Top House Plans for Empty Nesters

At Frank Betz Associates, we believe that for empty nesters, “right-sizing” doesn’t always mean going smaller. As your lifestyle changes, sometimes you just need your space configured in a different way. 


As your extended family grows, and you excitedly welcome your children’s significant others, in-laws, and grandchildren (along with their family and friends), you may need a larger, more open living area to host them all. (Just imagine how much fun holidays will be!) You may also need a few extra bedrooms, and a second den or playroom will come in handy. Above all else, you’ll need to prioritize your comfort, which may mean having the majority of living on one, easy-to-navigate level. 


In some cases, we understand that “right-sizing” may actually mean sizing up! We’re happy to offer house plans to accommodate any need in your next, exciting phase of life. Here are a few options:


Lake Pointe

4 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATHS | 3,033 SQ FT


In this spacious yet charming home, there are so many opportunities for your entire family to gather! Whether you’re hosting one or ten, there is ample space for guests to sleep comfortably, then come together for meals and memories in the common areas. You’ll also love that most of the living happens on the first floor, with all the features and open-concept layout that you expect in a new construction home.



Taunton Place

4 BEDROOMS | 4.5 BATHS | 3,072 SQ FT


With all your essential living spaces on the first floor, this house plan is perfect for empty nesters, or anyone who enjoys the ease of single-level living. Enjoy a wide-open kitchen that overlooks the vaulted family room and flows right into the sunlit dining room. The owner’s suite occupies a private wing of the home, so no matter how many visitors you have, you’ll always enjoy peace and quiet. 



Briarcliff Cottage

4 BEDROOMS | 4 BATHS | 3,649 SQ FT


You may be an empty nester now, but in this home, your nest will always be full! The lower level features a full, secondary kitchen with a large game room and cozy fireplace. There are also two additional bedrooms on this level with full, attached baths. You can host an entire family (or two!) and everyone will feel comfortable and completely at home.



Hickory Grove

3 BEDROOMS | 2.5 BATHS | 2,917 SQ FT


In this house plan, your home can be as cozy or as grand as you need — it’s your choice! In addition to the first floor and lower level, there is an option to add a second floor complete with a fourth bedroom, full bathroom, and linen closet. On the main level, the keeping room next to the kitchen is a nice touch for enjoying casual family moments together.


If “right-sizing” means having a new space to accommodate everyone you love, contact us for more options, or feel free to browse our home designs

Tour These Popular House Plans Virtually

Our 3D Walkthroughs are interactive videos that allow you to “walk” through our house plans virtually. You control the tour and can visit every room, view every angle, even peer into bathrooms and out of windows. Zoom in and out to see rooms from the exact view you’d like, and quickly jump from room to room. You can even take measurements to determine if your furniture will fit in the space. If you have access to a VR headset, you can even see these homes in virtual reality.


We know how much time it takes to shop for a house plan and find one that you love, but we understand that life is incredibly busy. These 3D walkthroughs go a step beyond normal renderings or 2D illustrations and allow you to see every aspect of a home completely on your terms. They are the next best thing to a physical walk-through. 


Here are three of our most popular house plans that you view virtually, right now!


Blantons Trace

4 BEDROOMS | 3.5 BATHS | 2,073 SQ FT


2-Car Garage

Vaulted Porch + Outdoor Dining Area

2nd Floor Bonus Room with Built-Ins



Chelsea Walk

5 BEDROOMS | 4 BATHS | 3,008 SQ FT


Wide, covered front porch

Optional 2nd floor bonus room

Formal dining room

Vaulted covered back porch

Covered outdoor dining area



Embry Hills

4 BEDROOMS | 3.5 BATHS | 2,601 SQ FT


1st Floor Guest Suite

Vaulted Screened Back Porch

Optional 2nd Floor Bonus Room

Walk-in Closets in All Upstairs Bedrooms


If you’re interested in seeing more virtual 3D Walkthroughs like these, or you’re interested in learning about customization options for any of the homes you’ve seen, please contact us and we’d be happy to send you more information!

