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Oct 26 2011

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Comfortable & Stylish: Featured Empty-Nester House Plan

Empty-Nester House Plan 046H-0033Prefect for singles or couples who have raised their children and are looking forward to a comfortable and relaxed retirement, this empty-nester house plan is worth taking a closer look. Designed all on one level, the floor plan delivers comfortable spaces and practical features like an open floor plan, main level laundry room, walk-in shower in the master bath and a flexible library that easily converts to a guest bedroom when all the grandkids arrive for the weekend. You’ll appreciate the front and rear, covered porches, perfect for visiting with guests while enjoying after dinner drinks outdoors. The vaulted ceilings in the great room and dining area generate a sense of spaciousness making any special gathering open and relaxed. The secondary bedroom in the rear is just right for baby boomers who have an aging relative in their care. The nearby full bath is conveniently located. Efficient features include generous counter space in the pass-thru kitchen, a handy pantry, 2-car garage and ample closet space throughout. The corner fireplace, fanciful ceiling treatment topping the master bedroom and the splashy garden tub are just a few of the elegant extras this ranch house plan has to offer.


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Nov 17 2010

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6 Things to Know about Baby Boomer House Plans

053G-0024 House PlanThe people of our society born between 1946 and 1964 are known as Baby Boomers. There are 75-80 million Booomers out there, and they make up more than a quarter of the population in the US. Furthermore, they represent nearly half of our current workforce. Many in this collective group of people are newly retired, about to retire, or looking forward to retirement not too far down the road. This amazing group of people has had quite an influence on society – the way it has grown and changed. Likewise, they have played an influential role in home design. Baby Boomers have their own ideas about the homes they wish to live in after retirement. Below are six floor plan elements commonly requested by Boomers.


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3.    Flexible rooms than can serve a specific purpose and easily convert to another purpose as the occupant’s lifestyle changes and evolves.

4.    Open living areas that can be arranged differently to accommodate various situations, gatherings and events.

5.    Indoor and outdoor entertainment spaces that can satisfy both formal and casual gatherings such as playing games and barbecuing with the grandkids or hosting and elegant, holiday dinner party.

6.    A guest room with private bath that can accommodate an elderly family member in the occupant’s care or a place for the kids and grandkids to sleep when they visit for the weekend.

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Jul 08 2009

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House Plans for Baby Boomers

0062-front-photoThe nation’s baby boomers are reaching a point in their lives when it is time to downsize from their larger homes to something that is a bit smaller, comfortable, accommodating and requires less maintenance and upkeep. This group of potential home buyers is growing and these people are faced with changes in lifestyle that were not found in the generations before them. To accommodate these changes, “baby boomer trends” are popping up in new home construction now more than ever. This collective group covers a broad spectrum of people ranging in age from their late 40s to their mid to late 60s. They include singles, working couples, retired couples, and those who have lost a spouse. Most of these people have raised their children and are now finding themselves in a home far too big or extravagant for their needs. Furthermore, many are discovering that even though their children are gone, they still have someone in their care, aging parents or other relatives. Others have an eye on the future when they may have an aging relative living with them or they are considering their own futures, in regards to health and abilities in the years to come. Keeping these thoughts in mind, review the following list describing many of the most requested features baby boomers are looking for in their next house plan.


Less total living area – Face it, now is the time to be enjoying life. Who wants to spend time cleaning and maintaining rooms that are rarely or never used like the three extra bedrooms and finished basement you needed 20 years ago when you were raising your kids?

Low maintenance exteriors – While opting for less space to take care of inside, many baby boomers are opting for less to take care of outside as well. Low maintenance exteriors with a siding or brick façade and few decorative frills mean less time spent on the upkeep of the home’s exterior appearance.

Open floor plans – Barrier free living spaces with few dividing walls make it easy to move about the home. This makes it easier for those who use canes, walkers or wheelchairs to move about independently with having to maneuver around obstacles.

Single-level homes – Arranging living and sleeping areas all on one level allows accessibility for everyone, especially those who are challenged by stairs.

Fewer bedrooms and baths – Most baby boomers are asking for a nicely sized master bedroom with a deluxe, private bath and one extra bedroom or bath that can be used as a guest suite for visitors, sleepovers with the grandkids or accommodations for an older relative who is not able to live alone but does not wish to live in a retirement home, assisted care facility or the like.

0169-int-8Walk-in showers – Baby boomers caring for an aging relative are realizing now more than ever the need for walk-in showers. Stepping into the shower can be a great challenge. A walk-in shower offers a convenient and safe solution that is perfect for many people that face physical challenges and limitations. Not only is this nice feature a solution for those that baby boomers are caring for, but it may come in handy years from now when this generation is faced with the same challenges their parents and other family members are faced with now.

Home offices – Many baby boomers are still working full time but have opted for telecommuting requiring a home office that can accommodate a computer, phone lines and more. Others have retired from one job just to start up a business they have dreamed about for a long time.

Exercise areas – More than ever, the baby boomer generation is becoming aware of the need to practice good health habits. With that comes a desire to have a home gym, workout area, etc. Many are looking for homes that incorporate a dedicated space for working out such as an exercise area where they can practice yoga, pop in an aerobics video, walk on a treadmill or do some strength training with a home gym machine.

Spaces for relaxation and enjoyment – Baby boomers owe it to themselves to kick back and relax from time to time or spend time enjoying their favorite hobby. There is an uptick with this generation requesting features in their homes that promote relaxation and enjoyment. Weather is it is a hobby room, garage workshop, soaking tub in the master bath, state-of-the-art entertainment center, quite den or expansive deck, baby boomers are asking home builders for the things they enjoy most.


If you plan to build a new home and you are indeed part of the baby boomer generation, think about all of these features. Review and consider house plans that incorporate the elements that will be most beneficial to you. Chances are you will appreciate for these thoughtful features for many years to come.

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