The dining room can extend into the living room for large numbers of dinner guests.

 

Flexibilty


Flexhouse takes a family from a starter home all the way through retirement with an open flexible floor plan that adapts to changing situations.














 

















The sizable upstairs bedroom has a large closet with a plumbing wall that is designed to easily convert to a kitchenette. Combine this with the alcove bed, and the second floor is transformed  into a separate independent living space for a caregiver or a returning adult child.

Accessible

Master bathroom has a pocket door to separate the toilet area from the master bath for privacy when guests come.
3 stacked closets with laundry chutes conceal a regulation elevator shaft


Flexhouse was designed to be used by everyone possible regardlessof age, size or physical abilities.


  • An elevator shaft, built to code with a required equipment pit in the basement floor, runs from the garage/basement to the two floors above. To save initial costs, the elevator can be easily installed at a later date. Meanwhile the elevator shaft can accommodate three closets with laundry chutes, one on each floor centrally located.The closet floors and laundry chutes can be easily removed to reveal the elevator shaft when needed.
  • All doorways are 36' wide making it easier for people using a walker or a wheel chair.
  • There are no changes in floor levels and no thresholds inside lessening the chance of tripping. 
  • The bathrooms are  large enough for a wheel chair to fully turn around, and the bathroom walls are reinforced if grab bars are needed later.
  • Showers are curbless/roll in.
  • Electric outlets are a bit higher than usual and light switches are a bit lower than usual making it easier for everyone to reach.
  • Kitchen upper cabinets are a bit lower than usual making it easier for everyone to reach, including shorter people.
  • The garage is 4' wider and 4' longer than normal for easier access to cars. The garage door is a foot taller than standard to accommodate wheel chair vans or a boat.
  • All stairs at the house have only a 6" rise making them much more comfortable to climb.
  • All doors open with door handles, not knobs, and even the pockets doors have special hardware making them easier to open and close.
  • The house is easy to maintain including the exterior made of Hardy Board siding.




Small house

Flexhouse's design tries to use space wisely with no wasted space.

  • There is no separate powder room for guests on the first floor. The master bath has a pocket door that separates the toilet area from the master bath for privacy when guests come.
  • The upstairs alcove bed replaces a guest bedroom - saving space and creating a cozy sleeping area with storage underneath. It could replace the bedroom for a caregiver or an adult child or a roommate.
  • .There is no den or great room
  • Cathedral ceilings make the home seem larger than its square footage.
Universal Design/Aging in Place
Nice weather lets you extend the living room into the screened porch doubling its size.
Japanese inspired combination bath tub and shower in master bath.
Flat trench drain alleviates step into shower - bath  tub.

Low Maintenance

  • The house was built with great attention paid to structure and high quality materials to last many years ( hopefully 100).
  • The exterior is James Hardie Siding, a cement and wood fiber siding that is extremely durable and requires little or no maintenance. It also is mildew, insect, and fire resistant.
  • The triple pane vinyl windows do not require upkeep - will not rot or warp.
  • Exterior doors are fiberglass - easy to clean and will not rot or warp.
  • The grass is a mix of drought resistant strains for easy care.