Our theatre room is the kids playroom. If we watch tv (which is very rarely), we watch in the family room. We built and shuffled the plan around a little and for us right now with 2 littlies, its all we need.
We plan to build again once the kids are older and will obviously have/need more space as they will need their own room too. If its your 'forever' house then yes, I'd be thinking more to the future than now
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18-10-2015 16:54 #41
18-10-2015 16:59 #42
Second lounge room - worth it?
I think that anyone who is vehemently opposed to a second living area has not lived with a teenager. Or many kids for that matter.
We are a blended family of 5 kids and there are times when all 5 kids are there that I would dearly LOVE to have a serene lounge to retreat to ON MY OWN, while DP and the four boys watch sport on TV. We do spend lots of quality time together enjoying the same movie or programs together, but when you've got 7 people in the house there are times when a parent wants to have time alone together.
Also, keep in mind that once kids hit teen years there is no longer 'after the kids have gone to bed'...they're up just as late as you! Not all teenagers want to spend the evening hanging with their parents. It will be nice to give ours some space of their own when we build a new house (aside from their bedrooms). I'd like to create a place they love bringing their friends to without us listening in all the time.
18-10-2015 17:35 #43
From a personal and professional point of view ( real estate agent) a second living area or family room is a must! I currently have 10 adults in my main lounge room watching the Moto GP and 8 kids in my family room playing - even though I only have 1 child we have people over a lot and I love that the kids play in the family room and not just in his bedroom , especially when entertaining it's great for the kids to be able to have their own space
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I would love another living area. Ultimately I want open living, kitchen, dining but with a large study/craft room opening from it with big doors. That way I can still do that sort of stuff at night while DH watches TV. And when the kids are bigger I can shut myself in there but still be close enough that I can be part of the action if I want.
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18-10-2015 18:59 #46
Homes have just become so over the top IMO. Separate rooms for everything, ridiculously big to separate everyone. I personally don't think there is any need for two lounge rooms. My mum and dad raised 5 kids in a standard 3 BDRM, 1 bathrm home and were all really close.
I certainly don't think its a necessity or even beneficial.
* this is purely my opinion I'm not suggesting other hubbers are bad parents or it negatively affects their family. I am just passionate about how excessive we have become as a society in general.
18-10-2015 19:10 #47
To be clear are we talking about a second lounge on top of a family rm or a family rm?
A house with lounge rm, family rm is pretty standard these days ( although not a " necessity" ) but another lounge rm, media rm on top of this is pretty over the top IMO.
18-10-2015 19:17 #48
Second lounge room - worth it?
I live in a 3 bedroom, 80sq meter flat. With two kids, two adults and a cat. It's fine. It's completely adequate. And we have plenty of neighbours in our block with teenagers. The majority of the rest of the world lives like this, we have just got so accustomed to our completely lavish lifestyles we don't realise how spoilt we are.
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