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What Do Baby Boomers Look for in a House?


Compared to previous generations, baby boomers often have more income, are healthier and more active and are more likely to continue working or even change their careers later in life than their predecessors. Indeed, they are breaking norms in how they stay busy and fit and refuse to slow down as they age. This is why many in their fifties or sixties have different needs than what used to be considered typical when it comes to their homes.

While a majority of boomers are planning to “age in place,” many are thinking of moving into new homes. What exactly are the styles and features that baby boomers tend to look for in a new house plan?

This brand new ranch house plan features a split bedroom layout and an open floor plan.


Although most boomers will want an abode that is spacious, most of them will opt for a single-family and single-story house. This will be more accessible and convenient, especially when they are older.

Open Plan

An open concept for a baby boomer home is more practical. This is because there will be fewer walls and barriers that might restrict their movements or worse, cause accidents. Aside from that, it will be more convenient when having family and friends over as an open floor plan allows owners to be able to multitask, for example cooking in the kitchen while entertaining guests in the living area. This means you can expect people in their fifties or older to prefer a house with a free-flowing concept.

With Style and Value

Many people nearing retirement age want to prioritize a home’s style and value over features that will make it easier and safer for aging individuals to move around the house, including stair lifts, handrails, etc. This is because they too want to be able to sell their property at a good price in the future. So you can expect contemporary settings, modern amenities and luxurious appointments that will make their abodes feel as if the residents are on vacation year round.

This brand new craftsman ranch house plan packs plenty of luxury into its 2,233 square foot design.

Ample Space

Downsizing is not an option for many aging individuals. This is because they want more space for all of their belongings, including the travel mementos they have and will be getting as they travel the world. They also plan to entertain friends and family from time to time, which will require ample space in the house. Most importantly, they want a place that doesn’t restrict their movements.


The last thing boomers want in a house is boredom. They will want to play golf, engage in sports, work on their crafts and hobbies and even cultivate a garden. Many fifty-something homeowners will want to have home gyms or nooks where they can meditate or do yoga. So there will be a yard or garden, a workshop room and family room, and other purpose-driven spaces.


Currently, many baby boomers are living well in larger, more luxurious homes. Although these may become harder to maintain once they hit retirement, this doesn’t mean that people will settle. Boomers will want houses with high-end finishes in close proximity to services and amenities.

Less Maintenance

Even with ample retirement savings and a pension, boomers will prefer a house that requires less effort and money to maintain. They will also want to make their dwellings more energy-efficient. This can be achieved by using energy-saving lighting and appliances, insulating the home properly and using energy efficient doors and windows.

With baby boomers’ earning and spending at a high level, they will expect homes that will fit their lifestyles and their needs perfectly. Enjoy browsing our collection of empty nester house plans.

Three Perfect Empty Nester House Plans


Our empty nester house plan collection is for couples who have likely retired and their kids have moved out. Now is their chance to enjoy life and with these house plans, mostly one-story and under 3,000 square feet, they can do just that.  Most of these homes feature large master suites that are ideal for pampering and relaxing. No matter what style you want this collection has a bit of everything from traditional, to southern, contemporary and cottage. The finest house plans with a bit of luxury are what you’ll find in this collection.

Merriweather House Plan

The Merriweather house plan is a traditional Craftsman design with the latest in efficient design and sustainable practices.

If you want your next home to be energy efficient and still have some Arts and Crafts charm, then the Merriweather house plan is for you.  As a truly sustainable and efficient home, it integrates timeless appeal with modern efficiency; resulting in a home you will be happy to call your own. The focus of this house plan is the central Great Room and informal living spaces that are the focus of this efficient plan.  The layout promotes warm and welcoming gathering areas indoors and out while allowing each family member a private portion to retreat to.  With efficient design solutions, such as minimal hallway use, a rear facing Southern exposure and a window layout that maximizes natural daylight this home is sure to make you proud while still being warm and inviting.

Crystal Falls house plan

There is only one way to describe the Crystal Falls house plan: modern needs packed in traditional design.

The cozy front porch leads into the spacious foyer of the Crystal Falls house plan.  You can see a large circular staircase and formal dining area upon entering and a butler’s pantry assists a large gourmet kitchen for your entertainment needs.  A commercial range, built-in refrigerator, and large cooking island make this kitchen perfect for the aspiring gourmet.  A convenient, yet private, master suite shares views to the rear of the home and the master bath sports a large walk-in closet and an oversized shower with a seat.  Other features include a functional utility room located for maximum efficiency and an isolated bonus room for noise reduction.

Lado del Rio House Plan

If your dream is to live on a lake or river front property then the Lado del Rio is a great option for you.

