Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Dec 3, 2015 9:00:23 AM
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As the saying goes, less house, more home. Perhaps the kids have flown the nest, and your family structure is changing. Maybe you’re simply drawn to the coziness of a smaller home or would love to minimize cleaning and maintenance. At Adair Homes, we have the perfect floor plans for retirees, empty nesters, young families, and business professionals.

Here are a few popular reasons why downsizing is a great option no matter what stage of life you’re in.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

You live in one of the most beautiful areas in the world, the Pacific Northwest. Don’t stay cooped up indoors. Living in a smaller home will give you a greater incentive to enjoy the outdoors. No matter where you live in the Pacific Northwest, you’re never too far from the mountains, the forest, the ocean, or a river. Whether you love to get a little lost in the woods or go for a peaceful paddle, living in a smaller home makes it easier to get out of the house. Not sure what to explore next? Check out the Where You Live section of our blog for outdoor activity ideas and local tips.

Less to Clean

It’s amazing how much dust can collect in one square foot. Multiply that by thousands of square feet, and say hello to your full-time job: housekeeping. With a smaller home, you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time living. Having fewer rooms to keep tidy and not as many square feet to scrub can be liberating. Many people also find that they can keep their smaller homes cleaner because it takes less effort.

Collect Experiences, Not Stuff

Living in a smaller home limits the amount of stuff you can accumulate, but that’s a good thing. It’ll inspire you to live more intentionally and in the moment instead of hoarding things you may never use. Take a page from Marie Kondo’s popular tidying book—find the joy in the items you want to keep and let go of the ones you just don’t need anymore. Downsizing doesn’t necessarily mean you have to get rid of everything you own; it gives you the opportunity to find out what truly makes you happy.

Lower Cost of Ownership

Utility bills increase in direct proportion to square footage. The smaller the home, the less it will take to heat and cool it. New homes also consume less energy than most existing older homes because they are constructed to be more efficient. If you are downsizing and debating whether to buy or build new, consider the lifetime costs to live in the home.

Less Expensive

Here at Adair Homes, all of our homes are affordable, but a smaller home is even easier on the wallet. You’ll find that a less expensive home means more money to live the life you’ve always wanted. When you build new, you also get to control the budget and decide which features are most important to you.

Now, let’s take a look at some of our favorite floor plans for downsizing, in descending order by size.

The Ruby:

Ideal for families, you’ll find that this 1,843-square-foot, two-story home gives you a generous amount of space. All of the bedrooms are located on the second level, creating distinct sleeping and living spaces. Having the garage tucked under the master suite also makes this an ideal floor plan for narrow lots or sites that require a limited footprint.

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The Winchester:

At 1,560 square feet, this split floor plan is all about privacy, with the master suite in its own corner of the home. It’s perfect for those with a full house. There’s also ample storage space in this home. Everything has its own place, with a dedicated laundry/mudroom that creates an easy entry from the garage.

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The Arcadia East:

Generous storage and clever design mark the genius of the Arcadia East floor plan. At 1,405 square feet, this plan feels larger than it is, mainly because of the centrally located open dining/kitchen/great room space. It also includes a roomy walk-in closet for the master suite.



The Rhododendron:

Small on square footage but big on space, this 1,291-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-story home gives the feel of two master suites. With a cottage-like feel, this is the perfect home for retirees who want simple, single-floor living with a private guest room upstairs. This home also works great for narrow lots.



The Ainsworth:

At 1,232 square feet, this single-level plan is cozy while still providing plenty of storage opportunities throughout. There’s a dedicated laundry room and an open kitchen that’s perfect for entertaining. Even though it’s small, you’ll never feel closed in.



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