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House Plan Spotlight: Cape Cod Design

At Frank Betz Associates, we design homes in a variety of styles. One of our most popular is the Cape Cod home design. Though the style is quintessentially American, the first Cape Cods were developed by early settlers from England in the 1600s. Partially inspired by the simple, thatched cottages common in Britain, the settlers adapted the simple symmetric design to keep out harsh New England winters. In fact, everything about the Cape Cod style was adopted for its function rather than its form. 


Cape Cod House Plans


A traditional Cape Cod-style house is a low, broad, single-story frame building with a moderately steep pitched gabled roof, and very little ornamentation. It usually features a central front door flanked by multi-paned windows either singly or in pairs. There may or may not be shutters but there is typically a covered front porch. Modern Cape Cods may feature steeper pitches creating enough room for a second-story living space under the roof.


Cape Cod-style homes have always been popular for the visual appeal of their high roof lines and attractive dormers, as well as their efficient floorplans. They may be designed with one or more bedrooms on the first floor, with additional bedrooms on the second floor. 


Capes are particularly well-suited to level or down-sloping lots. Our Cape Cods here at Frank Betz Associates come in a variety of sizes, from a cozy 1,085 square feet to a palatial 4,797 square feet. And we can customize them to fit your needs perfectly! Here are a few examples of our most popular Cape Cod house plans:


Beacon Falls – Warm & Inviting

3 Bedrooms | 2.5 Bedrooms | 2,216 Sq. Ft.

  • Loft Area
  • Optional Bonus Room


Nesbit Ferry – Open & Airy

3-4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 2,409 Sq. Ft.

  • Large Rear Porch
  • Study Nook


Springdale Farm – Classic Styling

4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,551 Sq. Ft.

  • 3 Outdoor Living Areas
  • Option Bonus Room
  • Tech Center


Interested in building a brand new, Cape Cod-inspired home? Contact us for all the details and options; we’d love to help!

Beautiful Photos of Finished Homes

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the images of these three finished house plans are priceless. Even with the best renderings, it can sometimes be hard to imagine a completed home. That’s why we’re so excited to share these pictures of the Northfield Manor, the Gulfport, and Hickory Flat house plans. We extensively photographed these homes so you can see how they look when finished, in real life. After all, seeing is believing!


Northfield Manor

4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths | 3,8,78 Sq. Ft.


A stunning home with details for days, the Northfield Manor is the embodiment of casual elegance coupled with high style. This Craftsman-style home has unforgettable curb appeal with a wide, covered front porch supported by solid wood columns, a roofline of various pitches, and real stone accents. Inside, the family room is impressive, with a coffered ceiling and transom windows that offer stunning views of the back deck and your yard beyond. The owner’s suite will envelop you in its spacious bedroom with tray ceiling, private sitting area, luxurious bathroom, and deep walk-in closet. There’s more than enough space for every member of your family plus all your guests who will surely visit often.



4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,993 Sq. Ft.


The steeply pitched roof and low slung porches of the Gulfport make for the perfect, classic, low country profile. Here, the front AND back porches are large enough to double as living spaces, while the interior gives you so much room to both spread out and come together. Whether you enjoy hosting formal dinner parties, or just inviting friends over to watch the game (or both!), there’s a space that’s perfect for every activity. The first-floor owner’s suite is secluded and elegant, while the upstairs bedrooms are spacious and private, with none sharing any walls. There’s an option to add a large bonus room above the garage that can serve any purpose you wish.


Hickory Flat

4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 2,205 Sq. Ft.


The perfect blend of rustic and modern, the Hickory Flat offers casual living spaces with high design sensibility. Family or guests, everyone will want to gather ‘round the gorgeous center kitchen island, whether it’s to help out with dinner, linger for drinks and conversation, or just for the prime views of your gorgeous living space in this delightful, open-concept home. Most of the living and relaxing happens on the first floor, with a single bedroom and large bonus room occupying the second. This upstairs space would be perfect as a guest suite, in-law suite, or even a teenager’s bedroom. The covered back porch and vaulted, screened porch are made for living outdoors, which, in this home, is just as comfortable as inside.


If you love what you see, and you’d like more information about building these three floorplans, or you’d like to see images of any of our other popular house plans, please contact us; we’d love to help!

