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Multigenerational House Plans: A Growing Need

After increasing dramatically during the Great Recession, the formation of multigenerational households shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, a record 60.6 million people lived in multigenerational homes in 2014, according to Pew Institute analysis of census data. The Pew research center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about issues and attitudes trends shaping American and the world.

Pepperwood Place | Multigenerational House | In-law Suite
Pepperwood Place | Multigenerational House | In-law Suite | Archival Designs

This means that nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population lives in households consisting of two or more adult generations. There are many reasons for this trend, reflecting both economic realities and cultural preferences.

The recession caused many adult children to return home after college, either because they weren’t able to get jobs that would cover rent, or they wanted to save up to buy homes of their own. Significantly, living with parents was the most popular housing option for adults ages 18 to 34 in 2014, according to the Pew Institute.  In-law Suite home plans offers separate living spaces for adults.  Archival Designs offers stock home plans, for example, the Pepperwood Place and the Tilly which accommodate adult privacy.

Tilly | In-Law Suite | Multigenerational House Plan
Tilly | In-Law Suite | Multigenerational House Plan | Archival Designs

For many ethnic and immigrant groups, multiple generations of a family living together is a common cultural custom. The country’s growing Asian and Hispanic populations helps contribute to the formation of multigenerational households, too.  However, Pew research shows that multigenerational households are increasing in popularity with nearly all racial groups, as well as all age groups and with both men and women.

Multigenerational households also form so that grandparents can help take care of their grandchildren, and as they age, their children can care for them. This type of arrangement can ease financial burdens as well, with several generations contributing to the mortgage payment and not having to incur the expenses of childcare, retirement housing or professional care-giving environments. The house plan designer at Archival Designs has implemented the need for American families by offering  an entire portfolio of multi-generational home plans.

Adeline House Plan | Multigenerational House | In-law Suite
Adeline House Plan | Multigenerational House | In-law Suite | Archival Designs

Home builders and remodelers are building and renovating homes to meet the needs of multigenerational households. These designs allow many generations of the same family to live together under one roof yet have private areas as well as combined living space.

Features of multigenerational home plans can include in-law suites within the main home with separate areas for independent living. These often have kitchenettes and en suite bathrooms, and sometimes private entrances from the street. They frequently include “universal design” features and products, which focus on maximum usability by people of all ages and abilities. Examples include wider hallways, walk-in showers, smooth flooring transitions, and cabinets with pull-out drawers.

To learn more about multigenerational home plans call our home plan specialists at 770-831-6363.

Spring Housing Market Demand for Affordable Homes is Overheating

The demand for low-priced and affordable homes is the strongest since the recession. The 2017 the  housing market demand for small homes for first time and empty-nesters home buyers is hot.  According to Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist for Trulia, “Housing affordability is the key to helping move inventory, but all signs are showing that homes this spring will be much less affordable than last year”.

old wesley empty nester small house plan
Old Wesley | Empty Nester House Plan | Archival Designs

The national sales of pre-designed home have grown to the highest level ever.  Entry-level homes are scarce and buyers are finding building a home comes with great benefits.  Small cottage home plans have proven to be popular among millennials.   Empty-nester house plans and craftsman house plans are some of the favorite styles among the remainder of the demographics.

Harthaven House Plan | Entry-level House | Archival Designs
Harthaven House Plan | Entry-level House | Archival Designs

Another change in pre-designed housing sales is the demand for one-story homes.  These ranch floor plans are one level for the 55+ age group that want to age in place.  These one-story home plans give the retired baby boomers the best of all worlds.

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

As you prepare to build your new home, call your local branch of the National Association of Home Builders to find a builder in your area.  Potential buyers can negotiate the best building price from a quality group of professional builders.

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Small Houses, Big Living

Less house, more home.   If you’re concerned building a small house means sacrificing modern amenities, think again!

So, why build small?  Here are a few things to consider:

  • Maximize functionality in every square inch.  Building a home is an investment, and it’s not secret consumers want to get the most bang for their buck.  Smaller home plans are thoughtfully designed providing quality spaces that flow seamlessly, and allow comfortable living for homeowners.
  • Purposeful spaces with quality materials.  By building less square feet, the total construction budget can be invested into higher quality materials in spaces that will actually be used.  Long gone are the days of living or dining rooms only used during special occasions.
  • Save time and live simply.  A smaller house means less cleaning, maintaining, and clutter.  By allowing the quantify of time devoted to maintaining the home to decrease, families can experience a newfound sense of freedom to enjoy each other.

Here are a few of our favorite homes under 2,500 sq. ft., boasting countless features:

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The Time to Build is Now!

As the economy continues to move in the right direct, homeowner and builder confidence is on the rise.  The time to build the home you’ve been dreaming about is now!  The last decade has taken the economy and housing industry on a roller-coaster ride.  Fortunately, builder confidence is the highest we have seen since November 2005 (NAHB ).

Dalmany House Plan - Ranch - Front View
Dalmany House: This plan is 2,275 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The Dalmany is a stunning addition to any sub-division, and with all that room for growth and entertainment, no wonder it’s one of our best-selling house plans!

As we approach 2016, homeowners across the nation are feeling financial stability.  Archival Designs is committed to providing quality designs at an affordable price.

Old Wesley House

This ranch house plan is 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. This plans traditional style allows for an easy and fast build, a pleasant experience for you and the builder.

Old Wesley House Plan - House Plan - Ranch - Front
Old Wesley House Plan: This ranch house plan is 2,365 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.

Lady La Salette House Plan:

The Lady La Salette is a ranch style house plan with 2,315 sq. ft. This house plan boasts 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with an optional bonus room on the second floor.  This house will be easy to grow into as your family’s need change over the years.

Lady La Salette House Plan - Country Style House Plans - Ranch Home Plans
The Lady La Salette is 2,315 sq. ft. This house plan has 3 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, with optional bonus room on the second floor  offers a plethora of distinct house plans ranging in style and size to fit your needs! We are proud to share with you our customer’s most popular house plan picks of 2014-2015.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan:

This best-selling house plan offers 2,499 sq. ft. of comfort. This ranch style home has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms and an open floor plan, perfect for entertaining guest.

Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Tres Le Fleur House Plan - Archival Designs - Ranch Home Style
Tres Le Fleur House Plan: This best-selling house plan is 2,499 sq. ft. and has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms

The Pontarion II House Plan:

This Award winning house plan can be the home of your dreams. The Pontarion II house plan offers 4,041 sq. ft. of elegance and comfort. The striking grand room and oversized chef’s kitchen will give you plenty of space for entertaining.

Pontarion II House Plan - Luxury Home Plans - 3000 sq ft house
The Pontarion II House Plan: This award winning house plan has 4,041 Sq. Ft, 4 bedrooms, and 4 1/2 bathrooms

The Salem House Plan:

This 2-Story house plan has 2979 Sq. Ft. with a plethora of wonderful amenities. The Salem House has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms and a glorious 2 story family room, which is sure to leave any guest in awe.

Salem House Plan - Castle Style House Plan - Archival Designs - Salem - Stone Pond
The Salem House Plan This 2-Story house plan has 2,979 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms


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