TMS architects is always keeping track of the most popular home design trends, from building materials to market trends. And today, we will be taking a closer look at flex rooms in houses and lofts, which are becoming particularly attractive to homeowners and potential buyers.

Flex rooms are not a new idea in home design; they surge in popularity every few years, yet they’re always a sound investment, because people can make them fit their needs. A well-designed flex room can help sell a house. The investment to fix one up is minor, and usually involves selling the treadmill,  keyboard and whatever else is cluttering up your spare room and then using the proceeds for renovations.

You can turn an otherwise unoccupied, blank space into a nursery, exercise room, sewing room, potter’s studio, music room, massage studio, or just fix it up as a guest room. As long as the space stays well cared for and uncluttered, it’s an attractive asset. If you incorporate your flex room into a business (home office, artist’s studio), you’ll save money on work space and commuting costs.

In a small space, like a loft apartment, flex rooms get very creative. You can turn a tiny spare area in a loft into an extra bedroom with the help of a good design team and a Murphy bed. Built-in shelving for TVs and other electronics is another space solution, along with compact track lighting. Flex rooms aren’t just a right fit in apartments — many homeowners are opting for small additions to create versatile new rooms in their homes. Houses are moving away from master bedrooms large enough to accommodate a hockey game, instead opting for sensible and efficient modern designs.

If you’re selling your home and have a flex room, proper staging is important. Potential buyers get confused by a room without a purpose. If it’s a guest bedroom, leave a pair of slippers beneath the bed and a vase of flowers on the dresser. If it’s a home office, keep the desktop clear and the shelves orderly. Simple, no-cost adjustments like these can influence sales.

At TMS Architects, we’re excited to build and design a variety of contemporary interiors and exteriors. Call us up to schedule a consulation and to find out more about the versatile rooms we can design.

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