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A well built home will stand long enough to see many families come and go during its lifetime, not all families will have the same needs. When drawing floor plans,with flexibly in mind can provide easier changes in the future.

Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, they might be gone or you might want to have some in the future. Design floor plans that work for you right now, but that can be easily adapted to accommodate different family dynamics in the future.

Flexible housing starts with a basic layout that allows for functional expansion in the future. Lay out your interior floor plan so that if you need to expand out or up, space is already allotted for access.


For example, this can be easily accomplished by: Design a bedroom so part of it can serve as a hallway for a future expansion while maintaining a reasonable size room. Expanding into attics - keep this is mind when designing your roof, consider rafters or a truss design that allows for head room, as well as a logical access that doesn't interrupt the flow of the lower floor.

Finishing basements is quite common for adding space to a home, but be sure your walls are well-constructed to prevent moisture damage. If you are pouring a basement floor but don't intend to finish it right away, consider installing radiant floor tubing as a future heat source.

Keep it simple

It’s a consistent rule of thumb in residential design. Roof planes tend to be simple shed roofs which offer plenty of daylight and view at the high side; the low profile on the opposite side maintains the privacy and low horizontal proportions. They’re straight-forward to frame, handsome visually, and cost-effective.



Designed to say your home

Upon approaching a your home, the entryway is solid and private. Once you enter the home the interior becomes increasingly transparent, until you reach a common area like the living room where the interiors open up to the view and landscaping. This sequence of experiences accomplishes several things; it maintains the privacy of the home toward the street, it creates a pleasurable experience moving through the spaces, and it rewards the viewer with a delightful view at the end (be it a forest or simply a well manicured back yard).

Passive house design

There are a lot of terms being thrown around when designing today's home; sustainability, passive house design, and green-design. Whether these terms actually benefit the home or environment depends on the situation, but the classic examples of passive design are so sensible that they should be incorporated into every house. One of the best examples of this occurs at the roof: well designed eaves are designed to keep the interiors shaded during the summer months but allow direct sunlight into the home during the chilly winters. Smart and cost-effective.

A well designed outdoor room

Outdoor rooms are just as important as indoor rooms. In a temperate climate, like Minnesota, you can spend a great deal of time outside. Extending the home’s roof out further is a cost-effective way to keep the rain off your outdoor dinner party in addition to defining the space. A well designed outdoor room quickly becomes one of the most treasured areas of a home.