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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    We have just the one loungeroom and not sure we would have it any other way. Dh and I both grew up with 1 loungeroom and it was a real family place to be and to us it's how it should be. We wouldn't like our loungeroom and their loungeroom, we share that room as a family. The boys have an allocated area in a corner of their rooms for toys etc which is enough, they don't need their own loungeroom. My cousin has a massive 2 storey house where her and dh are down 1 end and the kids are the other end. The reality is they rarely see the kids, they only have meals together really. I think it's quite sad how so much space has put such distance between them. My cousin feels it too and misses the connection they once had as a family even though her children are older, At the time they built 4 years ago they thought they were building their dream home.
    I agree. I loved having my own space as a teen, but I spent some time in my room, and then hung out in the living area with my family. If I had my own living room I probably would have hung out there and ignored my parents altogether, which is not what I want happening. I do think teens need their privacy, but I don't see why a bedroom isn't sufficient. The whole 'one room that the kids can mess up and then one that is kept clean to sit in of a night' idea baffles me. My kids have always been taught to put their toys away at the end of the day, and I don't feel like we need to dedicate a whole room to toys. However, big houses are not the norm in the area I live in, and I grew up in a very small house, so perhaps I don't get it because it's so far removed from anything I have ever experienced.

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    We hope to renovate in a few years, and the major thing on my list is to have two living areas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blessedwith3boys View Post
    We have just the one loungeroom and not sure we would have it any other way. Dh and I both grew up with 1 loungeroom and it was a real family place to be and to us it's how it should be. We wouldn't like our loungeroom and their loungeroom, we share that room as a family. The boys have an allocated area in a corner of their rooms for toys etc which is enough, they don't need their own loungeroom. My cousin has a massive 2 storey house where her and dh are down 1 end and the kids are the other end. The reality is they rarely see the kids, they only have meals together really. I think it's quite sad how so much space has put such distance between them. My cousin feels it too and misses the connection they once had as a family even though her children are older, At the time they built 4 years ago they thought they were building their dream home.
    My husbands parents only have one lounge room and it meant when we met when I was 15 and he was 18, we hung out in his bedroom. If that was my child, I would much prefer they were hanging out in the second lounge room rather than a bedroom, which was the case at my house.

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    Is it just me, or is a 'media room', decked out with the dark leather recliners & huge TV a bit 'bogan?' :O sorry to all those I have inevitably offended! It reminds me of the 'coffee tables are bogan' thread of a year or so ago.

    I have a second living area, & I enjoy a quiet space to retreat (either on my own, or with the kids to do quiet activities) away from the main living area. If we are getting a bit "chaotic" in the main living room with lots of activity happening, sometimes I'll bring the kids into the second living area with a puzzle or another quiet activity. It seems to be a bit calming on all of us for a different, smaller space!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR03 View Post
    My husbands parents only have one lounge room and it meant when we met when I was 15 and he was 18, we hung out in his bedroom. If that was my child, I would much prefer they were hanging out in the second lounge room rather than a bedroom, which was the case at my house.
    I met my husband when I was 15...we just hung out in the lounge room with the rest of my family, or went to my bedroom and left the door open until we got serious, and then he just started sleeping over and we shared a bed. I plan on being the same with my kids, because we would have done things no matter what, and I'd rather my kids be safe at home, then parked on the side of the road in the back seat of the car somewhere.
    On a side note...the family my husband lived with when we met had two living rooms, but when I went there we had to hang out in the family room with everyone anyway. We weren't allowed in the other living area on our own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full House View Post
    I agree. I loved having my own space as a teen, but I spent some time in my room, and then hung out in the living area with my family. If I had my own living room I probably would have hung out there and ignored my parents altogether, which is not what I want happening. I do think teens need their privacy, but I don't see why a bedroom isn't sufficient. The whole 'one room that the kids can mess up and then one that is kept clean to sit in of a night' idea baffles me. My kids have always been taught to put their toys away at the end of the day, and I don't feel like we need to dedicate a whole room to toys. However, big houses are not the norm in the area I live in, and I grew up in a very small house, so perhaps I don't get it because it's so far removed from anything I have ever experienced.
    How can it baffle you? People have clearly described why they want a second living space. How is that confusing if you dont share those sentiments? It's just a different experience.

    In our family bedrooms are for sleeping and that's it. The kids share a one and with dd3 in our room, our 'lounge' is where dh but mainly I go to chill out after the kids are in bed. It's a no kid/toy space and gives me some much needed peace.

    Yes you can exhort your kids daily to clean up their playroom but sometimes you cbf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    How can it baffle you? People have clearly described why they want a second living space. How is that confusing if you dont share those sentiments? It's just a different experience.

    In our family bedrooms are for sleeping and that's it. The kids share a one and with dd3 in our room, our 'lounge' is where dh but mainly I go to chill out after the kids are in bed. It's a no kid/toy space and gives me some much needed peace.

    Yes you can exhort your kids daily to clean up their playroom but sometimes you cbf.
    I find it baffling because large housing has such a huge impact on our environment, and it just seems so unnecessary to me. Australia is facing a housing shortage in some areas, and people are worried about having to share their living space with some toys because they have kids? Yes, it's baffling to me. It baffles me that people don't think of the big picture. Maybe it's easy not to think about when you're not in an area where a housing shortage is a real concern. Or perhaps people aren't considering the environmental impact?

    As for the cbf getting kids to clean up thing...sure, there's been the odd time where we haven't done the clean up, we just ignore and do it the next day. I have children, therefore it's inevitable there will be toys in the house. It's easier to deal with if you don't overload on toys, and honestly, it's for such a short time of their life anyway.

    FTR - I did live in a two living space house once...it didn't take long before I felt like we were just filling up space with stuff because the space was there to fill. We moved on, and downsized in the process and I have no desire to go back.
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    We only have one lounge area, a large open plan space that has kitchen, dining, lounge. But, we live in an old house that has nooks and it has another space off the lounge (still open) that is currently the `craft space' which I imagine will become the `homework' space once the kids are older, it has a coffee table and cushions to sit around the table.

    I can definitely see the benefit of teenagers having a retreat, I want my kids to hang out at our place with their friends and I think to make it appealing they need their own space. We plan to put a master bedroom/ensuite extension on the house and our old bedroom will be a teenagers retreat. Our house is still small enough that I don't think it will feel like we are ships passing in the night though.

    I'm not personally a fan of the `media room' but I do like a house to have multi use spaces in an open plan if that makes sense.

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    I can totally see the appeal of two living areas. The houses I grew up in had two and it was really handy, especially when my brother and I hit the teenage years.

    Being just a family of 3, I don't feel like it's a 'must have' for us though.

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    We have 1 lounge area. We have a 2 story house - the plan is eventually to put a big rumpus room downstairs. Right now we have a 2.5yo and another on the way so it's not needed yet (I use the upstairs tv lots and so does DS - DH plays computer games downstairs and also has 'manland')


 
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