Empty Nester House Plans: Affordable and Functional

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Old Wesley | Empty Nester House Plan | Archival Designs

Many times as empty nester’s begin preparing for retirement the need for a scaled down home becomes evident.   Small cottage designs and small luxury house plans are at the top of the list for these downsizing families.

Cumberland cottage house lan archival designs southern architectural style
At-a-glance: 4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2-Car Garage

A small functional home plan demands different design elements.  Aging in place is important which makes ranch floor plans most fitting for empty nesters.  It is important for the house plan designer to use creativity to make use of smaller spaces and utilize every square inch available.  Lofts in these floor plans are often an attractive option because of their flexible nature.   In a ranch home, it can be built within the peak of the roof, under the main ridge, and overlook the finished area below. The loft can be utilized as a home office or a playroom for the grandchildren.

Pepperwood Place | Ranch House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Pepperwood Place by Archival Designs |  2830 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths

The key to designing an empty nester house plan is to maximize seamless flow and flexibility from room to room.   For example, focusing on an open “family triangle” keeps the kitchen open to casual dining and into the family room.  The interior design of the home also play a large part in the functionality of smaller spaces.  Kitchen cabinets are installed at taller heights to make use of space and microwaves are built-in to free up valuable counter space.  In older homes, the space over a refrigerator was used for a cabinet close to the wall which was hard to reach and lacked functionality. In today’s home plans, that once unreachable cabinet is being brought to the front of the refrigerator this adds another area for valuable storage. Side by side refrigerators are popular as they make better use of a smaller space.

Clarita | Small Luxury House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Clarita House | Archival Designs | 2619 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths
Fairhope | Open Layout House Plan | Archival Designs
At-a-glance: Fairlight House | Archival Designs | 2430 S.F. | 3 Beds | 2.5 Baths

The master bedroom is on one side of the ranch house plan while the secondary bedrooms are on the other side. This allows the long hallway to bedrooms to be eliminated and provides home owner’s the privacy they desire from family or guests.  Additional living space can be achieved when a design can blur the lines between inside and out.  A popular moveable glass wall of sliding doors or a screened porch adds to everyday living space.

Indoor & Outdoor Living

Today, builders and developers often market to consumers in need of cost effective homes.  Empty nester house plan are in demand as the 55+ housing market increases each year.

What are some elements you want to incorporate into your Archival Designs retirement home plan?

 

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Entry-level Homes Making a Comeback.

In recent years, the tiny-home trend has taken that philosophy to the extreme. But it hasn’t quite caught on with mainstream America. The overwhelming majority of home buyers still prefer to own an abode with ample space in which to live, relax and entertain.

Cedar Crest House Plan - Archival Designs Luxury Home Plans
Cedar Crest House – Narrow 41-foot wide home plan boasts a 14×20 family room.

The median size of homes built in 2015 was bigger than ever, and the portion of those homes with four or more bedrooms grew to 47 percent. But so far in 2016, the median home size appears to have reached a plateau, leveling off after several years of gradual growth.

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Affordable Home Upgrades That Impress

1. Enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Spruce up your front entry with a new layer of mulch, and thoughtfully planted shrubs.  Add a pop of color to your landscape design with easy care Black-Eyed Susan or Dianthus flowers.

Amboise House Plan - Front Entry
Grand entry of the Amboise house plan featuring lush landscaping.

2. Spice up your front door.

A new front door can  change the look of your foyer dramatically.  Update your existing door with paint and trim, or install a brand new design that includes glass and wood stain.

Hazletine House Plan | Archival Designs
Foyer – Stained wood and glass double front door in the Hazletine house plan.

3. Upgrade your kitchen’s appliances.

The look of new appliances and fixtures in your kitchen will instantly modernize your kitchen and allow for more functionality.  No paint or back splash needed!

Baltimore House Plan | Archival Designs
Beautiful stainless steel appliances and a front panel extra large refrigerator make the Baltimore‘s kitchen are a chef’s dream.

4. Accessorize your bathroom.

A new  vanity or fixture could do just the trick!  Give you bathroom a different vibe by replacing the cabinet hardware.  Accessorize with a new light fixture, shelves, and paintings to complete the look.

Luxor House Plan | Archival Designs
The Luxor house master bathroom features floating shelves with unique pieces of art and modern cabinet hardware.

5. Transform a forgotten room.

Take advantage of every square inch of your home by transforming an unused bedroom into a multipurpose room.  Depending on your family’s need you can transform a dull space into a playroom, craft area, or media room.

Wexford House Plan | Archival Designs
In the Wexford house plan, a forgotten bedroom was reclaimed as an art studio.

6. Enjoy the outdoors.

Enjoy your patio or deck by creating intimate sitting areas perfect for reading, dining, and enjoying a warm summer day.  Choose comfortable furniture as you would for the interior of your home, and accessorize with outdoor rugs, pillow, and lighting.

Big Canoe House | Archival Designs
The outdoor living area in the Big Canoe house plan will be sure to impress your family and friends. Intimate seating areas allow for long chats and delicious meals.

7. Spring clean (any time of year)!

Borrow a few staging tips from your favorite home decorating TV show.  De-cluttering and moving your existing accessories around will give your home the face lift you desire.

Savannah House Plan | Archival Designs
The Savannah House plan features minimal accessories allowing the furniture to be the star of the show.