In laws needing to downsize

kled2008January 15, 2013

Hi everyone,
My in laws are looking to downsize from a very large, historic home into something smaller and they are not sure wether they want to hire an architect or work off stock plans. They are collectors (in their mid to let 70s) and have accumulated antiques, etc. over the years, which currently fill their 14,000sf home (yes, I know it's HUGE, but its been in the family a very long time). Anyway, they want a home, mostly on 1 level, with multiple family spaces, a large dining room, 2 masters on main, and very large storage closets (maybe a fully outfitted attic.). My mother in law would like large outside porches. And not have to access things on a second level often, though she will want at least a bedroom or 2 upstairs. The style they like is a low country cottage with some brick or stone. Any suggestions on architects or stock plans that might be of interest to them?
May thanks!!!

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leel

Can't answer that question, but I will suggest they should be looking at universal design. This is design that allows for aging in place: things such as lever handles instead of door knobs, wide doorways & halls for possible wheelchairs. A good architect can design in this way w/o it looking like a hospital.At their age, it should definitely be in their thoughts as they plan.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 3:08AM
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Iowacommute

Ive seen some beautiful low country plans on just about every plan site, and I do believe I have looked at them all. Ive fallen in love with a low country plan but its 950 sq ft. It may be angood idea to have them look at plans to see what they like and then maybe go to an architect. This sounds like it will still be a big house. Also I agree with everything the previous poster said. Universal design is going to be key. I'm only 30 but that's how I will be building my house in the next year or two.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 11:09AM
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phoggie

Kled, I responded my thoughts about this on the building forum.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 11:33PM
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jannie

Make sure any house they live in is handicap accessible. While they may be completely healthy today, things will be much different in 20 years.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2013 at 10:06AM
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zippity1

they might like some of the allisonramsey home plans
we are looking at bermuda bluff cottage, and many others, they have a lot of style and are not large

    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 8:20PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I'd suggest getting a sense from them what "downsize" means....6000 sq ft is still substantially downsized from their current space, but still very large for most people.

If they want to go to 1500 sq ft, then that's a whole 'nother thing and will be a tremendous change for them, and mostly for their stuff.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 9:15AM
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phoggie

Most of us have homes less than 2000sf....to us what they are wanting is huge! You might post on Building Homes site...there are larger homes over there....good luck!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2013 at 9:07PM
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