5 House Plans That Offer Flexibility

5 House Plans That Offer Flexibility

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Are you in the process of designing your dream home? Although this might be a thrilling time, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make along the way involving your home’s plans. Check out the following options if you want to design the perfect home with versatility. 

Consider a Craftsman style

There’s nothing as classic as a Craftsman home. The Craftsman style is beautiful with its broad columns, exposed beams, and deep front porch. If this is your style, you’ll be able to find Craftsman house plans online or through your builder. 

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Choosing a Craftsman style will give you a home that fits today’s trends and any that might arise. Its versatility is timeless, making it an excellent choice whether you want to keep it the same forever or remodel it in the future.

Versatile living spaces

Versatile living space might go without saying when designing a home, but it might surprise you how much you can fit into one house plan. The guest room, basement, or attic are good places to start. 

For example, you could convert your playroom or den to guest quarters or an office. Or, you could add a dining room that can seat five or fifteen, depending on your family’s size. Your basement could also double as a play space or guest quarters. 

Guest or in-law suites

If you’re like many homeowners and often have friends or family visit, a guest or in-law suite would be an excellent addition to your house plans. Not to mention, it’ll increase your home’s resale value.

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Adding living space for your guests will make them feel comfortable in their own space. In addition, it will give you and your family an environment where you can continue to live your lives as normal without making too many adjustments for your guests.

Room for expansion

One of the most important things to keep in mind when designing your house is leaving room for expansion. For example, depending on the size of your property, consider leaving space to build an addition or a detached garage. 

In addition, if you have a large backyard, factor in space for a nice deck or patio in case you want to expand. Also, consider avoiding complex roof designs if you might want to add a second story someday.

Livable attics and basements

If you want to create a house plan that will set you up for a positive future of homeownership, include a livable attic or basement. If you can’t afford or don’t have the space to finish your attic and basement, choose the one you feel makes the most sense for your home. 

A finished basement or attic bonus room can do wonderful things for your resale value, making them an excellent choice if you don’t plan to be in your current home forever. These spaces can also provide room for overnight guests.

Wrapping up

As you choose your house plans, it might seem like there are endless possibilities. However, if you keep the tips in this article in mind, you’ll be able to craft a gorgeous home that will grow with you and your family. 

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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