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Why You Need to Incorporate Flex Space Into Your Home

  • Flex space has become one of the most important needs when moving into a new home
  • New construction homes incorporate flex space into the floor plan for home offices and hosting guests
  • There are many creative ways to incorporate flex space into your home!

Why You Need to Incorporate Flex Space Into Your Home

We can all relate to the need for flexible and adaptable spaces in our homes, even after the 2020 pandemic launched us into a remote-everything lifestyle. Whether it’s for your growing (or shrinking) family, visiting relatives, at home office or exercise room, the convenience of flex spaces have become the norm and expectation in the current housing market.

While life is beginning to return to normal with hybrid work environments and school schedules, many new construction homes have at least one office along with a gym built into the floor plan.

People have gotten comfortable with doing everything they possibly can from their own home – and if they haven’t, they’re either building on to their existing house or finding a new one that meets their new lifestyle needs.

At BrightLeaf, we saw this shift in the early stages of the 2020 pandemic. Many of our clients began requesting in-law suites or the option to convert existing spaces in their custom home plans to become adaptable should they need that type of space in the future.

Whether or not you need it all – a home gym, extra office, in-law suite, etc – your family would probably enjoy having additional wiggle room in your floor plan to accommodate whatever lifestyle you’ve continued since the spring of 2020.

We’ve made it easy for you – in our latest high performance new construction home, Lumen Point, we incorporated multiple flex spaces into the floor plans for ample opportunity to spread out and feel comfortable in a home you not only live in everyday, but work, exercise, share meals, spend precious family time, and more.

In this article, we’re going to walk you through the various flex spaces of Lumen Point, with a home gym, full in-law suite with separate outdoor entrance, owners suite flex space, and rear bonus space. These details make a big difference in daily life and are now the standard of luxury home living.

Explore a Home Studio in the Bonus Rear Space

When we were designing this home, we had the advantage of a 215 foot deep lot, which is significantly deeper than the standard size.

Side note: If you’re curious about the benefits of living in Western Springs, check out our virtual tour here! The Lumen Point model isn’t exclusive to the Western Springs town – we’re happy to build this new construction home for you in other surrounding areas, as well.

rear view of dark grey home rendering with covered patio

We wanted to make use of this extra space by including some of it in the livable floor plan, while still leaving plenty of backyard space for entertaining, a playset, and more.

The fully conditioned bonus space off the back of the home is accessed through the two car garage. We envision this 12’x21’ room as the perfect spot for an additional home office, studio, or workshop.

It provides the homeowner the feeling of actually “going to work” by leaving the main home. Although many of us have enjoyed and adapted to remote working, we see this option as a healthy escape from seeing the same four walls you live in on a daily basis, creating a true separation of work from home.

Floor Plan showing bonus space in new construction home accessed through the garage

If you don’t need another home office, studio, or workshop, this space can also be used as  a four-seasons room, perfect for entertaining or enjoying the beautifully lush backyard at 4464 Harvey.

Those are just our ideas though! If you feel inspired by this flex space to make it your own, there’s still time to customize Lumen Point. Schedule a call with us today to explore how we can turn this bonus room into one of the flex spaces of your dream home.

Conveniently Located Gym in Your Own Home

Mustering the energy to actually go to a gym can be one of the most common pain points when it comes to personal fitness. To make it as easy as possible, we included a home gym in Lumen Point’s lower level.

The peaked ceilings provide ample headspace for even the tallest athletes or novice fitness junkies to do burpees, jumping jacks, and even add a climbing wall.

No more pep talks to get yourself out the front door for the morning exercise routine – just walk down to your basement and get your fitness groove on!

New Construction Basement Floor Plan with In Law Suite and Home Gym

Private In-Law Suite with Separate Entrance

As we mentioned, we’ve had clients design and build their home with in-laws in mind. Whether they will be moving in at the same time as our clients at key handoff or they just want to plan for the future, multi-generational living has become increasingly common.

To make this additional living suite as comfortable and convenient as possible, there is a full bathroom, kitchenette, spacious living area, and most importantly a completely separate entrance into the lower level.

The separate entrance is accessible through a rear stairway, offering additional privacy to whoever is staying in the lower level suite. Relatives or guests can come and go as they please without having to climb multiple staircases, or disrupting the family just to get to their suite.

This space can also be useful for a recently graduated college student as a stopgap while they find their own housing or a private space for hosting guests.

Adaptable Owners Suite Bonus Room

If the kitchen is considered the heart of the home, then that makes the owner’s suite the sanctuary of the home.

This is one of the few places where homeowners can truly escape from guests or children and relax. In Lumen Point’s owner’s sanctuary, we included not one but two walk-in closets, a luxurious spa-like ensuite bathroom with a standing shower and tub, in addition to a 6’x9’ enclosed bonus room.

primary suite with floor plan with massive closet private attached office and spa bathroom

This bonus room can only be accessed from within the owner’s suite, adding more valuable privacy. This room can easily be used as another home office, temporary nursery, or the perfect spot for a Peloton bike, looking out at the treetops of your side yard – for those days when walking down to the basement home gym is a little too far.

Incorporating Flex Space into Your New Home

The purpose of flex space is to offer the flexibility of multiple uses within one room or area. Our lives change as children grow up, parents move in, work becomes remote, or a new passion requires more space to pursue.

We didn’t just plan another new construction home for sale. We thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted a high performance home that would exceed the standard of luxury living in 2021 and well into the future.

These are just a few of the best features in the Lumen Point model. If you’re interested in building this new construction home in Western Springs – or any other area – schedule a call with us now to explore customization options.

If Lumen Point doesn’t interest you but Western Springs is the ideal location for your family, we are offering the opportunity to build a completely custom home on this lot at 4464 Harvey. Schedule a call with us now to discuss the option of a fully custom home on this lot.

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