On the left is the new guest bedroom.
On the right is the new master bedroom. A bumpout which overhangs the first floor serves three purposes: 1. it gives the master bedroom an additional two feet of width, without which the bedroom would feel cramped; 2. it creates a cozy bed niche defined by a lowered ceiling; and 3. it makes the outside more interesting by breaking up what would otherwise be a long uninterrupted wall.
It’s ideal when several things can be accomplished with one design “move”, as in this example. In all of my projects, I look for ways to maximize the value to the client while minimizing the size and cost of the building. I believe that the cost of my design fee is more than made up for by the improved beauty and function of the building.