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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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