All too often when looking at a home, the function each room serves seems pretty inflexible. The kitchen is where food is stored, prepared, and served. The bedroom is where you sleep and dress.
However, builders of new homes in Bucks County and beyond offer home designs with extra space to be used for one or multiple purposes, called a flex room. Floor plans are specifically designed with flex rooms to give homeowners the opportunity to create a fun or functional element to their new homes. Transforming a spare bedroom is also another way that extra space can be used for special interests.
From a painting studio or music room to man cave or indoor playground, there are countless ways to use flex space depending on a family’s particular needs.
Before you begin designing, you want to figure out how you will use your space. Some homeowners opt for a flex room with one main purpose while others find it helpful for the area to play multiple roles. Some of the more popular uses are:
Many of these ideas can also work well together. A home office with a library or some exercise equipment is a great multi-purpose use of the space. A craft room can double as a children’s playroom for young ones who are particularly creative.
A den can easily transform into a guest bedroom by simply investing in a comfy pull-out couch and a chest of drawers. Those living in a new home in Bucks County find that multi-purpose flex rooms add much-needed utility to their humble abodes.
Sit down and discuss with your family what the best use of the flex room will be, so that everyone is on board. If you have friends and family that visit often, a guest room is probably ideal. If you work from home regularly, an office will fit the bill. If you love binge-watching Netflix or consider yourself a movie buff, a home theater is absolutely the way to go.
Most homeowners of new homes in Bucks County find it very helpful to invest a lot of thought in this portion of the design process. The right plan lays important groundwork for how well your flex room will serve your needs and ensures it will be enjoyable over time.
Once you’ve decided how to use the flex room in your home, you must prepare to furnish and implement your design. For example, if you are turning your flex room into a craft space, it makes sense to cover hard-to-clean flooring (such as light-colored carpeting) and add some bright lights so you’re not straining your eyes while working on projects. On the other hand, a home theater would require dimmable lights so you can set the perfect atmosphere for your movie-watching experience.
This is also the time to consider any built-in storage options. A home library will require many shelves for your literary collection. A children’s playroom should lend itself to easy access to toys and games of all shapes and sizes. A guest bedroom would be well-served with a closet for visitors to hang clothes and a dresser and nightstand.
Additionally, you want to consider how you are using the walls. A home office or craft room might benefit from a giant corkboard wall to pin ideas, calendars, notes, inspiration, and so on. A home gym might need a mirrored wall. For a home theater, you can install a large flat-screen TV or a screen that you project movies and TV shows onto for your viewing pleasure.
Many homeowners enjoy finding all of the items needed to make their flex room area perfect in their new home in Bucks County. Furniture, supplies, accents, and more are all necessary to complete the ideal space.
So if you’ve chosen to use your flex room as a home office, what do you need to be productive in this space? A traditional desk or a standing one? Muted colors with minimal accessories to keep you focused or a bright, eclectic design aesthetic to inspire your creativity?
For a home theater, what kind of seating would you like to use? Do you want cabinets or a refrigerator to keep snacks and drinks? How will you store your extensive collection of CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and other media formats?
For an exercise room, are you going to need cardio machines? Free weights or weight systems? Or an open space to do yoga, pilates, or other fitness routines? Do you want to include a TV or sound system to provide entertainment while you work out?
Or maybe you want an area for your family to hang out that isn’t as formal as your standard living room. Decorate with family fun photos or artwork, furnish the space with extra cozy furniture, and stock up on fun activities to do together (board games, simple craft projects, etc.).
Homeowners are finding unique ways to transform their flex rooms into functional, high-purpose areas. With space to spare in your new home, the options for using it are endless.
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