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Flex appeal: Same house can take different shapes

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This first-floor office in the Kendall model at Whitmore Place in St. Charles could be a den or TV room.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

The Kendall model at Whitmore Place in St. Charles is offered by M/I Homes.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

In lieu of a third bay in the garage, William Ryan Homes can build a first-floor study, as shown in the model at The Preserves in Lindenhurst.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Buyers have a lot of options with flex space in the Jasper model by William Ryan Homes at The Preserves in Lindenhurst.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

A loft is utilized as a computer workstation in the Dalton model at the Arlington Crossings. It could also be furnished as a sitting area.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

A spare bedroom in the Providence model at Arlington Crossings is furnished as a workout room.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

The Arlington Crossings row houses are located a block away from shopping and dining spots in Arlington Heights.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

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Forget the formal living room filled with fancy furniture or the dining room rarely used except for the holidays. Flex is in. A popular trend in new homebuilding, flex space offers homebuyers just what they want: flexibility.
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    • This first-floor office in the Kendall model at Whitmore Place in St. Charles could be a den or TV room.
    •  The Kendall model at Whitmore Place in St. Charles is offered by M/I Homes.
    •  In lieu of a third bay in the garage, William Ryan Homes can build a first-floor study, as shown in the model at The Preserves in Lindenhurst.
    •  Buyers have a lot of options with flex space in the Jasper model by William Ryan Homes at The Preserves in Lindenhurst.
    •  A loft is utilized as a computer workstation in the Dalton model at the Arlington Crossings. It could also be furnished as a sitting area.
    •  A spare bedroom in the Providence model at Arlington Crossings is furnished as a workout room.
    •  The Arlington Crossings row houses are located a block away from shopping and dining spots in Arlington Heights.
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