For many future homeowners, the current economic environment can present a significant barrier when it comes to the cost of building a home. Whether it’s a newly married couple or the downsizing of baby boomers, the reality of what they need and what they can afford is at odds. Young couples cannot afford to build the house they will need for their growing family. Retirees who are retiring face the dilemma of rising construction costs that have exceeded the value of their current homes which they must downsize. Even young, single people with good jobs and promising careers don’t have the cash for a decent down payment on a new home and are forced to rent.
Building in stages
For people who cannot afford the entire house they will eventually need, starting with a small build in stages, one phase at a time may be the right solution to get them on the path to home ownership. to affordable ownership. This has proven to be a very popular choice with our company, especially for many young families. With the expectations of a growing family, starting small and adding in later as the need arises and the budget allows, not only solves a limited budget problem, but also avoids the potential hassle. later to sell and move to a bigger house. And with the right kind of pre-planned expandable house design, disruption to the future building can be kept to a minimum, avoiding loss of use and finding temporary accommodation.
Expandable house plans begin with the basic essential pieces to be built during the first phase of construction. Building plans provide, in advance, the structural details and specific specifications needed to easily accommodate subsequent additions with the least possible disruption to day-to-day family activities and limited modernization of the existing building. Future framed openings, wall studs, and plumbing / HVAC access are all provided for in the layout and layout of the expandable home design. Full and detailed building plans are provided for all future additions showing the exact location relative to the existing first phase, as well as the exterior elevations of what the entire final project will look like.
Expandable and flexible house plans
Expandable and integrated house plans aren’t just for young families looking for a starter home. We are seeing an increasing demand from our company to design future combined retirement / semi-retirement vacation homes. People who plan for the future by building in stages with multi-purpose expandable home designs start small with vacation cottages or small rental homes.
One expandable house plan in particular that we designed for a client was for a multi-stage vacation home and retirement home in a small village where their young daughter has just accepted a new job. Known for its ideal retirement qualities, this mountain and lake region provided a welcome vacation retreat from their city life and daily work, as well as accommodation for their daughter until she could afford a down payment for a house of its own. Starting with the daughter’s garage and the adjoining vacation cottage, their property would be maintained and monitored until they move full time at a later date.
With semi-retirement expectations in this house, construction plans called for the construction of a future home office at the junction between the chalet and the garage and additional bedrooms in a wing at the other end of the chalet. Once the daughter is gone, the garage apartment could then serve as either a rental, guest accommodation or stepfather’s apartment. Since the chalet house plan was designed as an aging house (a barrier-free design allowing them to live independently as they age), the garage apartment could also serve as accommodation for caregivers. later.
This type of extendable and integrated house plan is very flexible and versatile, offering many progressive options as budget and lifestyle situations change, all without sacrificing the simple pleasures that a home can offer.
With a little innovation and reorganization of priorities, young families or baby boomers who are downsizing will have a better chance of achieving their goal of building low-cost homes. Implementing the step-by-step construction method offered by extendable house plans can provide an affordable and convenient alternative for profitable home ownership.