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Popular Floor Plans for Retirees

Categories: Helpful Hints, New Homes for those downsizing, Uncategorized | Posted: July 24, 2015

When it comes to retirement living, everyone seems to have one common goal in designing their ideal floor plan; open! It’s no secret that ranch style living is among the top most wanted must-haves with retirees, but have you thought about all the other “little” must-haves? Surprisingly there is a lot more to factor in while getting your fantasy retiree floor plan!

Rock Bridge Cove Model (low-res) (10 of 44)Let’s start with the best part of any house – the kitchen! It has become hugely popular to have an open-concept kitchen, where your kitchen opens up into the living room and dining room. This style is referred to as the “great room”. Having these rooms essentially become one, makes it easier to go back and forth between them, as well as, allows for a more social environment by not being closed off from one room or the other.

Moving over to the master bedroom, these are usually found on the main floor and tend to be more spacious and larger than a typical master. Having this extra space allows for more maneuverability in the event that a wheel chair may be needed. Also, who doesn’t like to have more space? Especially in the bedroom! Can we say shoe collection!?

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When it comes to the bathrooms, this is where luxury comes in! The most popular style for a retiree bathroom is to have the tub and shower separate. The tub is used for soaking and relaxation – some retirees even turn their tubs into Jacuzzi tubs with jets for therapeutic soaks and massages. As for the shower, since it is detached from the tub, it can now become a walk-in shower with room for seating and detachable shower heads.


Don’t forget about all those friends you have! Having a guest room(s) in the home is a must now-a-days. A lot of retirement floor plans show the guest rooms and/or bonus rooms on the opposite end of the home. This provides privacy for both you and your guests. The guest side of the home is where you find an additional bathroom (usually not as luxurious as the master) and possibly where you’d find the laundry room/storage as well. This is also a great side of the home to have an office or craft room.

Rock Bridge Cove Model (low-res) (2 of 44) Rock Bridge Cove Model (low-res) (38 of 44) (1)Some additional tips to also consider when designing your dream retirement home are wider doorways, step-less entries, lower light switches, and raised dishwashers. Of course you can always give Ole South Homes a call and we would be more than happy to discuss with you your ideal dream retirement home!

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