Sunday, April 24, 2011

Great Rooms - The Geography We Call Home

The term "Great Room" has worked its way into everyday real estate chatter and has had a significant impact on Chilliwack* residential design. The "Great Room", in a sense, is a hybrid of function calling on design from the Medieval Halls of ancient times to the family rooms of the 1950s.  They are places where the private lives of the house meet and engage the public. Owners love them but the question a purchaser has to ask themselves is "Is this layout design the right one for my family"?  .

The rationale of the Great Room is to enlarge the "living" area of the house by avoiding duplication in other parts.  For instance gone is the separate and infrequently used dining room.  Also, often missing is the formal living room.  Instead, a Great Room - part kitchen, part dining and living room combines these spaces creating a wonderful flexibility in the home.  For this reason Great Rooms are gaining in popularity in new residential designs.  For an example of flexibility, in a Great Room design, even the largest holiday feast can be accommodated comfortably.

Above, we see the 800 square foot "Great Room" of Todd and Sylvia Richard, a house located in Harrison Hot Springs. B.C.  Todd Richard, T/R, is a rising country artist with a new CD soon to be released so it is little surprise to see a room that reflects his connection to music and the outdoors.  A wood decked vaulted ceiling turns this room into a cathedral where voice and guitar can mix their magic.  A massive river rock fireplace casts a warm glow and serves as the room's focal point, hearth and home, a half moon window illuminating the scene from above.  These rooms can be easily themed to echo the owners interests it is not difficult to imagine this same room full of antiques, modern furniture or featuring a stately grand piano.

To one side of the room the kitchen and dining area are positioned, once again, B.C. finest product "wood" is prominently used adding warmth and beauty.  Saddle up to the kitchen eating bar and share a glass of wine, tell a joke or two, then, move across the room to a more comfortable seating area. The environment of the Great Room encouraging and enhancing many ways people can meet, mingle and talk.

When shopping for a home Buyers should consider whether they need a more formal arrangement of rooms or are looking for an expansive Great Room experience.  At times that is determined by your furniture, perhaps you have a formal dining room set that you can not part with, or, you simply are looking for a little more separation of function, then, a more conventional layout will be better.  If however, you are looking for a large space to host family and friends a Great Room is a wise choice for the geography we call home.

At the time of writing the above property 241 Balsam Ave. Harrison Hot Springs, B.C. is available for sale through Stephen Mullock at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty if you would like more details please contact me.

Stephen Mullock RI is an award winning full-time real estate agent with 30 years of experience and hundreds of sales. Thinking of buying or selling real estate in the Fraser Cheam communities of Chilliwack, Agassiz or Harrison Hot Springs? Contact Steve (click here) for experience, local knowledge and friendly service you’ll be happy you did.

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