Your family room should be one of the most livable rooms in the house. It’s the heart of the home and it reflects the character of your family. As your family grows and each member’s interests change, a family room addition or remodel is in order. Think comfort and relaxation. Think entertainment. Think space.
From play room to media room, this home space should evolve with your family. A media room is a great way to bring a family with middle and high school-aged children together. A media room can be a full home theater and music entertainment system. Depending on your family’s habits, this could go as far as changing the acoustics in the room with new wall, ceiling and flooring materials, installing theater seats and a projection screen, or it can be as simple as adding surround sound speakers to your flat screen television and calling it a day. Family rooms can also double as play rooms, with built-in storage areas and spaces for toys and games. Sometimes dividing the room into sections using half-walls, nook spaces and furniture groupings helps to delineate the designated areas.
Empty nesters may be ready to do more entertaining and may want to consider unifying the family room with the kitchen to make a single, larger room. This makes it easy for you to both cook and entertain guests comfortably – you can be in the kitchen, yet still be in touch with guests’ conversations in the family room area. Or, you can enjoy the game on the big screen from the kitchen area.
No matter what stage your family is in, make the most of your family room space. It’s a lifestyle room that should match your family’s life.