Catherine and her husband, Nick, are the co-owners of Balding Brothers. Catherine loves creating fresh, new spaces and assisting clients with the design process. Balding Brothers is an award-winning, design-build residential remodeling company specializing in larger projects and whole-house remodels. Balding Brothers is proud of its talented team and offers its clients a boutique, personalized service. Catherine received an undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD, and an MBA from UNCW. When not working, Catherine loves spending time outside with family and friends. Catherine and Nick are proud parents to two sweet and fun-loving young children, Nora and Aidan.
An interesting phenomenon right now is that we are all learning to be more flexible – even the super organized, early planners amongst us are accepting and welcoming change when necessary. As our lives change and evolve to meet these new and sometimes urgent demands, we can't help but ask our homes to do the same. Because we have all been spending a considerable amount of time in our homes over the past several months, creating a flexible-use space, or flex-space, might be something you have been considering. The addition of flex-space will not only add value to your daily life but to your home as well.
Popular ways people are using flex space right now are:
Home Schooling Area
Yoga / Gym Room
If you already have a dedicated space that can truly be separated from the other main living areas, then your home already has a great flex-room. Be sure to consider the effect of sounds or noise levels when deciding upon your flex-space. Your flex-space won't truly be working for you unless you can take a Zoom call uninterrupted or go for an early morning Peloton ride without waking anyone else up in the house. So, when you are considering which area of your home to convert into a flex space, take a moment to visualize the details of how you will be using the space.
Another popular option right now is finishing the unfinished "bonus room" or FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). They are generally large and spacious and work well at being flexible and separated from the main areas. By design, FROGs and bonus rooms are already separated from the main living areas, making them the perfect destination for flex-space. Creating a plan to personalize one of these spaces is an easy way to use the space in your home more efficiently all while giving you the much-needed custom space you deserve.
If every space in your home is accounted for, some popular alternative locations for larger flex spaces are building a detached garage or guest house. These separate buildings are substantial projects but alluring nonetheless because of their custom nature. It is important to consider if and how this investment would make sense for you and your property. For instance, if you've accumulated additional outdoor equipment, a recreational vehicle, or a new boat it might be time to add the detached garage that you've been dreaming about.
The pandemic has intensified our need to be adaptable and created a real advantage to having a flexible living space. At Balding Brothers, we love learning more about our clients, their homes, and their lives so that we can rise to the challenge of creating beautiful spaces that truly work for them.
If you're ready to create a customized plan for your new space, call the team at Balding Brothers today at 910-251-2721 to start the process.