Remembering Frank Betz

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Frank Betz, founder of Frank Betz Associates and a pioneer in the residential design industry since 1976. Frank was an innovator, great talent, and nimble businessman. He will be terribly missed, though he has left us an extraordinary legacy to carry forward.


Frank graduated from college in 1976 with a degree in architectural and civil engineering technology. He immediately went to work for a convenience store developer, but was not satisfied. He felt the strings of entrepreneurship pulling, and set out on his own as an illustrator/renderer and draftsman. In April of 1980 he founded Frank Betz Associates (FBA) in Atlanta, GA. 


This was a time of great economic growth and development for the City of Atlanta and its suburbs. FBA thrived by servicing the home building industry with design, drafting, and advertising offerings. His client list grew quickly and included many of the top real estate developers in the region.


Spurred by suburban housing development, FBA flourished from 1988-1992 when the company entered the stock house plan business by partnering with third-party publishers and publishing its own catalog of in-house plans. For over 10 years, from 1993 until the mid-2000s, FBA was named “Best Selling Designer” by Builder magazine. The company is also an Aurora Award winner, among many others. 


Frank Betz continued leading FBA until his semi-retirement in 2004. He maintained his interest in the company and provided strategic advice and support while dabbling in other business ventures, including real estate development and restaurant ownership. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf and putting on his best poker face in Las Vegas. Frank was a generous and fun-loving person who enjoyed all aspects of work and life. 


Today, Frank Betz Associates’ solid reputation and respected status in the industry remains because of Frank’s creative vision, strong foundation, and exemplary work. The team today is proud to uphold the values and traditions he instilled in the company from the very beginning as we maintain his legacy and move the company forward. We are proud designers and drafters and look forward to continuing to provide expert services to home builders and homeowners alike in the memory of Frank Betz. 

Single-Use License House Plans Now Offered in Digital Format

At Frank Betz Associates, we strive to provide the best service to our customers, and seek to save them time and resources by delivering trend-setting, award-winning house plans that meet or exceed end users’ expectations. To that end, we are making a change from printed to digital single-use license house plans that will create more efficiencies in our customers’ building processes.


What’s Changing?

For single-use license house plans, we currently offer customers 5 to 8 printed copies of the plan that cannot be reproduced. The customers can only build one house from that plan. 

Going forward, we will offer single-use license house plans as PDF documents that come with a single-use license. 


Why the Change?

Many counties now require house plans to be submitted digitally for building approval. Previously, customers could submit a paper copy, which they would not receive back.

With single-use license PDF documents, customers can submit a digital copy of the plan to the county, making that part of the building process easier and quicker. If a customer needs printed sets from the PDF, they can order them from Frank Betz Associates, or have copies made at their local print shop. Only one house can be built, no matter how many sets of copies are made.


What’s NOT changing?

Usage of multi-use PDF house plans and CADD files will remain the same. If a customer purchases a multi-use PDF or CADD file, they can build the house as many times as they like. 

We believe this change to digital-only house plans will result in easier management of house plans for our customers, creating more efficiencies, saving them time and money.


If you have any questions about house plan formats, please contact us.

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House Plan and Design Trends for 2022

In 2022, it’s all about peaceful, calming, well-edited interiors. With many people still spending more time indoors, and an overall emphasis on minimizing stress of any kind, interior designers are transforming homes into retreat-like havens that incorporate soothing color palettes, natural materials, and spaces that can be… well… whatever you need. Whether you are designing an entire home, or just want to refresh a few rooms, here are the top new home design trends of 2022.


2022 Home Design Trends


Natural, Neutral Tones

While neutral colors are a mainstay of interior design, this year they are leaning toward the warmer, more natural tones, like beige, white, ivory, taupe, and brownish-gray. These are colors you would likely find in nature (think of a day at the shore or hiking through an amazing forest) and by bringing them inside your home, you’ll find yourself more grounded, relaxed, and focused. Play with these colors in different fabrics, materials, paint, and decor to create an interesting and layered neutral aesthetic.


