If you're like these homeowners (and like me), you have underutilized space in your existing house - a room or two whose square footage could be better used elsewhere. In this example, that room was a rarely-used living room beyond their foyer, in the center of their house. They already had two other family rooms, yet had a small master bedroom with a tiny bath. We worked together on a concept where part of the living room was retained for a reading nook, but the rest of the space was up for grabs by a new master bath and a larger master bedroom.
My clients moved into the basement while the majority of their first floor was gutted. In return for their inconvenience they were rewarded with a true Master Suite, a new hall bath, a Reading Nook, a roomier Foyer, and an opened-up basement stair and kitchen entry.
After the first floor renovations were completed the couple moved back upstairs so that the basement renovations could begin. A lower level bath was renovated/modernized, and a door was added to connect it directly to the larger of two bedrooms beside it. The house is utterly transformed and feels nothing like its former 1960's self.