Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
6 house plans that rethink single-family living
Professional Builder’s House Review collaborative presents six plans geared for today's home buyers.
2. The Flex Wing
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)
C. Big box storage
E. Flex-door for suite options
F. Private side door
G. Second master
H. In-law unit
I. Kitchenette option