We are considering building and I'm wondering how much people use their second lounge room/home theatre.
We really like a home which has a huge open plan kitchen/lounge/dine which opens up onto a large alfresco area. There's no second lounge. We aren't really convinced we would use a second lounge all that often and not having it makes the main area of the house larger and the main bedroom larger too - just wondering if you use yours and how often?
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17-10-2015 22:51 #1
Second lounge room - worth it?
17-10-2015 22:57 #2
We've just built and we've got a big open plan family, dining & kitchen and we've also got a separate media room.
We 💜 it! I would definitely have a separate lounge area away from the open plan.
Also be mindful of how large the open plan area is. My SIL has an area that's about an extra 2m longer & 1m wider & her's echoes so badly. When the kids are playing it just amplifies the noise 10 fold.
17-10-2015 23:20 #3
Our doesn't get used that much but it is useful when the kids want to watch their own thing on TV or play their Xbox. If we had a play room or the kids rooms' were bigger then it wouldn't be used at all.
17-10-2015 23:26 #4
Think about when the kids are teenagers! I would love a second living space so they could have their own space (and us, ours!). Also gives more flexibility on how you use the space. My ILs have a big open plan area and its such a wasted space, they've never figured out how to use it. I think a nice flowing kitchen/dining/living/outdoor area is really nice but it's still good to have a bit of a retreat.
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17-10-2015 23:28 #5Senior Member
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We have an open plan kitchen, meals, family and games. Also have an activity room and theatre room. Love it!
17-10-2015 23:52 #6
I don't know how I survived years with one lounge room 😖😖 so worth it imo I would never build or buy a house with only 1 lounge room
18-10-2015 01:16 #7
We have 2 living areas and a dining area. Our second living area is off the kids' bedrooms and is their area to make a mess in and play. When they're older it's where we'll have a second TV plus whatever games console they have and pretty much the entire back half of the house will be theirs.
18-10-2015 02:35 #8
I think it really depends on your family, think about how your family spends their time.
We are really not tv people so we didn't want another lounge or media room.
We have an open plan, but because we do a lot of entertaining we have a separate rumpus room, that goes out on to our alfresco area, which is where we tend to spend all the warmer months, for the kids we have a play room, this will one day when they are teenagers become their lounge room.
18-10-2015 07:23 #9
We're looking at building and a second living area is an absolute must for us! We don't have one atm, just a teeny tiny lounge room which is way too small. We only have one child and she tends to play in there more than her room because she wants to be with us. At the end of the day it's so overrun with toys & general stuff that it's hard to block all that out & just relax. Plus DP is a TV addict & loves to come home & unwind watching car shows - having him be able to do that in another room would save all of our sanity 😂
18-10-2015 07:34 #10
We've just moved from a home with 2 lounges to a home with one. It's very hard adjusting.
Df can be... Controlling... When it comes to the tv, and the kids in particular are feeling a little upset that their freedom as far as watching kids shows or playing the wii has gone.
When they're older and have friends over it would also be nice for them to have a separate lounge for them to use.
We have a long term plan of adding on a master suite so maybe we could add another lounge too?
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