Larry W. Garnett, FAIBD
Total living area: 2,239 sq. ft.
Width (house): 52’6”
Depth (house): 52’
This 2,240-square-foot home illustrates the concept of incorporating the family room, dining area, and kitchen into a large great room. Although the areas are open to one another, each is well-defined by the use of a fireplace and 10-inch thick walls at the kitchen “alcove.” Careful consideration for room sizes, furniture placement, and traffic flow resulted in a first floor with less than 1,600 square feet.
• The actual size of the great room is determined by the ability to arrange furniture, with the focal points becoming the fireplace and the television.
• The media center doesn’t require nearly as much space these days due to flat screen technology and audio/video components getting smaller and smaller.
• The fireplace still seems to be the focal point of the room, although in reality the television takes precedence in most homes. As an option, the flat screen TV can be placed above the fireplace.
• Of course, the kitchen becomes an integral part of the great room concept. While essentially “open” to both the sitting area and dining space, it’s not visible from the front entry. A framed opening with 10-inch thick walls provides an alcove separating the kitchen from the sitting area. Note the two stools for casual dining.
• The single dining area plays another key role in the great room concept. Here, the brick exposed on all sides of the fireplace provides a slight definition between the sitting and dining area.
• Although not actually part of the great room, this workspace provides the homeowner with a convenient desk and computer area.
• The spacious rear porch becomes an important extension of the indoor living space.