“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” –Jimmy Johnson

Who doesn’t love a little something extra? An unexpected gift or bonus added to an already good thing makes it even better — think sprinkles on a sundae.

Well, in custom home building, a bonus room is the “little something extra” that takes your new home from ordinary to extraordinary.

In this article you will learn:

  • What “bonus room” means
  • Why flex spaces are so popular
  • How flexible living areas can be used


What’s a Bonus Room?

First, in order to fully appreciate the appeal of these special spaces, it’s important to understand what defines a bonus room.

Simply put, bonus rooms are “do whatever you want” areas in your home.

Whether it’s called a bonus room, flex space, double-duty room, flexible area, or multipurpose room, all of the terms basically mean the same thing: open areas with options.


Why are Flex Spaces so Popular?

Now more than ever, a cookie-cutter home with a standard layout and features isn’t good enough.

People want the freedom to design their home the way they want, for the way they live. Specifically, forward-thinking homeowners want a flexible floor plan with adaptable, multipurpose areas.

In an effort to add that personal touch today’s homeowner desires, builders, especially reputable custom home builders, are featuring flex spaces in their floor plans.

These open-ended bonus rooms offer homeowners an opportunity to personalize their home to fit their needs. In addition, some flex rooms actually make a home larger because they add more livable space.

For example, you may be looking at the Kirkwood floor plan that’s 1552 square feet, but converting the bonus room above the garage into a spare bedroom will make it a 1741 square foot home.

To sum up, a bonus room provides the ultimate flexibility in how homeowners want to use their home.


How Can a Flexible Area be Used?

Now that you have a solid understanding of what a bonus room is and its benefits, it’s time to let your imagination run wild. How will you use your flexible living area? Also, how could it be used ten years from now?

From fun to functional, here are some bonus room ideas to get you started:


Game Room

Install a big screen TV, recliners, and a pool table. Make it as simple or elaborate as you like.


Home Theater

Sit back and enjoy the movie theater experience in the comfort of your own home.


Family Room

With the latest smart home devices, this is the TV-watching, tech area of your dreams.


Guest Suite

Use a first floor space as an extra bedroom complete with its own bathroom.


Home Gym

Bad weather won’t keep you from meeting your New Year’s fitness goals.


Home Office

Add doors to your flex space and you’ll have the privacy you need to work from home.


Kids’ Playroom

This is a great way to keep toys and noise from wreaking havoc on the rest of your home.



Love books and have piles to prove it? This is the perfect place to escape into your favorite story.


Creative Space

Do you enjoy painting, singing, or dancing? Create a room dedicated to what you love to do.


Laundry/Mud/Pet Room

Throw in a load of laundry before you bath a dirty dog. This double-duty room’s as hardworking as you are!

In conclusion, calling something a “bonus” means it makes a good thing even better. And what could be better than getting more options and flexibility for your new home?


A bonus room can add that “little something extra” that will make your dream home a reality.

Give Fine Line Homes a call or visit www.finelinehomes.com to get started.