Great things happen in a great room. It brings people together in a home like no other remodeling project can do. It becomes the entertainment epicenter. To get a great room, where do you start?
First, consult a local custom remodeler. He will be able to give you some options and budgets. The cost of the project will, of course, depend on how much structural modification you do. If you have the capability to blow out a wall between the kitchen and the family room, this could be a solution. If you plan to add space to your kitchen to create an eat-in area, you may have more of a project on your hands. Either way, if it serves the purpose of making great things happen for your family and friends, then it’s worth it.
Just about 40 percent of home buyers are willing to pay more for an eat-in kitchen, according to the National Association of Realtors study we’ve been quoting. Most of these people are in the 35-54 age bracket and are raising families. They love the idea of a great room. It lets them discuss homework with the kids while cooking dinner or watching the news. It also lets them monitor their family’s electronic entertainment — from computer use to movie-watching. If it’s a room that combines entertainment, relaxation, food and camaraderie, then it really is a great room.