If you’re looking to utilize more space in your home and don’t require a house plan with additional bedrooms, you might consider a plan that includes a bonus room. These bonus rooms can be completed at the same time as the rest of the home, but I have seen cases where families have opted to hold off until their budgets allowed for it. ( I always recommend stocking the area with sheetrock at the same time as the rest of the house during initial construction even if you wait a year or three to finish off the area.)
Bonus Room Floor Plans are Flexible
Often these rooms don’t come with any particular use in mind when they are drawn into plans, which might be the reason for the vague name, but many homeowners choose to use them as offices, a playroom, fitness area, or whatever else you have in mind. You can find these rooms just about anywhere, but most often they located over the garage, where they can be incorporated within the home’s trusses – though we’ve also seen them built into a finished basement alongside a drive-under garage. The sky is the limit when you choose to build your home with this extra area.
When you choose a plan with such a flexible space, it gives you the freedom to readily update your home through the years as you see fit. Perhaps you need a hangout for the kids until they move out on their own, or maybe you’re planning to work from home in the near future and need an office or studio space. This is becoming a very attractive option nowadays.
Families of all shapes and sizes need additional space; whether it’s for storage, an added sleeping area, or a multi-functional room. A bonus room can be a great addition to any house plan and many of our stock home designs have incorporated these spaces by default. They give the builder, homeowner, or designer additional options regardless of the configuration.
Uses for a Bonus Room Home Design
Whether you choose to use your space for a particular purpose or you simply want to give yourself maximum flexibility in the future by planning for growth or changes, bonus rooms provide a commitment to minimizing future renovations, add-ons, or the possibility of outgrowing your home too soon. A home plan w/ a bonus room is becoming an extremely desirable feature within today’s housing market as they can be tailored to fit a wide range of family needs. These additional rooms give you infinite possibilities for usable living space and can add a great deal of value to your home when it comes time to sell.
You can think of a bonus room as a space that is “called out” within the blueprints of your house plan that has not been designated a specific function. Unlike the living area, bedrooms, or kitchen space, house plans with a bonus room may not include the bonus room in the initial square footage for a house plan when it is labelled “attic”. These are invaluable spaces that can be used for a wide variety of functions including hobby rooms, in-law suites, media rooms, or added storage. Creating a house plan with this space is a very smart choice because it will afford you the opportunity to expand in the future to suit your ever-changing needs.
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