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 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 includes a secluded sitting room that 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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House Plan The Priestly
House Plan The Priestly
  • 2132Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This charming exterior features a combination of stone, shakes, and vertical siding. Special details include a front porch, dormer, and gables with curved accents. The cathedral topped great room opens to a relaxing screened porch while the kitchen enjoys a nearby pantry and the single dining area is highlighted with columns and a tray ceiling. This open floor plan is great for keeping busy families connected and makes entertaining easy. The master suite gains vertical space with a cathedral ceiling and private porch access is perfect for enjoying morning coffee or letting pets outside. A spacious walk-in closet is suitable for two and the master bath boasts dual vanities, a standing shower, and a luxurious soaking bathtub. Three additional bedrooms are positioned around the utility room, making laundry drop-off and redistribution a breeze. Two additional baths and linen closets are available for children and guests. The garage is located at the rear of the home with two bays and extra storage. A bonus room above the garage offers additional storage or can be finished as a children's play room or an entertainment room for teenagers.

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House Plan The Sawyer
House Plan The Sawyer
  • 1645Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modern farmhouse enjoys the best of both worlds with a classic front porch and stylish curb-appeal. A second sprawling porch to the rear continues outdoor enjoyment. The open floor plan maintains an easy flow for families to relax and enjoy meals together. The master suite is free of distractions and tucked away for privacy while the utility room with laundry sink is nearby for convenience. Two additional rooms are available for children, guests, or a study.

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House Plan The Cline
House Plan The Cline
  • 1986Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This front porch is accented with an arched gable and tapered columns frame each side. Inside, the kitchen is positioned for front views with a window over the sink. A walk-in pantry, bar with sink, spacious utility room with side entry porch, and abundant storage will appeal to the modern homeowner. The dining room and master bedroom open to a grand screened porch with skylights and a fireplace.

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House Plan The Trenton
House Plan The Trenton
  • 3478Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This Craftsman design features a stone and shakes exterior adorned with arches, tapered columns, and decorative wooden brackets. Designed for sloping lots, this hillside-walkout enjoys entertainment and leisure spaces on two levels. Each bedroom enjoys a full, private bathroom. Open living spaces, a luxury screened porch, a walk-in pantry, and a spacious utility room reflect a modern lifestyle.

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House Plan The Tanner
House Plan The Tanner
  • 1747Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This Country home works well for narrower lots, with its front-entry garage. The efficient floor plan features open living spaces, creating an easy flow from room to room. Storage is thoughtfully placed throughout the home, including a kitchen pantry, to keep everything organized. The large screened porch is a relaxing outdoor retreat with a fireplace, skylights, and a stunning cathedral ceiling.

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House Plan The Nelson
House Plan The Nelson
  • 2294Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Tapered columns frame this country porch and a front-facing dormer accents the roof. The kitchen is the center of this design and overlooks the dining room. The great room is cozy with a fireplace and coffered ceiling and opens to the rear porch. Positioned for privacy, the master suite is located away from high traffic areas. A three-car garage and large utility room appeal to modern homeowners.

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House Plan The Forest Grove
House Plan The Forest Grove
  • 2432Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This rustic Craftsman exterior features varied gables and arch-topped windows with an eyebrow highlighting the entryway. A single dining space is open to the common areas for a spacious atmosphere. A large flex space room with fireplace at the rear of the home awaits the needs of the homeowner, ready to be used as a home schooling room, play room, or even a dining space for large gatherings.




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