In the past, the American home had a standard list of rooms – living, dining, kitchen, bed, and bath – but as time progressed, so did our homes. What we wanted in our homes overtook the bare essentials of what was needed in the homes of previous generations.
Kitchens became gathering places, craft centers, and work stations. Family rooms became home theaters and technology centers. Bedrooms became suites with sitting rooms and oasis master baths. Suddenly, homes weren’t designed to meet needs as much as they were designed to enhance and even improve quality of life.
Homeowners wanted new spaces that didn’t even have names yet. These new spaces had functions, but nobody knew exactly what to call them. Why? Because depending on the specific family and that family’s stage in life, these new spaces were being used differently by every household.
So, architects and designers officially dubbed this ever-morphing part of the home as flex space. These are the spaces in homes that enhance, function, and perform to meet the needs of the different chapters of our lives. (To learn more, please read Mary Cook’s Functional Flex Space article)
In the “Custom Wine Cellar” episode of Toll Lifestyle TV, John and Ginny show how they customized the flex space in their Toll Brothers home to fit into their lifestyle. For them, this meant finishing their basement with a bar, movie theater, and wine cellar, but for others it could mean putting in a home office, gym, or yoga studio.
That’s the beauty of flex space, it can be turned into whatever you want it to be, and it’s all based on the simple idea: Life requires us to be flexible. Your home should be, too.
With the “Design Your Own Home” feature, Toll Brothers allows home buyers to customize their new homes so that they fit into their lifestyle. Buyers are able to see what selections are included with the home design they picked and what is available as an option like adding a covered lanai, an expanded family room, or a morning kitchen. They even have the ability to add outlets, receptacles, speakers, and lights in each room. (To learn more, please read the Design Your Own Home article)
It’s important for your home to meet your wants and needs, and that’s why we think you should be able to customize it in a way that works best for you.
Please visit Toll Brothers’ Design Your Own Home website to learn more.