We hope to renovate in a few years, and the major thing on my list is to have two living areas!
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!
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.
Last edited by Full House; 18-10-2015 at 15:31.
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.
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.
Last edited by Full House; 18-10-2015 at 16:16.
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.
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.
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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