Interior and Living Areas

Flexibility Over Time

Just as families change in size and composition over time, the interior spaces in a home can adjust to meet evolving lifestyles and needs. Modular design ideas build around a central spine that offers innovative flexibility by adding or removing modules. This customization approach accommodates changing household compositions and sizes: a new baby, a second child, kids leaving for college, empty nesters and aging parents. Modular design ideas typically provide a customized interior at a relatively low cost for each new configuration. Keep in mind that modular flexibility is not for daily or weekly adjustments, but rather provides flexible options over many years through various life events and lifestyle changes.



Some renovation costs will be lower than standard homes due to minimizing needed renovations over time: doors and walls don’t need to be remodeled to be changed. Needs an installer.

How-to tip

A renovation may require the removal of structural walls and the installation of load-carrying beams. New flooring may also be needed. Moveable furniture will make this flexible design easier to convert from mostly closed to fully open (the backs of furniture should be hidden with the open doors). There are several moving wall systems to explore.