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.
What are some elements you want to incorporate into your Archival Designs retirement home plan?
After countless hours you’ve finally chosen the houseof your dreams. Now the real fun begins! When it’s time to choose the color scheme for your home, treat it the same way you would the interior. The right color scheme will help boost it’s curb appeal while expressing your personality and style.
1. Bright and airy.
Paint materials such as stucco, shakes, or siding a light and neutral off-white to create a bright and homelike exterior. To keep things interesting, add a pop of color to shutters or front door, and select a medium warm tone for the roof. By adding color to your palette the overall scheme will feel warm and inviting.
The charming Cumberland Cottage house plan features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms in under 2,000 sq. ft.
You’ve found the house of your dreams, and are ready to embark on the exciting journey of home building. One of the most difficult decisions homeowners are faced with is choosing the dependable and skilled contractor.
Here are 9 tips that will help you choose the right contractor for your dream home.
With the holidays around the corner, we begin to envision ourselves baking and enjoying warm home-cooked meals with our family and closest friends.
In recent times, kitchens have made the transition from a simple functional room for meal preparation to a cozy space for family to gather and unwind at the end of a long day.
Beautiful, and functional kitchen designs can be found in home plans of styles and sizes. No matter how small or large your future home will be, you will enjoy Archival Designs‘ featured gourmet kitchen designs and their outstanding functionality.
The Presente House Plan (2,344 sq. ft.) features a large cooking island ideal for meal preparation while entertaining friends, or helping children with homework. A full window wall in the sink area allows for maximum daylight to flood the space. Wall ovens, and an over-sized refrigerator make this kitchen functional in all settings. Three large cabinets for floor to ceiling pantry space accommodate everyday items, as well as bulk purchases from large membership stores.
The Fairhope house plan is a top-selling luxury design in a smaller size. The luxurious kitchen upgrades take this 2,666 sq. ft. home to the level of a mansion. Enjoy an over-sized island ideal for serving during the holidays, or a quiet breakfast area to enjoy with the kids. Plentiful counter space allows for family cooked meals, while additional space between the island and sink area ensure comfortable working space for more than one.
Builder confidence is not only increasing in the United States, but also in Canada. Archival Designs is seeing an increase in design commissions in North America, one of which is a new 10,000 sq. ft. home to be built Spring 2015 in Newfoundland, Canada.
To learn more about our custom home plan services visit www.ArchivalDesigns.com or call our home plan specialists at 770-831-6363.