Empty Nester: Embrace Your Golden Years

It’s finally happened. Your last child—though really, they’re not a child anymore—has moved out. You’re an empty nester. Some will tell you that these are your golden years and yes, they certainly can be. With a perfectly designed home that keeps your needs and convenience in mind, becoming an empty nester can be a new adventure in and of itself. It’s a time for you to embrace new hobbies and go on some adventures. Gerstad Builders understands the importance of this next phase in life, and we’re here to help you find the perfect home. 

Ranch Style Homes

Some say that you’re only as old as you feel. While this may be true, reality sometimes gets in the way and navigating multiple flights of stairs or taking a shower in a dimly lit bathroom can challenging. Gerstad Builders has several beautifully designed ranch style homes that keep convenience and accessibility in mind. As an empty-nester, you may feel great and reinvigorated for life! However, that does not mean that trekking from your downstairs laundry room to your upstairs master bedroom is an easy feat. Rather than try to fight these challenges, why not try and relax and let the floor plans of Gerstad homes take care of the challenges for you? After all, these years are all about you and your relaxation.

Ranch Style Home Models

Our ranch style homes include models such as the BayView, Grant and Jefferson , located in McHenry at our Liberty Trails community. The open floor plans of these models makes navigating from one room to the next a breeze. Do not mistake the description of ranch style to mean lack of space for entertaining! The open floor plans of these homes make entertaining easy and accessible with the great room, kitchen and dining room placed at the center of the home. Many of these homes have additional amenities such as a large walk-in closet, a full basement, and an en suite master bathroom. These homes are ideal because of their continuous flow, making getting from room to room easy and effortless.

When it comes to versatility, Gerstad Builders is here to help with all of the different ways to transform a space since we are able to customize any of our homes! As life goes on, kids grow up and things change. We understand the importance of being flexible and transforming your space into one that coincides with this next phase of your life. Our models are perfect for catering to all of your needs. Not only are the spaces versatile, but we are able to design rooms with extra plugs in the wall so that any room can easily be transformed into a TV room or a well-lit reading room.

Extra Space Ideas

While you may not have as many people going in and out of your home on a day to day basis, we understand the need for extra space. The BayView model, for example, comes with a master bedroom as well as two additional bedrooms. Now, having three fully furnished bedrooms when only one is necessary means it’s time to redecorate! Your space should be used for your hobbies and what makes you happy, but when those extra special people come to stay it’s important that they feel comfortable. Enter the Murphy bed. These beds conveniently fold up into a wall unit. When you need it, but out of the way when you don’t. Murphy beds can transform an exercise room or library into a bedroom instantaneously!

Convenience is key

You’ve worked hard for so many years. Whether you were putting in extra hours at work or completing the duties of a parent, now is the time for you to relax! Convenience is key when it comes to designing a home for empty nesters. Adding windows into your home is not only a great way to incorporate natural light and save on your electric bill, but it’s also important for safety.

Your eyes may no longer be able to perform well under the fluorescent light in your bathroom. Make showering easier and safer by installing a window into your bathroom. Other great places for window installation are the pantry, mudroom, and dining area. Installing pull out drawers in your pantry or cabinets can also save you from straining your eyes and joints when looking for or reaching for an elusive can tucked all the way in the back. 

Simply put, Gerstad has the models and the resources to ensure that your home is everything you need it to be and more. Contact us at 815-385-4495 or visit our website. For information on the process for setting up your virtual, socially distant tour today, click here! 

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