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    Another one who doesnt like media rooms, but we dont watch much tv. I also dont like closed off or formal dining/living areas.

    We are looking at building and are considering a kids activity area coming off the bedrooms with a wide open doorway to the main open plan living sl its separate but not secluded. Anyone have an activity area? Is it well used or pointless?

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    What's a wet room?

    For me it's formal dining. We moved into a large house a couple of years ago and DH wanted to use the front room as a formal dining for some reason. I pointed out that it would be wasted space as we'd never use it. So it's an informal lounge, because he has a theatre room (with projector, screens and 2 rows of theatre seating) at the back of the house.
    I'd love a butlers pantry because I'm all for hiding everything away but it's probably not the most practical since it's extra cleaning, so I'd be happy with a walk in pantry.

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    We bought a house that was originally a 3 bedroom ex government house which had been "renovated". By renovated I mean they changed the lounge room into a bedroom and a bedroom into a lounge room. And to top it off, changed another bedroom into a dining room. Yep, it's own enclosed room. Was so ridiculous. We couldn't wait to renovate!!!!

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    formal dining room and formal lounge room/sitting room. nobody really uses these kinds of rooms these days. like you don't go to someone's house and expect to sit in the "formal lounge", it all just feels so old fashioned and redundant.

    theatre rooms are a novelty too, although i'd probably secretly quite like one

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    Butlers pantry for me is ridiculous. It's a kitchen- it's meant to be used. If someone is going to judge me for having food or dishes in my kitchen then they can go right ahead.
    My old house had a formal lounge just off the kitchen, which had its own informal living area. They were too close together. While we used both areas, often simultaneously (kids used informal while dh and I used formal) the conflicting noises were annoying. We have one living area now and I will admit I miss having a second area.

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    I love my butler's pantry. It's more like a pantry with an extra sink and bench though, not a full second kitchen (I don't get that, what is it for, the real kitchen and the show kitchen?). It's so useful for hiding away the dishes etc and also for noisy items like the thermomix.
    Here's a pic of it, mess and all!

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    I don't have a theatre room- I don't get having a room just for TV. I also hate the open entry into an ensuite nooo! When designing our house they tried to put the robe open to the bathroom -oh no.

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    Not so much a room but I don't get houses with massive front yards with no backyard.

    I'd rather a tiny front yard and big backyard.

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    Omg I LOVE my butlers pantry. I don't prep or cook in there, but what i adore about it is that all my dirty dishes go straight in there so there's virtually no mess in my kitchen most of the time, there is an abundance of storage space (who doesn't love lots of storage?!), I have nice clear benches because all my appliances are in the pantry and best of all, the dishwasher is in there so when I run it I just close the door and I have no dishwasher noises to annoy me while I'm watching telly (open plan house). I entertain a lot and it's great to just shove the mess away to deal with later, and we can continue socialising in the kitchen without being surrounded by dirty dishes or having to clean etc while guests are there. We use every room in our house, but definitely agree with PP who didn't like the various living areas all joining each other - when we looked at house designs we didn't get that at all.

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    I'm another that's not keen on walk in robes.

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    Default Spin Off: what room in a house is 'stupid'

    As others have said formal dining - it's not really on a lot of new plans these days as its a fairly useless space. home theatres/more than 2 living areas I think are a waste of space. I can't imagine using a third living room and we don't want our kids to watching telly/gaming locked away from the family in home theatres. JMO.

    WIR and WIP can be totally useless if they are designed poorly so we went with proper well designed built ins everywhere to maximize the space without maximizing the footprint of the home.

    Butlers pantries I think are a bit of a fad which will fade away in time. Some I've seen are horrible and others are well done so I'm a bit on the fence with it, but I don't like the idea of having extra space/sinks/ovens to clean - no thanks!

    Oh and ensuites with no doors wtf! We had to pay to get a door put on ours. Why oh why would anyone want toilets flushing/showers running/SO doing their business with no doors. Blows my mind!

    Our place we are building is really open plan but well sectioned so we can actually always see the other living room/kitchen/dining (and kids) without it being noisy or having to be in the room. Great design!


 

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