Organic Materials

Playing right into the natural theme, this is the year to bring more organic materials into your interior design. Look for furniture and accessories in natural-finish wood, wicker, rattan, stone or ceramic, and natural fiber rugs like wool, cotton, or jute. Even mirrors and other wall art can take a million different natural forms. These organic materials create a calm and cozy feeling — a great way to combat the higher stress levels of the last few years. Designers fully expect this to be a long-term design trend as we all seek to lead simpler, less chaotic lives. A great side benefit is that these materials are sustainable and can easily be repurposed.




Minimalism is the way to go for furniture and decor, but in 2022, designers say bring in all the plants you can! Indoor plants have mood-boosting benefits like reducing stress, increasing focus, boosting productivity, and more. Not to mention, they help purify the air by converting carbon dioxide into fresh oxygen — perfect if you’re spending long periods of time indoors. 


Flexible Spaces

Like plastic straws, single-use rooms are out. Multifunctional spaces are in — ones that can transform and change along with your life. A bonus room might be both a private study and a home gym, or a loft may start out as a child’s playroom then transform into a homework station. Even an open-concept living space can be flexible in that it allows you to place furniture whenever it makes the most sense during a particular period in your life.


Dedicated Home Offices

More people continue to work from home these days, and trying to focus in a highly trafficked room or clearing a space on the already-messy dining table just doesn’t cut it. In order to be “on” and professional, find a room or space in your home that can serve as a home office and nothing else (hello, flex room!). Bring in all the things that make you feel comfortable, inspired, and productive — like great lighting, a quality chair, bookshelves, photos, awards, and collectibles. Make this office “off limits” while you’re working, and your feeling of accomplishment will soar.


Laundry Room Off the Primary Suite

In keeping with the theme of minimizing stress, a laundry room just off the primary suite makes sense for a lot of people. More than likely, the owners of the home are the ones doing the laundry, so why not make it most convenient for them? Include another access point to the laundry room from the mudroom, kitchen, or hallway, and other members of the household can drop off and pick up their clothes without disturbing anyone.


Modern Farmhouse Style 

A more sophisticated take on traditional country style, the modern farmhouse is the perfect blend of contemporary minimalism mixed with a warm and comforting, relaxed and rustic vibe. Distinguishing features of these popular homes include whitewashed walls, timber beams, a welcoming front porch, and an eye-catching gabled roof.


Single-Level Living

There’s nothing easier than breezing through a single-level, open-concept, light-filled home. With no stairs or unnecessary walls blocking your path or your view, everyday tasks are so much easier. It’s also an entertainer’s dream — all your guests can gather in one area without feeling cramped. And of course, one-story living is much safer if you have any physical challenges or even young children. 



Outdoor Rooms

It’s no longer just the “patio” or “deck.” More designers are transforming these spaces into fully outdoor living spaces. It’s an easy way to enjoy more livable square footage in your home without actually adding any rooms. Bring in multiple seating arrangements, a cozy bistro table for coffee and breakfast, soft rugs for underfoot, and ambient lighting to make this one of the most used rooms in the home. 



With many of us still spending so much time at home, we need our spaces to feel airy and open, no matter their size. Minimalism is both a way of life and a design aesthetic that can help accomplish that. Use only what’s necessary; keep only what’s meaningful and important. Decluttering your home goes a long way toward decluttering your mind so that you can rest more peacefully and focus when necessary.


Serene Green

In line with the overall trend of all things natural and soothing, green is making its way into every designer’s look book as a must-have accent color in 2022. Earthy, organic greens like sage, olive, and forest destress and revitalize, and are associated with nature and growth. Use green anywhere you need a pop of color or need to feel energized, like a wall, accent chair, or pillows. You could even try removing window coverings to highlight your green landscape outside — it’s like built-in wall art!


From all of us at Frank Betz Associates, we hope your new year — and your new home — is happy, peaceful, and rejuvenating. Happy Designing!

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Our Top Family-Friendly House Plans

When your family is growing or the kids are getting older, there comes a point when you just know you need more space — and sooner rather than later. Whether it’s too many hands going in and out of the fridge in a small kitchen, the need for more separation (i.e. peace and quiet) between the primary suite and the other bedrooms, or not enough outdoor space to relax and let the kids run free at the same time, there’s bound to be at least one nagging sticking point about your current home as your family expands. 


