Whether you’re recently retired or just want to save some money with the kids now out of the house, check out these new homes for empty nesters. They check all the boxes! With so many styles and features to discover, these plans definitely rank as some of our customers’ favorites. Explore them for yourself and see why. You won’t be disappointed!
People choose to downsize their home for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is because they become empty nesters. But what does that mean? Think of a bird whose chicks have grown up and flown away to start lives of their own. With your kids grown up and moved out, you are that bird, so to speak. Your kids have “flown” away leaving you with a big home to tend to all on your own.
As lives and priorities change, a big home may not be as practical as it once was. Some might need floor plans that are accessible for themselves and/or aging relatives. Others might want smaller plans that accommodates a traveling lifestyle. You might even be looking for an affordable second home for a favorite vacation spot, or you could want to relocate to get closer to your kids and grandkids! No matter the circumstances, our vast array of new homes for empty nesters can help make your dream come true.
If you have any questions about the home searching or building process, let us know. Our team of industry experts has decades of experience in helping customers find and build their dream home. We have seen it all and can help tackle any concern, big or small.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when looking for your perfect new “nest” to settle down in.
Determine Your Style
The great thing about new homes for empty nesters is that they come in such a wide variety. Every sort of style, whether it’s new and trendy or traditional and time-tested, can be found. We have thousands of options, so each style can be found in plans with modest square footage and at a price you’ll love.
Farmhouse style plans like THD-8317 (above) are super popular these days! So are contemporary homes like THD-3085 (below), which make a bold, sleek statement. With so much variety to choose from, you don’t have to sacrifice your style when you choose to build a smaller design. You may even be able to mimic the look of your favorite larger home in a smaller layout! Plus, our team can help customize any plan so it fits your exact wishes and needs.
Whether know your preferred style or not, take some time to try our Advanced Search. Here, you can narrow down many thousands of home plans into the ones best suited for you. With filters for size, style, and every other feature you can think of, this is a quicker way to find what you want.
Pinpoint Your Necessities
The whole point of our new homes for empty nesters is that they reduce. Reducing your space, number of rooms, and extraneous features will benefit you for years to come. The process of finding the right design is good practice for figuring out your necessities. While you may not need a fully finished basement or extras like a media room, you may want to keep bedrooms for the kids and their families. It is important to distinguish what you need versus extraneous features, so consider making lists of wants vs needs to help you budget intelligently for your new dream home.
Start with the features of your current home. Which are must-haves you need in another house? What could you probably trim? Are there any rooms that you never use? Ones you can’t live without? Once you do this simple exercise, you’ll have a better idea of how to narrow down your search.
THD-8460 (above) is a lovely home with a split-bedroom ranch layout. Notice how the rooms are open and accessible. Homes like this could accommodate wheelchairs and other things that might become necessary in later years. You could also easily add a ramp or lift to increase accessibility, if necessary.
Downsizing is a practice in looking to the future. You want something that works in the here and now, and in the coming years. Keep that ideal in mind as you explore these options. We want to make sure that you get the most enjoyment for your money. Here at The House Designers, we help ensure that you get the most bang for your buck!
Stretch Your Dollars!
Speaking of getting the most out of your budget, that is the biggest part of any dream home search! Accept that your downsized home will not match your larger one. Just as with choosing rooms and features, you should always map out your priorities. Trust us, it’ll pay dividends down the road as you progress to building and living in one of these new homes for empty nesters!
One of the best things about downsizing is that you can sometimes afford to add features that you wouldn’t able to in a home that puts more into square footage. That means better appliances, nicer fixtures, etc. Talk with one of our designers or your builder to discover the vast array of possibilities that you can add to enhance your lifestyle.
THD-3086 (above) is a dream come true for empty nesters who want to move into desirable locations. Many of these locales have compact lots that prohibit large footprints. A design such as THD-3086 not only has the perfect amount of space for you and your loved ones, but it is sensible too! The secondary bedrooms would be perfect for hosting guests. And when no guests are over, they can easily serve as home office or craft spaces. No matter which home you choose, in the end, you can make it your own!
As your baby birds spread their wings and leave the nest, it is never too early to begin thinking about your next step. Whether you want to travel the world or relax on a cozy front porch, these new homes for empty nesters are the best.