15 Dreamy House Plans Built For Retirement

Choosing your new house plan is hands-down the most exciting part of retirement planning.

Sparta House Plan
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If you've picked the perfect town for retirement living but are striking out with the available real estate, this might be the solution. We've gathered a few of our favorite house plans to make the ideal abode for soaking it all in. Our collection of Southern Living house plans includes single-story and two-story house plans. Our house floor plans will run the gamut from simple house plans to more elaborate, larger options. Choosing your new house plan is hands-down the most exciting part of retirement planning.

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Adaptive Cottage, Plan #2075

Adaptive Cottage #2075
Moser Design Group

Moser Design Group designed this beautiful one-floor cottage in conjunction with the Parkinson's Foundation to adapt to the physical needs of the owners. With three bedrooms and bathrooms, there's plenty of room for the family to visit. Plus, there's a front porch and screened porch in the back, so there's no shortage of spots to relax, read a book, or drink a glass of sweet tea.

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Whisper Creek, Plan #1653

Whisper Creek Plan #1653
Southern Living

This 1,555-square-foot cottage is all about the porches. They're ideally suited for rocking the afternoon away with a glass of tea. The interior features two bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths, so there is enough space to entertain guests.

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Palmetto Cottage, Plan #2009

Palmetto Cottage
Southern Living House Plans

Looking to downsize in style? You won't believe how much charm 656 square feet can hold. This floor plan also makes an ideal size to add as a guest house (hint, hint). Despite thinking small with this house plan, the architects at Court Atkins Group had to leave enough room for a proper Southern front porch.

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Eastover Cottage, Plan #1666

Eastover Cottage Plan #1666
Southern Living

The stately Eastover Cottage is a beautiful place to call home. The wide front porch adds even more livable space to the 2,530-square-foot-cottage. With three bedrooms and three and a half baths, there will be plenty of room for hosting the grandkids.

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Young's Crossing, Plan #1912

Young's Crossing #1912

Southern Living

Who doesn't love a brick house? This one-floor, French country-influenced home is positively timeless. The primary bedroom's French doors open to the back porch for the perfect spot to enjoy your morning coffee. The best part is that this house plan provides accessible living with wide doorways, handicap-accessible baths, and five-foot turning radii throughout.

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Tideland Haven, Plan #1375

Tideland Haven House Plan
Designed by Our Town Plans

If deep front porches and a sprawling layout are what you're after, this might be your retirement plan. The 2,418-square-foot home is designed with comfort in mind and includes two bedrooms and two and a half baths.

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Farmhouse Revival, Plan #1821

Farmhouse Revival Plan #1821
Designed by Historical Concepts

This floor plan is dreamy. It clocks in at 3,511 square feet with four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths, but that's just the beginning. The porches are the real stars here.

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Sparta II, Plan #1810-A

Sparta House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

This one-floor home gives you everything you need in less than 2,000 square feet. There's an opportunity for three full bedrooms or two bedrooms and an office if anyone in the family needs a work-from-home spot before retirement. Keep the doors open from the dining area to the screened porch for pleasant summer nights. Will you spend more time on the front patio or the screened porch? Decisions, decisions.

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Tucker Bayou, Plan #1408

Tucker Bayou Plan #1408
Designed by LRK Architects

If the coastal lifestyle has been calling your name, check out the Tucker Bayou Plan. The 3,554-square-foot home, inspired by historic seaside architecture, packs five bedrooms and four baths. While it may look like a vacation home, the thoughtful design of Tucker Bayou makes it an excellent choice for year-round living.

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Amelia River Cottage, Plan #2069

Amelia River Cottage

Southern Living

This spacious one-floor cottage is the ideal forever home. With an expansive owner's suite on the wing, you have privacy and relaxation when your family is in town. Adapt the front porch stairs between the garage and mud room to include a ramp. 

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Nautical Cottage, Plan #224

Nautical Cottage
Southern Living

It's easy to see why this is one of our all-time favorite house plans. Small summer cottages inspire it, but they are easily adaptable to whatever climate and locale you call home. It's chock-full of charming details like cedar shakes and a Nantucket star design on the porch railing. Don't be deceived by its tidy exterior. This home is larger than it looks: 1,315 square feet, three beds, and two baths.

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Covington Cottage, Plan #1010

Covington Cottage House Plan
Southern Living House Plans

Who can resist a bay window? Not us! This one-floor charmer is just under 2,000 square feet with open living spaces and a private owner's suite in the back of the home. The architects at Countryside Homes designed this plan to fit nicely into a traditional neighborhood. It can work in whatever retirement setting you prefer, whether the beach or the mountains.

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Deer Run, Plan #731

Deer Run SL house plan
Southern Living

If you're a fan of cabin living, this might be the one for you. The meticulously designed space uses every square inch of the 973-square-foot cabin to maximize space. It includes two bedrooms, two baths, an open living room with a fireplace, lots of windows, and French doors that open to a screened back porch.

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Crabapple Cottage, Plan #667

Crabapple Cottage
Southern Living

Look no further than the Crabapple Cottage for plenty of space and a timeless design. Its spacious 3,945 square feet, four beds, three baths, and two half baths is hardly a cottage, but it just sounds much more charming.

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Farmdale Cottage, Plan #1870

Farmdale Cottage
Laurey W. Glenn

This 2,057-square-foot cottage oozes Southern charm. A stunning entry and plenty of bedrooms and baths make this one to consider seriously.

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