There are many things to consider when it comes to downsizing and how it applies to you. Few are as important as choosing the right home style and floor plan. Because your floor plan influences the functionality of your space (and therefore your overall happiness) you're going to want to consider your options carefully.
So where should you start?
Here are a few home styles that offer great floor plans for those looking to downsize:
If you want low-maintenance living but are unsure about purchasing an apartment-style condo, a townhome is the best solution [ link to Edmonton's Top Townhomes eBook ] . What's more, a worthwhile builder won’t charge condo fees on this style of home even though they still provide the benefit of low-maintenance living associated with condos.
If you've decided to downsize because you're looking forward to spending your retirement years away from Edmonton's harsh winters, a townhome may be the perfect solution. Not only will it provide convenient lock and leave living, but the security knowing you'll have many neighbours close by to keep an eye on things when you're gone.
For example, the Deville is a three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom home offering the ideal layout for anyone looking to downsize to a more carefree lifestyle. The foyer (with built-in bench) enters onto a large, open living room and onward to a spacious kitchen. Here, you'll find an eat-in island essential for cooking and entertaining. The ample bedroom space on the upper floor (including roomy master suite) ensures you plenty of room for company.
Sometimes it’s hard to let go of that independent home feeling you had with your larger single-family home. But you don’t have to feel like you're losing out on the advantages of having your own space - especially when a duplex provides a single-family home feel with half the maintenance.
Duplexes are akin to larger homes in that they may offer flex rooms, large high-ceiling living areas and a kitchen that can easily accommodate friends and family. It’s important to remember that even though you're downsizing, you don't have to give up the best features of your old home.
Take a look at the three bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom Delwood. This model truly is ideal for someone looking to downsize without giving up their own space. As you enter the home you will find all the essentials including a large closet with built-in Deacon's bench. The foyer then gives way to a generous living room next to the main floor half bath. Further into the home, a beautiful kitchen awaits - featuring a large pantry, island and well-lit dining nook.
This home also offers all the bedroom space of a single-family home with its large master suite, upper floor laundry and two spacious secondary bedrooms.
Alternatively, why not consider switching to a contemporary bungalow to keep everything simple and on one floor?
A bungalow is both child and grown-up friendly, so if you frequently enjoy the company of family visiting, this type of home could be ideal for you. Since everything is on the main floor, you'll enjoy easy access to all the things you need on the daily. This is especially significant for laundry and bringing in groceries from your double front attached garage.
Let’s take a look at the Orlando this home keeps each area private with the easy connection of being on one floor. It features a large foyer, striking great room, and a kitchen large enough for the whole family. This home also offers a large master bedroom and ensuite and two smaller bedrooms for when you have guests.
No matter what your style or needs are, downsizing doesn't have to be a huge adjustment. Consider the above when it comes to simplifying your life and you're sure to enjoy your new low-maintenance home for many years to come.