FAIRFAX, VA — While fifth bedrooms have been a standard basement option in new luxury homes around this area for years, more families are adding it on the main living level or even the upper bedroom level instead. Should you?

Sure, there’s something to be said for the privacy a basement bedroom location affords guests, even if it isn’t the brightest, cheeriest, or most accessible place in your home. And adding a fifth bedroom in conjunction with a bath certainly adds value (estimated anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000).

At CarrHomes, what we’re seeing and hearing from our home buyers and homeowners has more to do with lifestyle and demographics, though.

Whether for visiting relatives, guests, or in-laws, a main-level fifth bedroom offers the best of everything — privacy, more natural light, and less time lugging suitcases up and downstairs. For families, it can be a bit of a sanctuary for kids after school or a valued quiet separation from not-the-most-subdued “teenagers.” And for retirees who dread climbing up and down stairs all day or those who simply can’t climb up and down, it’s welcome single-level living in a neighborhood with neighbors they don’t want to leave.

In CarrHomes’ single-family communities throughout Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, most luxury home models offer either a main level owner’s suite (with an upper-level fifth bedroom option) or a fifth guest bedroom option for the main level. See our new home communities in Great Falls, Oakton, and Fairfax today!