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empty nester house plans by Drees

20 January . 2019

How Today's New Home Plans Are Designed For Empty Nesters

With empty nesters making up an increasing share of buyers in the new home market, homebuilders are taking notice, designing plans that enhance and celebrate the newfound freedoms and opportunities that come at this stage of life.

Here are 6 features from Elyson’s new patio home collection from Drees Custom Homes that are perfect for empty nesters. You can see these features in the Brynlee II, Drees’ beautifully decorated model home in Elyson, and also in other Drees plans offered in the community.

One level or two. You decide. After years of climbing stairs, many empty nesters are ready for a one-story home that has it all on one level. The Brynlee II lets you decide about going up. The base plan is a one-story design with three bedrooms, plus an optional guest suite that can make it a four-bedroom home. The optional upper level offers a gameroom, with additional options for a fifth bedroom and media room.

Guest suite. The Brynlee II has an optional guest suite that is decorated as a fun “when the grandkids visit” room in the model home. With its private location and en suite full bath, this guest suite is ideal for visitors of any age.

Drop zone. Drees calls it a “family foyer,” but whether you refer to it as a drop zone, launch room or everyday entry, this thoughtful entry from the garage is the perfect place to stash gear, equipment and laundry when coming or going. Combined with the large laundry room, it can make a convenient hobby and storage area.

Outdoor living. Many homesites in Elyson’s gated patio home neighborhood offer scenic lake views, and spacious covered patios help you enjoy outdoor living, whether you have a sweeping water view or a private backyard oasis. The model home displays a cozy firepit that makes a backyard focal point.

Wine time. The Brynlee II model shows off its entertaining potential with a built-in wine storage and serving area. It includes stunning dark cabinetry and a brick backsplash in an elegant herringbone pattern.

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Gated neighborhood. While not technically a home feature, the gated entrance to Elyson’s patio home neighborhood is a great idea for empty nesters. Added to the home automation, security and other technology features offered in today’s new homes, a gated entrance offers peace of mind, whether you’re away for the day or traveling for an extended period. 

Learn more about Drees Custom Homes in Elyson.