There is such a thing as too Open Concept. Staging in Burlington

Home Stager

One of my clients said they had feedback that their home was too open concept. 

That surprised me as open concept is so popular right now. Buyers are removing walls from the older more traditional homes. 

However, when I got to the master suite, I understood the comment. 

The en suite bath was wide open to the master bedroom.  

This type of bathroom is very taste specific. I have seen newer ones with lovely pillars separating the two rooms but they are still wide open to each other. 

The majority of buyers want a wall and a door to shut.


  1. The noise factor - even if the toilet is in it's own closet, the first person up is going to disturb their mate.
  2. The steam factor - whether the shower is used or the tub, it is going to up the moisture in the whole area. This includes the walk-in closet.
  3. The privacy factor - sometimes you just don't want an audience.
  4. Dare I say it? The smell factor - perfumes, shampoos, soaps and other 'scents' become part of the master bedroom.  

If this is the case in your home, you may have to decide if is worth converting the en suite by installing a wall and door. Will the buyers use it as a bargaining chip against you?

Or will you wait for that buyer who will just love it?


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Comments (5)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Ahhhh, No. I wouldn't wait for the couple who is going to love it.

I would think it would be best to build the wall. 

Sep 12, 2016 07:01 AM
Janice Ankrett

That's my opinion too Sharon Tara . 

Sep 12, 2016 08:33 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Janice - I agree with Sharon. We have listed a few homes like that over the years and the people who would tolerate that were few and far between.

Sep 12, 2016 07:07 AM
Janice Ankrett

Yes they are Dick Greenberg ! Personally I would build the wall.

Sep 12, 2016 08:34 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

I am a firm believer in a door on the Master Bath, can't even imagine a "no wall" divide.  I did see one similar to this with a buyer and they did not like it at all.

Sep 12, 2016 07:30 AM
Janice Ankrett

Kathy Stoltman if I absolutely loved the home I would buy it but the first thing I would do is build the wall. I would take that expense off my offer of course ;).

Sep 12, 2016 08:35 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I certainly agree with you about the open concept of the master and the bath. It's actually not uncommon where I am in SoCal, even though lots of buyers prefer a different set-up. We even see it in some new home construction! I don't care for it personally. At least there is a separate WC!


Sep 12, 2016 11:24 AM
Janice Ankrett

Jeff Dowler I've seen closeted WCs and ones out in the open. Personally, I'm just not a fan of open concept suites.

Sep 12, 2016 11:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Janice- I'm laughing because many years ago when a friend was remodeling his home he had a similar master bathroom like the open one you described. I suggested to him that if he ever had any intentions of marrying, he would be well advised to add a door for privacy.  

One condo I was asked to consult on had their jacuzzi in the master bedroom.  they'd knocked out the wall between the bathroom and bedroom to do that. 

Sep 12, 2016 11:33 AM
Janice Ankrett

Kathy Streib I've seen jacuzzis like that up here too! In fact I had a hotel room like that once.

Sep 12, 2016 11:49 PM