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No more stairs: Homebuyers opt for one-level living

Categories: New Homes Chicago | Posted: March 9, 2017

The desire of many homebuyers to do away with stairs in major areas of their homes has led to the popularity of today’s ranch plans and other variations on the one-level living theme.

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“Today’s ranch plans are surging in popularity, not only with active adults but also with families, especially those with small children,” says Chris Naatz. “These homes are architecturally attractive, with luxurious features, open concept floor plans, higher ceilings, plentiful windows and flex spaces that can accommodate a variety of additional interests and needs.

“In addition, one-level living is being expanded in creative ways that include two-story plans with first-floor master suites and one-level plans that have available second floors to provide additional space for guests, live-in adult children and storage. The main levels of these homes are self-contained for everyday living, yet the homes allow for light, sunny extra spaces for additional needs,” he says.

The Freedom Series includes six floor plans ranging in size from 1,661 to 2,162 square feet, with two or three bedrooms and studies, two full baths, covered patios and two-car attached garages. The optional upstairs level can be finished to contain a bedroom, full bath and game room, conditioned storage space and a loft or just conditioned storage space.

“The Freedom Series ranches are designed for the way people live today. They are open and free-flowing, and in many plans, the kitchen, great room and dining area are one large space, making it more conducive to family time, entertaining and everyday living. Typically, one-level living floor plans separate the master suite in the rear of the home from the secondary bedroom(s), in the front. The plans maximize living space while balancing privacy and livability. With their exciting optional second-story spaces, they are ideal for those buyers who want one-level living with space for guests.

The Freedom Series homes are offered at Carillon at Cambridge Lakes in Pingree Grove, a pool and clubhouse community for active adults 55 and more, and at Wentworth, a Gurnee community that is open to all age groups and offers low maintenance living.

Most new home communities today offer at least one ranch plan as well as a popular variation, the two-story home with a first-floor master suite. William Ryan Homes, a company that has just unveiled new floor plans for 2017, offers two ranch plans, a Cape Cod and a two-story with a first-floor master bedroom.

“Some families who may have frequent out-of-town visitors or a live-in parent like the clear division of spaces that a two-story home provides, yet may want to have a master bedroom on the first floor, either for a live-in parent or for the owners to enjoy one-level living,” says Chris Coleman, Chicago Division president. “Buyers have the choice to eliminate stairs with our two ranch plans, our Cape Cod plan that offers one-level living with added space upstairs and our two-story home with a first-floor master bedroom.”

The ranch plans offered by William Ryan Homes include the 1,616-square-foot Camden, and the 2,244-square-foot Coventry II. Both offer open concept living areas, large mud rooms, a master bedroom to the rear of the home and a guest bedroom and study or third bedroom to the front. All of the new floor plans are available in six different exterior elevations.

The Cape May, a 2,424-square-foot Cape Cod, offers up to four bedrooms and three baths, with the master bedroom and a second bedroom on the main floor. In addition, buyers may add two large bedrooms, a third bath and a loft on the optional second floor.

The Jensen, a 3,927-square-foot two-story home, offers yet another possibility for one-level living plus. The Jensen offers up to six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, with a first-floor master suite and another master suite upstairs.

“Homebuilders are responding to the needs and preferences of buyers with a creative approach to plans that offer one-level living,” Coleman says. “These homes can be as compact or as expansive as buyers desire, while incorporating the popular trend of no more stairs.

For more information, WilliamRyanHomes.com.

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