New construction homes work for a wide range of home shoppers at different stages of life. Flexible floor plans allow people from all walks to tailor their home to how they want to live. Retirees, growing families, and single people can all live their best life in the exact same home plan because well-designed layouts with flex rooms allow them to use their home how they want and need.
NewHomeSource talked to some of the biggest home builders in the new construction industry, so they can explain the importance of hardworking home layouts, and how they design and build flexible homes that can work for however their homeowners want to live.
As home shoppers look for blank canvases for their lives, they’re asking builders to design new houses that can foster an active and exciting lifestyle, while still looking beautiful. According to Toll Brothers, homebuyers want “floor plans intentionally designed with a number of flex-space options so that our home buyers can use the space as they wish, often for multiple purposes.”
A desire for a more flexible home has often been cited as the reason many of MI Homes‘s customers chose to buy new. A desire to have designated and quiet spaces to work, fun zones for children, workout stations that aren’t crammed into a bedroom, and a need for multigenerational living all can be accommodated, thanks to MI Homes’s flex space.
Your Home Your Way
Flex space in your new home allows you to live in your home your way. Older houses frequently featured rigid floorplans with many rooms designed for only a single use. Think: formal dining rooms, entryway parlors, and closed off kitchens. New-construction homes, on the other hand, feature a flexible use of square footage, so homeowners can design their living spaces to fit their lives.
KB Home describes what home shoppers want from a home plan: “While open floor plans continue to be popular among many homebuyers, they can still enjoy the benefit of space, flexibility, and privacy to fit their lifestyle. For example, a flex room gives buyers the ability to modify their floor plan to include an art studio, game room, bar, extra bedroom, home office, or gym — along with the open living spaces they want in their new home.”
Many new home builders recognize the importance of designing new houses that serve as a basecamp for their homeowners. Landsea Homes offers home shoppers LiveFlex options that include upgraded lighting and noise proofing, so that no matter how you use their flex rooms, the space will be private and peaceful.
Blue Mountain Communities, Legend Homes, and HHHunt Homes affirm the usefulness of flex space. Their home plans have transformative potential built into the home. You can build your new life in your new home however you want.
Homebuilders know how useful a flex room can be for a homeowner. Allen Edwin Homes’ new homes feature beautiful flex rooms that can be further customized with accent walls and built-in shelves.
Making the Most of Unused Spaces
Offering up a spacious new home with thoughtfully designed layouts aren’t the only way new home builders are delivering homes that work for how families live. Home builders maximize the ways that a home can be used by providing options like finished basements, finished attics, and a complete use of space between the walls and under the roof.
Tri-Pointe Homes delivers new homes with a maxed-out layout. Instead of building homes with large, awkward spaces scrunched in between other rooms, they finish all their spaces to work for the families that own their homes. The Clebourne plan showcases this commitment to building amazing homes with an in-demand “Zoom Room” off the laundry room. According to Tri-Point Homes, “The floorplan has a storage space next to the laundry room that may otherwise be filled with boxes or clutter after moving in. But we decided to show that this space can be used for much more and merchandised it as a ‘Zoom Room’. After COVID, we saw an increased trend of home shoppers looking for spaces to work from home – they not only needed a dedicated office space, but a space to take their virtual meetings, tucked quietly away from the rest of the family members. The Zoom Room seemed to be the perfect solution and we love how it turned out!” You’ll love Zoom Rooms in your new home, too.
Specialty Spaces in Special Homes
You don’t need to have a 3,000 square foot house to enjoy all the benefits of a flexible floor plan. Even smaller homes like townhomes have flex rooms and conveniently designed spaces, so you can live large in a home molded to your life.
In smaller homes, strategically designed flex spaces really shine. Townhomes, condos, and smaller single family homes are perfect for home shoppers in very different stages of life. Retirees may want to downsize, first time homebuyers might be looking for an affordable way to get on the property ladder, single people who want to invest in homeownership don’t need a house with four or more bedrooms.
Because smaller homes work so well for a diverse variety of home shoppers, designing a layout with plenty of flexible space is crucial for homebuilders that want to serve them. Judd Builders have designed beautiful townhomes in their The Reserve Chalfont community. The fantastically designed townhomes in this wonderful Chalfont, PA neighborhood feature townhomes with plenty of flexible spaces. Homeowners shopping for a perfectly sized new home can live large in The Hamilton and The Jordan plans available. Flex space within these townhomes allow homeowners to enjoy the home features they want, without having to force their needs on a rigid space.
New construction homes work for how people live today. Their flexible floor plans and effective use of space allow homeowners to tailor their home to their lives, not the other way around. How would you use your flex space? Let us know in the comments, or on our Instagram or Facebook!
After graduating in 2016 from The University of Texas with a degree in English, Sanda Brown became a content writer for the BDX with a focus on website copy and content marketing.
At the BDX, Sanda helps write and edit articles on NewHomeSource.com, writes website copy for builders, and manages a team of freelancers that work on additional content needs.