The answer to the above riddle is… a well-designed house with a flexible floor plan that meets the needs of the current and future residents. Change, flexibility, affordability, and convenience together spell a thriving, resilient, and sustainable future! The job before us is nothing short of a reinvention of the America Dream. Here’s some ideas to consider as you’re designing your dream living space and neighborhood. Enjoy!
A Sustainable Floor Plan in a Sustainable Neighborhood
Ed and Bill are two young professionals, old college roommates and best friends who are searching for an affordable home where they can launch their careers and start building equity. They find the answer in buying a home together to save money and to keep their college rituals alive. The home that makes it all work has a flexible floor plan, and with a tenants-in-common joint ownership agreement, they move in.
Ed is a self-employed free-lance writer and sets up his office in the downstairs owner’s studio. Bill is a new attorney who is anxious to jump into the courtroom and he decides to set his office up in the media room and live in the front bedroom (Master Suite 2). Ed takes the master bedroom and they share the kitchen and living room. To help make their mortgage payments, they decide to rent out the downstairs storefront to a local clothing store. This way they‘ll have a quiet renter and supplemental income. The middle room downstairs (work 2), behind the store, is completely dedicated to the ping-pong table and music, for playing ping-pong and music with friends are Ed and Bills’s stress-relieving ceremonies from their college days and Bill refuses to give them up.