We get it. That’s why we design house plans that are wide open, spacious on the inside and out, and can comfortably accommodate all your family members now and into the future. 


If you’re looking for a new home to that will grow with your family, there are a couple of features you should always look for.


Top Features for Family-Friendly House Plans


Flex Space: Whether you need a dedicated space for homework, a game room for teens, or a serene yoga room for yourself, it’s critical to have a bit (or a lot) of extra space that can be configured in any way you need, and can change in the future. 


Open Living Area: One way to make sure growing families spend time together is to have enough space to accommodate everyone in one area. Whether it’s for a sit-down family dinner or a low-key movie night, memories are made when you’re together. 


Spacious Primary Suite: Between work and family, you’ve got a lot going on. Hang on to your sanity with a private, spa-like retreat. Whether you prefer your primary bedroom suite to be upstairs or down, it should be large and luxurious so that you get the peace of mind and rest you deserve.


Lots of Storage: With people (especially kids!) come things. Our house plans feature large closets in bedrooms and hallways, spacious and functional laundry rooms, garages with extra space, and second-floor bonus rooms that are perfect as simple storage. Whatever it is that you have, our plans have a place for it.


Here are our top three family-friendly house plans:


Selwyn Park – Designed for Active Families


4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 3-Car Garage | 2,906 Sq. Ft.


This beautiful home has all the bases covered for an active family of any size. The kitchen and living room are open concept, and flow right into a dedicated dining space that’s flooded with natural light. Whether it’s weekday breakfast or a holiday dinner, meals will always feel special here. The covered back porch extends almost the entire width of the home, providing ample space for outdoor living and play. For holidays and family celebrations, the spacious and completely private guest suite has an attached bath. Upstairs, two additional bedrooms are separated by a central bathroom with dual vanities. The optional bonus room is perfect for playtime, gaming, or kids’ movie nights. 


Wood Hollow – Warm and Welcoming


4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 2,436 Sq. Ft.


This refined farmhouse cottage is reminiscent of a bygone era, but updated with a modern layout and beautiful details that make this floor plan a favorite for today’s families. With its high-pitched roof, board and batten siding, and welcoming front porch, it’s easy to feel like you belong here. The open design is perfect for both busy mornings and relaxing evenings. The first-floor primary suite offers convenience and luxury, while the upstairs bedrooms inspire peace and quiet. A large, optional bonus room can be a recreation area, home gym, or an extra storage space.


Haddington – Classic Style That Delivers


4 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 2-Car Garage | 2,300 Sq. Ft.


A modern farmhouse design that’s a family favorite, the Haddington has everything you’re looking for in a new home. Whether you’re hosting just your immediate family, or guests and relatives for holidays and celebrations, this home is built for any occasion. The elegant foyer opens up into a soaring living room with beamed ceilings, which flows right into the dining area and kitchen, complete with oversized island. Continue with the flow of the home and you’ll find yourself relaxing on a covered back porch with a beautiful vaulted ceiling. Back inside, the first-floor primary suite offers a serene escape, while children and guests occupy themselves upstairs. 


If you’re ready to make the leap from a house that just feels “OK” to an extraordinary home that will grow with you for years, explore these three house plans and the many more that Frank Betz Associates offers. This might just be the best move you’ve ever made. 

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5 Benefits of Single-Level, Open-Concept Living

At Frank Betz Associates, we’ve mastered the art of stylish, single-level, open-concept living. Our one-story house plans feature spacious, thoughtfully-designed interiors, oversized bedrooms and baths, extra space for storage, and covered porches or patios to comfortably enjoy fresh air. They offer 2 to 5 bedrooms, plenty of open space, abundant natural light, and a level of comfort you won’t believe. You’ll wish you’d switched to single-level living years ago! 


5 Benefits of Open-Concept Floor Plans


1) Easier to navigate. The biggest attraction of one-story homes with an open concept is the fact that everything you need is on one floor — no stairs required. This makes it easier to live comfortably with any physical limitations, like arthritis or achy joints. No more dreading when you’ve left something in another room!


