“As we’ve gotten older, our sleeping habits have definitely changed,” Daniel said. “I am a very light sleeper, and any motion or sound will wake me up – and it takes forever to fall back asleep. My wife Linda has become a very restless sleeper, often getting up multiple times during the night and changing position to be comfortable. Trying to sleep together is frustrating us both, so we’re moving into separate bedrooms. But I still want to feel close to my wife. How is this going to work?”
As a builder of home additions in Hopkinton, we’ve seen couples approach the separate bedrooms issue in a number of different design ways. Maybe one of these options will work for you:
Same Bedroom, Different Beds: Having a large master bedroom addition built to accommodate two beds in the same space is a popular option. In cases where the issue is related to the actual in-bed sleeping experience, adding an additional bed can allow for both closeness and comfort.
Looking at your current bedroom, which contains only one bed, you can imagine how much larger it might need to be to accommodate a second bed. Some couples find they don’t need an additional full size bed, and choose a bump out addition large enough for a daybed or twin bed – perhaps the most cost-effective route to solving the problem.
Separate Rooms, Connecting Doors & Windows: Another option is to have a home addition built in Hopkinton that contains two separate but connected rooms. One interesting approach we saw was a couple who had large arch shaped openings in the connecting wall; decorative trellising was installed to give each person some degree of privacy while still making conversation easy. Simply having a door between the two rooms is the most common option; how often that door stays open or closed is easily controlled.