Retirement. Finally. Time to build YOUR dream home.


As Fred Rogers said, “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”

If you are retired or planning your retirement, Mister Rogers’ words could not be more accurate. Welcome to the next chapter of your life!

No more early alarms, long commutes, stuffy suits, or boring meetings. Yes, after decades of fulfilling obligations, it is finally time to pursue your passions.

Whether that means having lunch with friends, golfing on a weekday, puttering around in the garden, reading a pile of books, or playing with grandkids, retired life is a blank slate waiting to record your next adventures.


Retired Life Goal: Dream Home

Since you have the opportunity to plan a retirement lifestyle on your terms, now just may be the perfect time to build your dream home. If this plan interests you, research shows you aren’t alone.

According to a national survey conducted by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate, “57 percent of [Baby] Boomers plan to move out of their current home and 70 percent believe the house they retire in will be the best home in which they have ever lived.”

Ready to make a new home part of your retirement lifestyle plan? Here’s how to design a home you’ll love and make “Retired” the best years of your life.


How to Make a Custom Home Your Dream Retirement Home


Choose a Location

One of the main advantages of building a new home is the opportunity to live in an area you love. During retirement, the best schools and a short commute are no longer high on the priority list.

So, what do baby boomers, those planning their retirements, and active retirees look for in a location? In a word, roots.

To illustrate, the Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate survey found many baby boomers want to remain in a familiar place. In fact, of those surveyed who were not already retired, 72 percent planned to retire in the same state in which they currently resided.

Maybe this means building a new home on your own land. Or perhaps you would prefer to work with a reputable home builder and find a community that’s right for you.  Either way, don’t settle for less than you deserve.


Pick a Plan

What’s the right size home for your retirement? The answer depends on whom you ask.

Everyone’s different, and your home plan should work for the way you live. Additionally, only you know what feels right.

For some retirees, a one-story ranch is ideal. Others dream of a spacious home with lots of room for family and friends.

There’s a home for everyone at Fine Line Homes. We offer over 60 home plans that range from 1211 to more than 3444 square feet. Plus, with our Flexible Floor Plans, you can design your home any way you want as long as the structural integrity isn’t compromised.

Check out this list of important questions you should ask potential custom home builders.


Add Dream Features

This is one of the most exciting aspects of building a custom home. Specifically, it’s how a house becomes your home. A dream home should have all of the upgraded amenities and new technologies that help keep life comfortable and fun.

For example, if you love to entertain, maybe this means a gourmet kitchen with the latest appliances and an oversized island. Or if you’re ready to get your creative juices flowing, a bonus room brimming with more things than your local hobby shop might be just what you want.

Whatever your passion, the custom home building process makes it easy to create the home of your dreams.


Select a Style

A lifestyle that is. What does retirement look like to you? Life after full-time employment is as unique as the retirees themselves. There is no one-size-fits-all model for retirement. Therefore, no cookie-cutter home will do for active seniors.

The truth is, a builder should be able to customize each plan to how you want it. Look for a custom home builder who offers flexible home plans so you can make your home yours. After all, it is your dream home, and you should love every detail.


In Conclusion

Retired life is what you make of it. Foremost, it’s a fantastic opportunity for expansion and adventure – a time to live out your life passions. After decades of dedication, you deserve to create the retirement lifestyle you desire.

At Fine Line Homes, we can help you design a home that’s right for all of the adventures of your retirement years. Be sure to download a copy of our free Plan Book today. No matter your life stage – from first home to retirement home – we look forward to helping you celebrate the beginning of another chapter of your life.

Get started on your home building journey by visiting one of our five conveniently located Model Homes and Design Centers in HarrisburgLewisburgHazletonSayre, and State College.