Congratulations! The kids are out of the house (or they're on their way!) After over 18 years of playing chauffeur and doing laundry, you might find yourself ready to pack up and take a vacation. Or, you might be counting the days until the first school break.
Many empty nesters take advantage of their situation by downsizing, investing in a vacation property, or buying a house in a better location. When you start looking, consider the floor plan of your new house. Now that your kids are only coming back sporadically, or may have houses of their own, you might have different priorities.
The following house plans are some of the most popular among empty nesters. When you talk to a real estate agent about the type of house you want, let them know if these house plans fit your needs.
Beach House Plan
It's time to relax! If you're ready to set up an empty nest in a vacation destination, look for beach house plans. These can benefit new empty nesters in a few ways. Beach houses are usually propped up on a crawl space or garage to prevent flooding. (You may also want to use this area for extra storage!) Beach houses typically come with wrap around porches and other outdoor spaces that allow your guests to enjoy a meal outdoors and enjoy the beach 24/7.
If you are looking to invest in a second home after you retire, beach houses can be a great option for owning property and generating supplement income from renters.
Country House Plan
Don't these houses just look quaint? A country house plan is the quintessential American house plan. Homeowners with a country house plan usually enjoy a porch to sit on, an efficient floor plan to keep things simple, and outdoor space to connect with nature. This is a great house plan for retirees or people who just want to enjoy some time with peace and quiet. After all, you did just survive 18+ years of chaos!
The main focus of the house plan is the kitchen. When your children come back for the holidays or the summer, you can treat them to a big homemade feast!
Country house plans usually have two stories, but if you are looking for a single story, you can find it in a cottage house plan.
How close are your bedrooms to your children's bedrooms? That could change if you switch to a ranch layout. This house plan puts the living areas in the middle of the house. The master bedroom and bathroom sit on one side of the living area and the other bedrooms sit on the other side. This eliminates long, cramped hallways and gives homeowners more privacy.
Ranch layouts typically only take up one floor (although they may come with a basement.) You probably don't want to think about aging on top of the fact that you are newly empty-nesters, but a floor without too many steps and stairs is a good investment for the future.
Don't limit your options to these three plans. There are many houses for empty nesters; in fact, you can find listings simply labeled as “empty nester house plans.” Talk to your real estate agent about your needs and keep an open mind as you browse houses on the market.