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Generally speaking, a “flex-space” is exactly as its name implies. A flexible-space which can be used for a purpose most needed by individual / family living in house at current time. The room’s function might change over time, due to family’s current needs, but typical uses include an children’s playroom, home study, extra storage, and/or an extra bathroom.
Conversely, a “bonus room” is usually created (by designer’s intent) due to an inherent feature of particular design style. For example, a house with a traditional style might utilize a relatively high-pitched gable over garage area of home. The “unused” space created by gable and relative location of “bonus space” in overall floorplan, can create a usable space that, if appropriately accessible via stairs in floorplan layout, can create a extremely useful livable space, which would ordinarily have been included as part of attic.
This type of space represents a extremely good value in a price per square foot regard, as its relatively inexpensive to additionally build since core structure of space has already been built (the floor via roof of garage, and ceiling via vaulted interior roof of house).
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