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Downsize without Compromise

Updated: Jan 16

Homebuyers in the 55+ age group are often referred to as empty-nesters because their children are grown and have left the family home or will soon be going out on their own. For many in this group it’s the opportunity to create a new home just from themselves. Since this likely isn’t their first home, they probably have a pretty good idea of what they want.


An open floor plan combined with indoor-outdoor living allows the owners to host gatherings while maintaining the comfort of their daily living space.


Here's a list of general features that are popular with empty-nesters:

  • One level day-to-day living.

  • Less total space but more specific spaces.

  • Smaller overall but still suitable for gatherings.

  • A private space for occasional guests.

  • Quality fixtures and appliances.

  • Attention to details and finishes.

  • Low maintenance exterior and landscaping.

  • Security when home and secure when away.

  • Some extra storage space.


Specialized spaces are common requests from our 55+ customers. A man-cave garage has air conditioning, a big screen TV and lots of built-in cabinetry. This craft room features organized storage for project supplies, a big screen TV for watching how-to videos and also space for an upright piano. A "sports bar" outdoor kitchen area is a great place to watch the game while grilling some steaks on the BBQ.



More indoor-outdoor spaces.


The Narrow House was voted "Best in the Nation" at the 2020 NAHB 55+ Housing Awards. Designed by Kg3d Home Design for new empty-nest grandparents on a narrow lot. Downsizing without compromise was the goal of this unconventional design. It features indoor-outdoor living, an AirBNB guest suite, a man-cave garage, bunk rooms for the grandchildren and a Christmas storage space.

Narrow House is also Green Certified at the Platinum level and recognized as one of the greenest houses in Florida. It's energy efficient, water conserving, easy to maintain, private and secure, and best of all, a comfortable place to live.


Nothing is more meaningful and personal than a home, and the experience of designing and building your own home should be rewarding and enjoyable. Choosing a builder is difficult. The process of designing and building a home involves numerous decisions about components, systems and services selected from criteria that includes price, quality, appearance and performance. How can you possibly understand everything unless the builder is willing to share all of the information?


Allow us to introduce you to The GCH Way of building your next home. Please let us know if you have any questions. Keith Groninger

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