In previous generations, there seemed to be a distinct path in home ownership that we used to take. We’d buy our first home, a modest house that really didn’t meet many of our needs. Over time, we’d upgrade, maybe buying more square footage or better finishes, or both. Then, when the kids have grown and moved out on their own, we’d downsize as empty-nesters. Today, however, our lives seem to have more ebb and flow, and downsizing can be a function at any point for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps you want to spend more time traveling and don’t want to have to maintain the expenses and care of a bigger house. Maybe your spouse wants to pursue his dream of a home-based business and you’re looking to reduce monthly costs. There are many reasons you may be looking to change your abode, but you may be worried about how you’ll adjust to less than you’re accustomed to now.
It doesn’t need to be a major sacrifice. There are plenty of options depending on what it is you need to change about your home situation. Reduced square footage doesn’t have to mean reduced finishes or lack of functionality. You can still shift your expenses to a more comfortable level while maintaining the lifestyle you had before.
Floor Plans for Functional Downsizing
If you’re used to enjoying a variety of flexible spaces within your home, there are plenty of floor plans that still offer this versatility in a single family home under 2,000 square feet. It won't feel like downsizing in these models.
The Sampson is a very popular model for its balance of space, design, and price point. This home offers main floor laundry for convenience, and a spacious, open floor plan in the great room, kitchen, and nook. Upstairs offers a functional loft space that is great for a media room, craft space, or home office. One of the inspiring features of this home is the vaulted ceiling in the owner’s suite.
Willow – 1,673 Square Feet – Front Attached Garage
The Willow’s unique floor plan is designed to feel spacious and open. Just inside the main entrance is a roomy foyer with large closet. The staircase to the upper level is tucked effectively to one side, allowing for a wider passage to the open-concept great room, kitchen, and nook. Endless windows line the rear span of the home, offering oodles of natural light.
On the upper floor a vast loft space provides flexible living and divides the owner’s suite from the secondary bedrooms. A spacious laundry room is located just off the loft for ultimate convenience.
Madeline – 1,832 Square Feet – Front Attached Garage
The Madeline is an exciting floor plan for home owners needing a flex space on the main floor, as well as upstairs. Another one of our most popular models, the Madeline offers a lifestyle room near the foyer that can be designed as a wide open space, or closed in for a home office or other function requiring privacy. This home has main floor laundry just inside the garage access.
On the upper floor are two spacious secondary bedrooms, an owners suite with a luxurious ensuite bathroom, and a huge bonus room with vaulted ceilings.
For a model with a similar floor plan but a bit more space at 1,984 square feet, check out the Maddy II.
Floor Plans for Downsizing Your Home’s Cost
If your needs are a bit more basic and you’re looking for a home that crunches both your square footage and your mortgage payment, a laned home is a great option for you. These models offer beautiful curb appeal, just enough square footage to live comfortably, and a rear detached garage that is optional if you’re looking to save even more money. Here are some examples of these laned home models.
Our most popular laned home model, the Paladin is a unique blend of comfortable and economical. Its main floor is a completely open concept from front-to-rear, with a large, galley-style kitchen centered in the space. Its expansive 11’ island is fit for entertaining, or ideal for perogy making if that’s what you’re into.
The staircase to the upper floor is a straight-run tucked against one side of the home to maximize available space. A unique and gorgeous feature to this home is the vaulted ceiling that stretches from the owner’s suite all the way to the two secondary bedrooms. Laundry is located on the upper floor.
The Bosley is quite special in that it’s the only laned home model that offers a large flexible lifestyle room on the main floor. But despite its size, it does not cut into the great room, kitchen, and nook which are all thoughtfully laid out.
Upstairs the owner’s suite is fit for royalty with its ensuite, offering dual sinks, oversized shower, linen shelves, and private water closet. The secondary bedrooms are spacious, with one offering a bit of extra length.
Carson – 1,650 Square Feet – Laned Home
The Carson is similar to the Paladin in terms of design, but is a bit larger in square footage and offers a few adjustments to the layout. The main floor is still open concept from front-to-rear, but the kitchen is nestled at the rear of the home. We haven’t sacrificed the 11’ island, though!
Upstairs you’ll find a larger walk-in closet in the owner’s suite, dual sinks in the ensuite, and a larger laundry room with space for shelving to be added if you wish.
Floor Plans for Downsizing Yard Maintenance
There are a handful of special floor plans in our repertoire that offer the best of both laned home and attached garage home features. Benefit from the beautiful curb appeal of a laned home but keep the attached garage (it’s attached in the back!) And if you’re a home owner looking for little-to-no yard maintenance, these models are the ideal solution to your needs.
Because the garage is attached in the rear, the yard for these models is like a private courtyard with access along the side of the home.
Parker – 1,592 Square Feet – Rear Attached Garage
The Parker has a beautiful open concept layout on the main floor with the great room, spacious kitchen, and nook at the front of the home. Access to your courtyard is via a bright patio door off the nook. The staircase is adjacent to the garage entrance at the rear of the home.
Upstairs the owner’s suite and spacious ensuite/walk-in closet are at the rear of the home, separated by a hallway and laundry room from the secondary bedrooms.
Dawson – 1,650 Square Feet – Rear Attached Garage
The Dawson is quite unique in its layout, with a stunning feature just as you enter the home. The great room boasts a beautiful vaulted ceiling, quite special for a main floor space. The kitchen offers a spacious island and plenty of cabinetry, with the nook tucked just around the corner.
On the upper floor you’ll find a large laundry and linen space near the secondary bedrooms. The owner’s suite is entirely separated from the rest of the upper floor, and has a large ensuite and walk-in closet.
Hennessy – 1,683 Square Feet – Rear Attached Garage
The Hennessy offers a floor plan nearly identical to the Paladin laned home, except for the courtyard access next to the kitchen. You’ll enjoy endless natural light as the patio access to the courtyard is a whopping 10’ wide.
Upstairs the owner’s suite offers an ensuite that is enormous, with full sized stand-up shower, dual sinks, and storage tower. Upper floor laundry is centrally located for access by all three bedrooms.
There are many other fitting floor plans that make your downsizing more comfortable. These models offer thoughtful design, flexible functionality, and affordable price points to downsize your expenses, not your lifestyle.