2) Safer. No matter your age, falling down the steps, or even making it up, can be a big concern. Single-level living means no worries about you, your young children or grandkids, or pets tumbling down steps and getting hurt. And no need to haul laundry, suitcases, or anything else up and down stairs. 


3) Open space and natural light. Our one-story homes include lots of open living space. Rooms have vaulted ceilings, plenty of windows, and flow easily into one another – without a staircase cutting into the space or narrow hallways to navigate.


4) Easy to clean. Vacuums and cleaning supplies can be heavy and bulky – especially if you’re lugging them up the stairs. And no one wants to spend money on TWO vacuums! If you live on a single floor, it’s so much easier to go from one end of the house to the other with a vacuum, dust mop, or any other cleaning tool. 


5) Everyday life. No stairs and zero step entries mean that you can move easily from the garage to the mudroom to the living areas with shopping bags, suitcases, boxes – and not worry about tripping or dropping things down the steps.


If you are interested in building a single-level, open-concept home, we have some home plans you’re sure to love: 



Waterbury Cottage

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • 1,997 Square Feet

This light-filled, airy, modern farmhouse-style home features a split bedroom design with the owner’s suite on one side of the home, and the secondary bedrooms on the other. Step through the foyer and the home immediately opens up into a formal dining room and beamed great room, which leads right into a spacious kitchen with an oversized island. The two outdoor living spaces are generously proportioned and just as easy to navigate as the interior ones.



Mulberry Farm

  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Baths
  • 2-Car Garage
  • 2,148 Square Feet

The epitome of open-concept design, this home features a living room, dining area, and kitchen that is vaulted with one continuous ridge line across the entire space. The result is a grand, elegant room that encourages movement and flow throughout the entire home. The 16-ft sliding glass door from the dining area to the vaulted covered back porch provides a continuous line of sight straight through to your backyard and lets in abundant natural light. 


To learn more about how a single-level, open-concept home can improve your quality of life, please contact us — we’d love to share more!


Kitchen Designs Perfect for Family Gatherings

If you’ve ever envisioned your “perfect home,” you’ve probably thought a lot about the kitchen. After all, this is the room where you jumpstart your day, unwind in the evening, and cook and enjoy meals. Perhaps most importantly, though, this is the place in your home where you gather with family and friends. For these reasons, the layout and features of a kitchen are especially important. While it must be functional, this space should also be supremely inviting.


Popular Kitchen Designs for Entertaining

Large Kitchen Island

A large island is probably the most important (and most aesthetically pleasing) feature we include in a kitchen that’s meant for people to come together. A meal prepping station, serving station, and gathering place all in one, an island is a multi-purpose feature that adds function and style to your kitchen. In many of our designs, the sink is placed in the kitchen island facing out across the living area, so that you can continue working without ever turning your back on your family or your guests.

See the large kitchen island in the Aspen Ridge home plan. 



Keeping Room or Breakfast Room

A keeping room is a comfortable space just off the kitchen complete with a hearth where family or guests can keep you company while you’re preparing meals, without getting in the way. The history of the keeping room goes back to colonial America, when the home’s fireplace was used for both cooking and keeping warm. Home designers today have reimagined this room in new and different ways. You’ll often find a breakfast room just adjacent to the kitchen — a modern version of the keeping room where your family can gather for a more intimate breakfast or meal. 

See the vaulted keeping room in the Tuxedo Park home plan. 



Open to the Family Room

When the family gathers for holidays or special events, no one wants to feel left out because they need to prepare food, or because they want to relax on a comfortable couch. The best design for family gatherings is one where the kitchen is fully open to the family room, so that the entire family can enjoy special moments together. Opt for a space that’s large enough to create multiple seating arrangements, leaving room for everyone to gather around the table or island to sing Happy Birthday or give a toast. 

See the open-concept kitchen and living space in the Hanover Pointe home plan.



The kitchen is the heart of your home, and where your best family memories will be made. Choose a warm, welcoming space that accommodates everyone, while keeping you at the center of it all. Learn more about our made-for-gathering kitchen designs.