Archive for April, 2012

Apr 25 2012

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What is “Aging in Place?” – The House Plan Shop

Empty-Nester House Plan 035H-0044In the past, if person had trouble living by himself/herself, it was a common sign that it was time to move in with relatives or move into a nursing home. For many people, this is no long the case. Today, many retirees, empty-nesters and seniors have the option to grow old and continue living on their own in their own homes for many years to come. This growing trend is called “aging in place.”

 

Aging in place is more than just staying put in your lifelong home that is familiar to you. It is living in comfortable and safe surroundings that fit with your abilities. People of all ages and abilities value their ability to live independently. But in order to age in place successfully, it is important to plan ahead. Having a plan will help you stay in control of your life for a much longer period of time. Knowing your health risks and financial well-being are two factors that will greatly influence a person’s ability to age in place in a comfortable and familiar setting.

 

Planning ahead to grow old in your home includes choosing a floor plan that is suitable for wheelchairs and walkers should you find you need one in the future. If you can afford to build a new home around with an eye on your golden years, you might consider an empty-nester house plan or even a handicap accessible house plan. Some people choose neighborhoods that offer a community driving service such as a bus of van to take them to the grocery store or bank should they find they are no longer able to drive. Others add ramps or lifts to access the entry door and add grab bars throughout the home making it easy to move around the home safely. Some add security systems that allow them to call for help if they should fall or become ill and are unable to get to a phone. Still others dedicate a portion of their finances to a savings account should they need to hire a healthcare provider, a laundry service, etc., to come into the home for regular visits should things become too hard for them to handle on their own.

 

There are many things you can do in your own home now to make it ready for you to age in place when the time comes. Please watch for The House Plan Shop’s next blog, Aging in Place and How to Do It in Your Home for ideas on what you can do to make your home ready to age in place.

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Apr 11 2012

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Featured Affordable House Plan for Family Living – The House Plan Shop

Affordable House Plan 042H-0017If you are looking for a family-friendly home plan with an economical design, consider this stylish ranch house plan. European details highlight the exterior while a covered front porch invites everyone inside. Beyond the entry you’ll find an efficient floor plan coupling the step-saver kitchen with the casual dining space making meal service a snap! Nearby, the comfortable great room handles family time and special holiday get-togethers with ease. A fireplace warms this gathering space on wintery nights while a rear porch and patio extend the living areas outdoors, perfect for nature lovers. Organization is at hand with the laundry room, planning desk and 2-car garage with storage teaming up at the back of the home. The right side of the house is dedicated to the sleeping zone where two family bedrooms are neatly arranged in front of the master bedroom. A hall bath accommodates the children’s needs. Your master bedroom enjoys a walk-in closet and deluxe bath outfitted with His and Her vanities and a soothing garden tub. Just right for families on a budget, this affordable home plan is worth taking a closer look.

 

Browse more home plans like this one in our Small and Affordable House Plan collection.

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