America’s economic slump has had a significant influence on home designs. Before the Great Recession hit, lavish “McMansions” were popular. In contrast, many of today’s homebuyers are looking for small house plans that can help them minimize heating costs as well as their mortgage payments. Flexibility is another “must have” in family house plans. With new appreciation for economic unpredictability, many Americans have abandoned the idea of upgrading to larger homes as their families grow. Instead, multigenerational house plans are gaining in popularity, since these flexible family house plans can easily sustain a new baby, a returning graduate, or an aging parent.
Another reason why multigenerational house plans are trendy at the moment is that Americans’ life expectancy is longer than ever. Hoping to live comfortably in their own homes as long as possible (rather than being hauled off into a nursing home), many homebuyers are thinking ahead and looking for family house plans that are designed for people of … Read the rest