This charming design might look like a cute cottage but don’t count it out just yet. The Lado del Rio house plan features wide open planning and room to grow and the charming design has plenty of room for everything you could need. Front and rear porches create comfortable outdoor space while inside you find everything from an office or flexible space, and a master bathroom with walk-in shower and closet. The secondary bedrooms are also oversized and have access to a “jack and jill” bathroom.

The designed found in the empty nester collection give you all the luxuries you want while keeping your home’s footprint minimal. Take a look through The House Designers empty nester house plan collection and find the perfect home for the next stage of your life


The House Designers Design House Plans for America’s Baby Boomers


Recent studies by the National Home Builders Association and AARP show that baby boomers are leading the push in new home construction trends, influencing how builders, designers and architects modify their floor plans to meet varied lifestyles and changing needs.

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This affordable ranch house plan is one of our most popular designs from our Empty Nester Collection. It features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in an open floor plan that maximizes its small footprint of 1,380 square feet. An optional basement floor plan and 372 square foot bonus room allows you to add extra space.


Today’s 77 million Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964 and represent 26 percent of the total US population. Boomers make up 45 percent of the national work force and hold the largest amount of discretionary income in history. For these reasons, home builders, designers and residential architects are continuously modifying their floor plans and home designs to meet the ever-changing needs and demands of a generation that is not yet ready to head to the retirement home.

A study done by seniors advocacy group AARP shows that a large percentage of boomers plan to move when they retire. This trend was one of the major factors behind the housing boom of the previous decade. And while some boomers have been able to accumulate substantial home equity to purchase or build smaller, more affordable homes, many find themselves struggling with their current home loans.

“Boomers in a position to sell their existing homes prefer building a new home to take advantage of new technology and energy efficiency than trying to maintain or remodel an older home,” said Tammy Crosby, Chief Operating Officer of The House Designers, America’s leading house plan provider. “Baby boomers now look for house plans that are small but luxurious, and practical for their needs and lifestyles.”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) confirmed this trend during New Homes Month in April by conducting a study, which showed home buyers that they can afford new construction that’s higher-priced. Using data from the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 American Housing Survey, NAHB found that buyers could purchase or build a new home and achieve the same annual operating costs as an older, existing home.

“Home buyers need to look beyond the initial sales price when considering whether to buy new construction or an existing home,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. “They will find that with the higher costs of operating an older home, they can often afford to spend a bit more to buy a new home and still have annual operating costs that fit their budget.”

Whether boomers are remodeling or building new homes, this generation is more active than generations past, has a more sophisticated style and wants lots of options and choices in their home designs.

“This impressive generation has had a major influence on shaping the way society has grown and changed, including influencing new housing trends,” said Crosby. “Boomers have their own ideas about the features and types of homes they want to live in after retirement.”

Here are some popular home design features that designers, architects, homebuilders and remodelers report are in demand as they continue to cater to the boomer generation:

Designed Accordingly

Baby boomers are sophisticated, savvy and active, which means they are looking for comfort and convenience, multi-functionality and spaces for relaxation and entertainment. They want a home that caters to their lifestyle and features plenty of high-end amenities. Downsizing or ‘rightsizing’ doesn’t have to mean sacrificing features in a well designed home.

Flex Living Spaces

Multi-purpose flex rooms are high on the list for active boomers who love to entertain, exercise and relax. These spaces can easily be converted to a guest room, home office, or an exercise or media room. Today every space needs to have a purpose; gone are the days of rarely used rooms like formal dining rooms.

Pampering Master Suites

Another hot trend in home design is having a large master suite with comfortable sitting areas, large his-and-hers walk-in closets, master baths with garden tubs, dual sinks and if space permits, a small patio or terrace.

One-Story Designs

Most Baby Boomers favor single-story homes over split-levels. They also like an open floor plan where there are fewer walls to obstruct views and to give the feeling of a much larger space.

Designer Kitchens

Baby Boomers are very particular about their kitchens, as cooking and entertaining are typically at the top of the list for these active adults. They are seeking kitchens stocked with high-end amenities like professional grade appliances, granite countertops, hardwood flooring and custom cabinetry. Items like large pantries, center islands and cozy breakfast nooks are must-haves.

Indoor/Outdoor Entertainment Areas

Whether boomers are hosting an elegant dinner party or throwing a large cookout, they want an indoor/outdoor living space that can be used for both formal and informal occasions.

The House Designers has thousands of house plans that include the home design features boomers want. Some of these features include a collection of Empty Nester House Plans, Accessible House Plans, Small House Plans, Energy-Efficient Homes and many more which can be viewed at

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