Expandable House Plans - 3 Examples Why They Are a Flexible Choice When Building a Small Home

For homeowners planning to build a small home, choosing house plans with flexible options offer more solutions in resolving future housing needs and will better position them to confront potential problems and unforeseen changes in their lifestyle. From years of designing diverse custom homes for clients with varying needs, we have seen firsthand how well the house plans have or have not served their intended use. Here are 3 situations in which flexible, build-in-stages house plans have (or would have) resolved unexpected events experienced by our clients over time.

Expandable House Plans Provide Additional Bedrooms

This divorced mother of 1 teenage child was quite comfortable in her small, 2 bedroom home, close to a very lucrative job, when along came "Mr. Right" with 3 kids of his own. Due to the distance, relocating to his larger home was not an option and selling in the current real estate market would have been slow at best. Fortunately, when originally building the small home, she had the foresight to get expandable house plans which included provisions for adding on more living space and bedrooms without disrupting the main house. The addition was easily constructed while she was able to live in the home.

Build-in-Stages House Plans Offer Space for Returning Family Members

This retired couple who had downsized to a smaller home was forced to take in their married daughter and her family due to her job loss. Fortunately, much-needed breathing room was easily achieved with their expandable house design. Adding on to the existing small home was trouble-free and painless since they had already built phase one of a build-in-stages expandable house plan. Completing phase two, which was specifically designed as a separate addition, allowed them to live in the main structure of the home with the least amount of disruption during the construction process.

A Flexible House Plan Appeals to a Broader Market

When this retired couple designed their new home with downsizing in mind, their goal was to keep rooms and square footage to a bare minimum. Although there is nothing wrong with that approach, they neglected to make provisions for any additions and enlargements that a potential buyer or future home owner may have wanted. After the wife's death and his subsequent failing health, the husband planned to relocate to be near his grown children. However, selling his small home proved to be a challenge, taking far longer than it should have and at a significant loss. Too bad he didn't have an expandable home design, one that would have offered more flexible options to potential buyers.

Expandable house plans that make provisions for building in stages or conveniently adding on rooms are much more flexible and appealing to future home owners. Addressing the needs of a larger market share of home owners increases the resale value and marketability of small house plans and makes their function far more versatile for those living in the homes.