that you’re not simply drawing a line in the middle of the room and calling it a day. Everything, from the studs you install to the extra closet you add, will take away from the floor space that’s available in the new rooms.

It’s important, therefore, that you carefully measure the larger bedroom to ensure it is large enough to be practically split while still leaving enough space for comfortable living.

Choose Wisely

Since splitting a room gets into structural components, it’s a good idea to at least consult with a trusted contractor. Whether they do the work for you or simply serve as a consultant, home remodelers can make the process a lot easier and ensure the final results match what you had originally envisioned.

To find a good contractor, it’s a wise idea to ask for references from potential candidates so that you can call the references and see how satisfied they are with the work the contractor performed.

Think About the Future

While a split bedroom may work perfectly for you, future homeowners may have different plans. Since different people have different needs, the next family who lives in your house may want to revert back to the single large bedroom.

To help them in this process, it’s a good idea to be considerate of how you construct the wall between the bedrooms. While it should be sturdy, taking steps to make it fairly easy to remove will be appreciated by anyone who wants to make a few changes of their own.

Ultimately, your home exists to serve you and your family. Therefore, if you need two bedrooms instead of one, then it’s important to work to make that happen, regardless of the nuts and bolts of the project. If it makes your life more convenient and enjoyable, then get to work separating that bedroom.

Tim Esterdahl

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