It’s a simple detail, but one that Donald A. Gardner Architects consistently gets right: the study that converts into a guest suite. For maximum utility, this room should be located on the first floor (easier for everyone to access), adjacent to a full bath (because guests shouldn’t have to share), and not open to the foyer (or if so, it should include another doorway to a more secluded hallway). 

Flexible Bathroom Near Mud Room

Every detail of this attractive hillside home is geared towards flexibility and ease. Take the bathroom near the mud room: located by the garage entrance, it's convenient for family members to use before heading out, but can easily be closed off for private use of the bedroom/study when guests come to visit. Two islands add tons of counter space to the kitchen. The master suite includes double walk-in closets and easy access to one of the many porches. On the lower level, two bedroom suites flank a cozy rec room. Upstairs, a bonus room with skylights offers a bright space to expand. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Study Opens to Foyer and Hall

A beautiful portico and discreet side-loading garage give this home plenty of curb appeal. The great room will be a wonderful place for family gatherings, with rear-porch access, a fireplace, built-in shelving, and a pass-through to the kitchen. Serving the dining room and breakfast nook, the kitchen features lots of counter and cabinet space and a cooktop island for ultimate convenience. Two family bedrooms share a full bath near the front of the home (one also opens to the foyer to serve as a study if desired). The master suite, with an intimate sitting area, luxurious bath, and twin walk-in closets, is sure to please. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Streamlined Open Layout

Stone, stucco and shingles blend together to create a great-looking Craftsman exterior for this four-bedroom plan. On the main level, the great room flows into the kitchen, the open dining room, and the screen porch. This level also holds the luxurious master suite and a study that can easily house guests. Two more bedrooms, a rec room, and lots of extra basement space complete the lower level. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Aging in Place Potential

Here's a striking home with a flexible layout. Buyers with kids can use the large bonus space next to the secondary bedrooms upstairs for a playroom or homework space. With the master suite on the first floor, aging in place is easier. The bedroom/study on this level could also become an office or craft room, complete with an adjacent full bath. Convenient details include the master bath's linen closet, the kitchen's snack counter, and extra storage space in the garage. See more images, information, and the floor plan.