6 house plans that rethink single-family living

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Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers.

June 03, 2012

2. The Flex Wing


Richard C. Handlen, AIA, LEED AP

EDI International, Inc.





Total size: 4,000 sf

Width: 48 feet

Depth: 65 feet

This 4,000-square-foot plan has four bedrooms, including a large master suite and full-size laundry on the second level. But it is the first floor that offers a number of lifestyle options. Besides the standard public rooms, the corner of the plan behind the garage flexes three ways. The base option adds two bedrooms plus a full bath, laundry, mudroom with outdoor access, and a “big box” storeroom. Even this base plan allows the flex wing to close off and both sides of the house can stand alone. The second option is a full-size master suite. The final option is an in-law suite with a private entrance. With any of these options, a family can grow and contract in this house without having to ever move.

A. First-floor laundry (second laundry upstairs)

B. Mudroom

C. Big box storage

D. Bedroom/den/office

E. Flex-door for suite options

F. Private side door

G. Second master

H. In-law unit

I. Kitchenette option


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