Having options is good. If you need more space to expand in the future, bonus room house plans give you the opportunity. Usually located over the garage, a bonus room presents a versatile space that could become a home office, playroom, craft space, art studio, home exercise room, or just about anything else.
Many house plans with bonus rooms are 1 Story House Plans or 1 1/2 Story House Plans to give you the best of both worlds: the ease and convenience of single-story living with the versatility of an extra storage space upstairs when you need it.
Other bonus room floor plans are 2 Story House Planswith the bonus room adjacent to secondary bedrooms. That makes the extra space handy as a playroom for kids or a quiet work space, perhaps for telecommuting or running a business from home. Into arts and crafts? Bonus rooms make great art studios or crafting zones, especially when they include at least a couple of windows to receive natural light. Many bonus rooms include dormer windows, adding charm and drawing in light.
The bonus room can be as simple or as elaborate as you need. Some large bonus spaces can serve as full-fledged in-law apartments, complete with kitchenettes, living rooms, and even full bathrooms. Relatives, visitors, or young adults (perhaps a new college grad who has returned home to live to save money) will appreciate the extra independence of an in-law suite like this.
Bonus square footage typically is not included in the living square footage calculation, but you can see how much it would add by looking at the plan detail page (or give us a call if you’re not sure).