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A first look inside the Flexhouse2 model

by Joe Zekas on 6/13/14

Flexhouse2 held its model grand opening late yesterday afternoon and one of the well-attended event’s main attractions was the model’s master suite, which occupies the entire top floor of the home.

The oversized master bath has a large window and two entrances. A large walk-in closet, additional closets and a spacious master bedroom complete the suite.

The second floor has two bedrooms and a full bath.

I didn’t shoot the first floor because it held a crowd. It has the sleek, minimalist esthetic that’s typical of Ranquist developments.

Flexhouse2 has an unusually large, for a row home, 50-foot yard and a 2-car garage with a lofted storage area.

You’ll find more details on this Logan Square development at Flexhouse2′s website.

If you’re checking out the neighborhood, the popular Kosciuszko Park is two short blocks west of Flexhouse2. The park has a large field house, a natatorium, ball fields, a tennis court and a playground.

Note: Flexhouse2 has been a YoChicago advertiser.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

dg June 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Any idea what type of siding they used on this project?


Joe Zekas June 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

You’ll find the answer on the spec sheet (pdf) at the project’s website: “fiber cement board.”


dg June 13, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Yeah, saw that before, wasn’t sure if there was a specific brand that they had mentioned to you. No big deal.


Joe Zekas June 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM


I don’t think I’ve ever had a developer or a salesperson highlight the brand of siding on a building.


Hello June 13, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Nichiha I believe is what they use


dg June 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Thanks Joe. I think there are plenty of developers that highlight Hardie lap or panel siding.

In any event, thanks. And Thanks Hello – I’ll take a look at the brand you mentioned. Finishing up a project and looking at hardie, smart side, etc for a garage. I like the colors Ranquist has used in Flexhouse 1 and 2. Appreciate the info.


Benjy August 21, 2014 at 5:41 PM

I looked at these a few weeks back, and while some things were nice, others were super impractical in terms of livability… no closet of any sort on the main level, as if we never have coats or boots. And no doors on the master bathroom, as if one wants to hear and smell their partner doing their business. But the room sizes were generous and well laid out, closet space was amazing on upper floors (so why none on main!).


Joe Zekas August 21, 2014 at 9:38 PM


The large closet you mention separates the master bedroom from the master bath, which can easily be closed off with a door if someone wishes.

Surprised you didn’t mention the lack of a first-floor powder room – again something that can be added along with a closet.

What you see as shortcomings are seen by others as part of the “flex” concept for people to adapt as they see fit.

This is definitely not a traditional home.


Benjy August 22, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Sure, Joe, there is a concept of “flexible” living styles… but needing a place for coats in Chicago is pretty f’ing mandatory. Create some sort of alcove and be flexible whether it get closed off into a closet, or filled with cubbies and hooks. I don’t know too many people who find it preferable to see their partner on the pot or are so put out by navigating a door to the toilet. Include it and remove if desired. These oversights seem more like cost cutting than flexibility. Sure you can add a closet, powder room, kitchen island, bathroom doors, etc. but you can then also add $30k to the price!


Joe Zekas August 22, 2014 at 2:28 PM


I’d have the same preference for a coat closet that you do – but it should be obvious that not everyone does. Some might prefer an item that you don’t have to amortize over a 30-year mortgage.

As to the toilet in the master bath, it’s in an alcove that’s far more private than what you’ll find in most master baths, even in much more expensive homes. And this master bath is large.

What you consider “oversights” were, I believe, deliberate design choices. Of course they reduce costs, but whether that’s a negative or a positive is also something that reasonable people can disagree on. I interviewed a number of buyers at the project, both on and off camera, and none of them expressed the reservations you have.


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