Does Your Home Have Flex Space? Here’s Why It Should
Home means different things to different people. It can be a place for family, for relaxing, and fun. Some people work from home. Others enjoy hobbies, exercise, gardening, and other activities. The things you do at home—how you use your home space—is always changing. Because of that, it makes sense to have spaces in the home that can change too. At Glickman|Design Remodel Build we call these Flex Spaces.
What Is Flex Space?
The meaning of flex space is simple. A flex space is one that can fulfill multiple functions. It’s a room or space that’s flexible and can be customized to serve more than one purpose. They usually lack closets, plumbing, and other built-in fixtures. This means that space can be used for virtually anything. A flex room might be used as an exercise room during the day and a study room in the afternoon, before the family piles in at night to watch a movie together.
Why Is Flex Space Important?
Flex space is important in a home because families—and their needs—change over time. What your family needs now isn’t necessarily what they’ll need in 5 or 10 years. You might add to your family by having children or inviting parents or other family members live with you. Your family’s needs will change even more as your children grow up and go to college, or move into their own homes.
Ideas for Adding Flex Space Additions to Your Home
-An extra bedroom or guest room – You just need to add some storage solutions, as flex rooms typically don’t have built-in closet space.
-A home office, study room, and hobby room – Set it up with one or two desks and plenty of shelving and storage for art supplies and other hobby items.
-An exercise room – An exercise space can double as a quiet retreat for relaxation and meditation with the addition of candles and comfortable floor pillows.
-A second living room – This is a great use for flex space, especially in a large family or one with two or three generations living together. It gives everyone another option when the main living room is crowded, while still being able to spend time with family.
-An entertainment or game room – A movie room with a TV setup, plenty of seating, and shelving stocked with family-favorite games can turn a flex room into the perfect family entertainment space.
-Enclosed Deck/Sun Room- Flex options include: outdoor exercise, reading, art, or dining.
Future-Proof Your Home: Aging- In- Place/ Flex Space Additions
Incorporating flex space into your homes design can be a great solution to expand on what you already have while setting it up to be Your Home For Life.
Today, a first floor flex room addition can provide you with a space for hobbies, a quiet area for work and study, or more room for your family to enjoy being together. Then in later years, it can be converted to a first floor master bedroom suite that will make the change to a comfortable, accessible and safe aging-in-place dwelling seamless and easy.
We invite you to reach out to Glickman|Design Remodel Build to learn more about the ways that you can design and add Flex Space as you create Your Home For Life. Over the past 40 years we’ve built a solid reputation of providing beautiful design and superior craftmanship to homeowners across the DMV. And now in the Annapolis area too! Please contact us or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.
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