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 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 Janson
House Plan The Janson
  • 2259Total 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 Havelock
House Plan The Havelock
  • 2976Total 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 Linnea
House Plan The Linnea
  • 2276Total 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 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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House Plan The Lucy
House Plan The Lucy
  • 2239Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

A simplified roofline creates interest with thoughtfully placed gable accents. Tapered columns highlight the front porch and welcome guests to the sidelight framed entry. Inside, the floor plan is equally thoughtful, with a spacious great room, open kitchen with island, and single dining space. The master suite is expansive with dual walk-in closets and a bathroom comfortably suited for two. Additional features include a walk-in pantry, oversized utility room, three-car garage, and an inviting screened porch with cathedral ceiling, skylights, and a fireplace. Two additional bedrooms and a study round-out this classic design.

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House Plan The Astaire
House Plan The Astaire
  • 2295Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Stone accents provide a textural contrast to this classic home while a front porch with columns brings a bit of southern charm. The kitchen with center island focuses its attention to the screened porch. The master suite is spacious with mirrored walk-in closets. A pocket office is located near the garage entry, perfect for dropping and sorting mail, charging electronics, or setting up a computer.

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House Plan The Waldorf
House Plan The Waldorf
  • 2251Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This storybook exterior will enchant onlookers from the first glance. A stucco and stone exterior complements an arched front entry. The cozy great room enjoys a coffered ceiling and a fireplace flanked by bookshelves. The rear screened porch brings in an abundance of natural light with its cathedral ceiling and skylights. A gourmet kitchen centers around an island with prep sink and a large pantry is nearby for storage. An art niche adorns the hallway leading to the master suite while a tray ceiling and curved wall of windows add visual space. The luxury master bath enjoys a walk-in closet, linen storage, dual vanities, a walk-in shower, and soaking bathtub. Three additional bedrooms along with two full baths are perfect for children and guests, as well as a home office. The two-car garage keeps outdoor equipment organized with a storage closet.




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