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Flex Space: The Most Versatile Trend in Home Design

by Lisa Fitzgerald, REALTOR®, Lic. MA & NH 05/10/2020

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The open concept took over several years ago, and now, homeowners are reluctant to give up the flexibility that this optimal layout provides. Unfortunately, this versatility often only extends to meal prep, dining, and living areas. Other critical spaces tend to be far more difficult to adapt, making them problematic for long-term homeowners with evolving needs. Thankfully, a viable solution has recently emerged to help homeowners of all types make the most of every room: flex space.

What Is Flex Space? How Does It Work?

Flex spaces can take many forms. In general, however, this concept involves a versatile room specifically built to take on multiple functions. This room is purposefully built into floor plans with the intent of making adjustments over time. It may begin as a hobby room or entertainment space but eventually transition into an office or even a nursery. Its unique design allows it to serve a wide array of needs. 

Beyond versatility, flex spaces are built with convenience in mind. They have the capacity to change in an instant, without the need for extensive renovations or other time-consuming and costly adjustments. This flexible nature provides considerable peace of mind, especially in times of transition. Homeowners can take solace in knowing that, no matter which surprises life throws at them, they will always be prepared with the space needed to accommodate new challenges and opportunities.

Who Benefits Most From Flex Spaces?

The versatile nature of flex space makes it appealing to many types of homeowners. However, certain individuals and families continually seek out flexible options. This approach is particularly beneficial for:

  • Couples who one day anticipate having children but don't want to set aside nursery space just yet.
  • Multigenerational families with evolving needs. For example, flex space can accommodate recent graduates returning home from college or seniors moving in with adult children.
  • Homeowners in the midst of launching small businesses that require space for offices, studios, or other work functions.
  • Individuals with active social lives who may need extra entertainment space or guest rooms.
  • How Are Flex Rooms Designed?

    Because versatility is the name of the game for flex space, rooms designated as such must be designed to accommodate a variety of potential functions. Ideally, they will be reasonably sized, as cramped rooms may not be capable of meeting evolving needs. Universally helpful features such as closets should be included — especially if the potential exists for transitioning the space into a bedroom or guest room.

    When purchasing a home, it's important to consider how it will meet both current needs and those that arise in the future. Properties that include flex space can evolve alongside their owners, ensuring maximum practicality and enjoyment as long as residents call these houses home.

    About the Author
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    Lisa Fitzgerald, REALTOR®, Lic. MA & NH

    PERSONALIZED REAL ESTATE SERVICES, PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE & EXPERTISE, DELIVERED WITH SENSITIVITY TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS.

    This year I’m celebrating 15-years of service as a full-time REALTOR®! Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many wonderful clients and customers. I’ve sold hundreds of homes and helped many people achieve their real estate goals with great success. I’m equipped with a higher level of experience to help you sell and/or find the right home that will meet your needs for years to come. As a full-time agent, I have the flexibility to accommodate those busy schedules. My listing services include helping Sellers stage and prepare their home for the market. As a Certified Interior Stager, I have great staging ideas and resources to transform a home into a show place. I offer listing website marketing, professional photography, visual tours, floor plans, aerial photography, social media marketing, video marketing, print advertising, professional signage and much more. When it comes to my listings, every home gets special treatment. As a Buyer’s Agent, I’ll listen to your preferences and needs so we can find the right home within your budget. And I have great strategies to help your offer get accepted over other competing buyers. My professional achievements consist of several real estate designations Accredited Sellers’ Rep. (ASR), Certified Buyers’ Rep (CBR), and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). I also specialize in working with First-Time Home Buyers. Over the years, I’ve achieved many Top Producer Awards, a National Award for Excellence in Client Satisfaction and most recently, Coco, Early’s President’s Circle Award for the company’s top 10% sales achievement. 

    I’m celebrating in a BIG way! I’m offering special promotions for Buyers and Sellers all of 2020! I’m licensed MA and NH. To find out more, call me at (617) 816-0300.