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Planning Ahead: Retirement & Empty Nester House Plans

For many of us, growing older means it's time to declutter, get rid of material items, and downsize your home. Whether you're searching for a home to retire in or are just planning ahead, you should consider floor plans that'll simplify your life, suit your needs long term, and allow you to age comfortably.

Carolina Custom Homes offers the perfect option for empty nesters and retirees looking for a new space. With one-story modular homes, you can ease your living experience and customize your new house to fit your needs. Not only will your home look beautiful it will also be a functional space that will make your life easier.

If you're considering empty nester house plans with one story when it comes time to retire, here are some factors to consider.


What Should You Look for In A New Home?

Retirement house plans should accommodate the owner's needs. The floor plan layout should be adaptable and easy to maintain so that it is handicap accessible, senior-friendly, and comfortable for the owner. Modular house plans are completely customizable and can take on any design you can dream up.

Modular house plans are designed in a factory and can be built quickly. That means when it comes time to retire, you won't have to worry about a lengthy design or building process that will be a hassle with age.

If you're looking for house plans for seniors or retirement house plans, consider the following aspects for your next home:

  • • Retirement house plans should consider space, storage, comfort, and ease of upkeep. For example, modular house floor plans can be built with wider doorways and hallways that make it easier for wheelchair or walker access. Modular house plans can easily accommodate wheelchairs and walkers by providing wider doors and hallways that lead to the front door.
  • • When designing house plans for seniors, make sure the plan includes features like walk-in closets with built-in shelving and a linen closet near the master suite.
  • • Retirement house plans should include as much storage as possible. Since empty nesters will not have as many items to store, large walk-in closets and linen closets will work well for house plans for downsizing seniors.
  • • Closet space should prioritize built-in storage like drawers, shelves, and hanging rods. These include large walk-in closets that can easily accommodate boxes of clothes or accessories.
  • • As you age, you may have concerns about falling. In addition to slip-resistant surfaces and grab bars in the shower and other areas where spills are likely, every home should include slip-resistant flooring throughout at least one level. These safety features will give you peace of mind as you age gracefully.
  • • Retirement house plans should include features that simplify housework. This includes features like an open-concept kitchen layout, a master suite with walk-in closets and bathrooms, and laundry facilities in close proximity to the bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • • When people age, their muscular strength generally decreases. To accommodate this, multi-generational house designers ensure that everything in the home is helpful with less than five pounds of force.
  • • House plans for seniors often feature laundry rooms that are centrally located or near all major areas of the house. When considering house plans for seniors, include features like laundry rooms with large washer and dryer hook-ups.
  • • Showers should not have a curb, and walk-in tubs are ideal for people over the age of 65.
  • • Install faucets and lever door handles without causing twists. People with arthritis should not have to struggle with any parts of house construction plans.
  • • The area required for turning should be at least 60 inches by 60 inches, and all open spaces should be at least that size. Corridors should be as broad as feasible - at least 40 inches wide without obstacles.


Three Fantastic Options: House Plans for Seniors from Carolina Custom Homes

The following homes all offer three-bedroom, two-bathroom options in various sizes with unique features in each home. Even if you don't think you need three bedrooms now, consider how the extra bedrooms can be used as flexible spaces to suit your lifestyle as you age:

  • • Home office or study
  • • Guest rooms for family or in-home caretakers
  • • Fitness room
  • • Additional storage

Bonus: All of these floor plans are one-story homes, making them even better for empty nesters, aging homeowners, and those requiring in-home medical care. One-story house plans keep things simple and low maintenance.

Plus, modular home construction takes even more of the work out of building a new house. These house plans do not require a step-by-step construction process and can be built in about 90 days after the house plan is purchased.

If you're looking for a better quality of living that's fast, easy, and affordable, the modular homes at Carolina Custom Homes of Burlington are the right choice for you.


Retiring, aging, and the best floor plans for planning ahead.

The Noble

1464 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

You'll love:

  • • The private master bedroom and bathroom
  • • The open floor plan
  • • The smaller size and efficient space

The Noble offers all the perks of a larger home with less house to clean and maintain. You'll love spending time with loved ones in the spacious living room that opens to the dining and kitchen area, but the Noble offers plenty of space to retire for some peace and quiet, too.

The Sedalia

1512 square feet
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2

You'll love:

  • • The dedicated laundry room
  • • The spacious master suite
  • • The large eat-in kitchen with dual sinks and plenty of counter space

The Sedalia offers the perks of the Noble with a little more elbow room. The roomy kitchen setup makes cooking and eating with the family a breeze, and the kitchen opens up into the living room to create an airy open floor plan.

If you're interested in the many beautiful homes we have to offer, visit our showroom, give us a call, or send us a message here. Carolina Custom Homes takes pride in building beautiful, reliable house plans for seniors that are destined to become a home. 

Carolina Custom Homes

Written by Carolina Custom Homes

Carolina Custom Homes of Burlington was founded with a mission to provide customers with an alternative, greener way to build. We partner with North Carolina’s top manufacturers to create both practical and luxurious designs for your home. We maintain a low operating overhead, which means that more of your money goes towards designing and building your perfect home. We provide you with high quality, custom modular homes at an unbeatable value.

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