What Are Retirement House Plans?

While any home can be a home for retired individuals, retirement home plans have specific features that make it ideal for senior citizens. These homes are often on one story. Or, if they have a second story, it is for a guest suite or bonus room. They feature first-floor laundry, ample space for family get-togethers, spacious master suites, and a study or den on the primary floor for pursuing hobbies during retirement. Many of these are ranch-style plans.

Retirement home designs also feature universal design elements - working well for disabled individuals as well as those who aren't disabled. This may include multilevel countertops, bathrooms large enough to be accessible, if needed, and open floor plans.

Why House Plans for Retirement Are Growing in Popularity

These house plans for retirees make aging in place a reality. When seniors have single-story homes with first-floor amenities, they are able to enjoy their senior years at home where they are comfortable, rather than moving to a retirement community. Because of this desire to age in place, many are building these house plans before retirement with the goal of continuing to stay at home after retirement. These home plans also provide space for entertaining family, which can become more important in retirement.

Find Retirement Home Plans With Donald A. Gardner Architects

If you're considering building a home with retirement in mind, Donald A. Gardner Architects offers numerous house plans that will be a perfect choice. In addition to the plans listed here, we can take most of our ranch and single-story house plans and customize them for retirement needs through our modifications department.

Consider The Roseburg (House Plan W-GOO-1378), a stately plan with a luxurious master suite. The great room, dining room and kitchen are an open design, providing ample room for entertaining. Utilities and bedrooms are all on the first floor, and a generous bonus room adds space for grandkids to play. For those looking for something smaller, The Tucker (Home Plan W-GOO-1341) is a great choice. It's less than 2,000 square feet, but still has the open design and first-floor bedrooms retirees love.

Building your dream home for retirement starts with the right plan. Trust Donald A. Gardner Architects to help you find one. Use our advanced search to get started today.

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House Plan The Macon
House Plan The Macon
  • 1779Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design features a front-entry garage and a narrow footprint to accommodate a smaller lot. A trio of gables are accented with vertical boards and columns highlight the front porch. The garage offers entry to the home through a mud room with a pantry and a drop zone for bags, coats and shoes. The utility room is adjacent with a window above a utility sink and built-in cabinetry on either side. The kitchen is open to the great room and features an island with bar seating. The great room has a vaulted ceiling that frames the fireplace and the rear porch with skylights is the perfect place to relax when the weather is nice. A dramatic tray ceiling tops the dining room. The master suite is elegant with a vaulted ceiling and the master bathroom enjoys a freestanding bathtub. A double-sink vanity and walk-in shower complete this space. Two additional bedrooms are available, along with a full bathroom, and a bonus room provides optional square footage for a recreational room or future expansion.

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House Plan The Ridley
House Plan The Ridley
  • 2796Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This sprawling ranch is wrapped in stone with board-and-batten accents and the efficient roof is topped with a unique clerestory dormer. Modern and open, the great room and dining room are combined and clerestory windows to the front and rear flood this space with natural light. The kitchen overlooks the living spaces and a wet bar and pantry are nearby. The garage enters the home through a hallway framed in floor-to-ceiling windows. The bedroom/study serves as an office or guest room with an en-suite bath and a walk-in closet. The master suite is private with sliding doors that open to a rear patio. Homeowners will love the adjacent utility room that can be accessed from the master closet, as well as the hallway. Two additional bedrooms share a luxury Jack-and-Jill bathroom and a half bath is convenient for guests.

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House Plan The Ashbry
House Plan The Ashbry
  • 2187Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This quintessential urban farmhouse features a board-and-batten exterior with a metal accent roof and a welcoming front porch. The great room and dining room share a cathedral ceiling and a spacious screened porch extends living outdoors. The kitchen is highlighted by an island and a pantry is nearby. A mud room entry offers a seat to comfortably remove shoes and a closet to hang coats and bags. The master suite is truly versatile with two bathroom configurations for the homeowner to choose from and a luxury walk-through closet that accesses the utility room. Two additional bedrooms are perfect for children and the shared bathroom offers a double sink vanity.

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House Plan The Vincent
House Plan The Vincent
  • 1641Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This simple design offers just the right amount of curb-appeal with board-and-batten accented gables and a discerning usage of metal roofing. The open floor plan showcases the dining room with a tray ceiling and a low built-in bookshelf. The kitchen features a breakfast counter for additional bar seating and opens to a screened porch with skylights. Living is extended outdoors with a side porch and a rear deck that are connected by an expansive patio. The utility room has its own access door and a laundry sink provides easy clean-up after yard work. The master suite is generous with a massive walk-in closet, a double sink vanity, and a spacious shower. A bedroom and bedroom/study share a full bathroom with linen closet. Storage options include a garage storage closet, a pantry and a coat closet.

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House Plan The Fletcher
House Plan The Fletcher
  • 2512Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Decorative gable brackets and arches highlight this Craftsman design with a stone and shake exterior. The wide foyer is perfect for greeting guests and storage closets keep the space tidy. Multiple cooks will feel welcome in the spacious kitchen featuring an island with prep-sink. The master suite is truly luxurious with private access to a rear porch, an opulent master bath, and an oversized walk-in closet with bench seat. To the rear of this design, find a screened porch and a two-car garage with a bonus room above.

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House Plan The Celeste
House Plan The Celeste
  • 2453Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This European inspired design is instantly appealing with cupula-topped gables, vertical board accents, and a stylish eyebrow arch over the front porch. The living spaces are completely open and a screened porch to the rear offers premium outdoor living with a fireplace and kitchen. The master suite is comfortable for two, with dual walk-in closets and a double sink vanity. Sun tunnels bring natural light to windowless rooms, including the mud room, pantry, and bedroom closet.

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House Plan The Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2268Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This efficient one-story home plan features a mix of stone, shake, and siding, with multiple gable peaks and a clerestory window above the front porch. A cathedral ceiling draws the eye through the foyer and great room to the porch, displaying rear views. The kitchen is U-shaped with an angled counter facing the great room and dining room. Built-in shelving and a walk-in pantry provide additional storage space. The utility room has counter space with a sink and outdoor access to a covered porch. The master suite is surrounded by windows and steps out to the screened porch. Secondary bedrooms flank a handy pocket office, and each have a walk-in closet and share a convenient Jack-and-Jill bathroom.

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House Plan The Napier
House Plan The Napier
  • 1871Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modest design is anything but ordinary with eye-catching details, including a mixed exterior of siding, shakes and stone, arched upper windows, and decorative gable brackets. The interior flows nicely with open living in the great room, kitchen, and dining room. The bedrooms are spaced for privacy and each has a full bathroom. Outdoor living is enhanced with a skylight-topped screened porch. Extra storage is available in the garage and above, a bonus room offers additional square footage.

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House Plan The Lindstrom
House Plan The Lindstrom
  • 2169Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This storybook cottage design charms onlookers with striking roof lines and a mixed exterior of stucco, stone and cedar shakes. The foyer welcomes an open floor plan with a column accented dining room and a dream, island kitchen overlooking the great room. Outdoor living is abundant with screened and open rear porches and a patio. The master suite enjoys excellent views from an arched wall of windows while the master bathroom is a spa-like retreat. Notable features include an oversized utility room, pantry, mud room, and multiple storage closets throughout. Two additional bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a flexible bedroom/study round out this thoughtful floor plan.

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House Plan The Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2277Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Craftsman exterior has a hint of rustic influence with stone-and-shake cladding and a prominent shed dormer. A courtyard entry garage provides a personal door and extra storage. Columns keep the living areas open, defining the foyer, dining room, and great room. The kitchen features counter seating serving both the breakfast room and great room while the screened porch invites sunshine and warmth with three skylights. A mud room with coat closet and bench seat awaits at the garage entrance, followed by a walk-in pantry. The utility room has additional storage, a sink and a view to the rear. A study/bedroom with full bathroom, two secondary bedrooms, and spacious master suite and flexible bonus room complete the plan.

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House Plan The Havelock
House Plan The Havelock
  • 2974Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Arts-and-Crafts style home plan has so much to offer the modern family with five bedrooms on a sprawling single level. The spacious, open kitchen includes a walk-in pantry, storage closet and central island. A large utility room with an outside access door is conveniently placed down the hall from the secondary bedrooms. A well-appointed master suite enjoys rear views, porch access, a master bath with dual vanities and a huge walk-in closet with sitting bench. The screened porch offers the best in year-round outdoor living with a fireplace. A three-car garage with extra storage adds space for a third automobile, workshop, or golf cart.

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House Plan The Pennyhill
House Plan The Pennyhill
  • 1867Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Quaint and cozy on the outside with porches front and back, this three-bedroom country home surprises with an open floor plan featuring a large great room with cathedral ceiling. Nine foot ceilings add volume throughout the home. A central kitchen with angled counter opens to breakfast area and great room for easy entertaining. The privately located master bedroom has cathedral ceiling and nearby access to the deck with optional spa. Operable skylights over the tub accent the luxurious master bath. A bonus room over the garage makes expanding easy.




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