Although the idea of a great room has been around for many years, the design and definition have both evolved.
Although the idea of a great room has been around for many years, the design and definition have both evolved. Years ago when we saw the emergence of one large living space that combined the formal living room (parlor) and family room, this great room typically featured soaring ceilings, massive fireplaces, and, quite often, no open connections to the kitchen.
DesignerLarry W. Garnett, FAIBD254.firstname.lastname@example.orgPlan SizeTotal living area: 2,239 sq. ft.Width (house): 52’6”Depth (house): 52’
The Friends and Family Zone
ArchitectDonald F. Evans, AIA407.email@example.com
The Del Rosa
ArchitectRick Garza, Principal ArchitectRPGA Design Group, Inc.817.332.9477 ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPlan Size2,818 sq. ft. first floor A/C892 sq. ft. second floor A/C3,710 sq. ft. total A/C718 sq. ft. porches
The concept of a great room as a big open room which contains the kitchen, breakfast, and family area has existed for more than 30 years. Recently, we’ve found that some of our clients are looking for design which is a little different and updated. Organizing the great room with added definition of space is becoming a more desirable design option for some of today’s home buyers. The typical great room has been the family room, the kitchen, and dining all thrown together in one space. This scheme works well for families with children, but not everyone is in this stage of their life. Del Rosa has been planned with the idea of an open concept in mind, but with the execution of more defined spaces. Large arched openings with tall ceilings from the entry straight through to the back porch give this plan the feeling of an open concept from the moment you step through the front door. The great room is open to the dining room via a gallery, while the kitchen is equipped with an eat-in breakfast area for a more intimate setting. All these spaces are located within steps of one another but are closed off enough for the plan to feel more defined.
Great Room Plan
ArchitectRichard C. Handlen, AIA, LEED APSenior Vice President / PrincipalEDI International, Inc.415.362.2880Richard.Handlen@EDI-International.comFootprint56’ x 65’2,760 sq. ft.
The rear porch or covered patio extends the great room into the yard with all the bells and whistles—cooking, dining, and entertainment center.
The front of the house offers options that some buyers cannot give up, such as formal dining and living rooms, or, for the more informal families, a home office and an additional private bedroom.
ArchitectTodd Hallett, AIA, CAPSTK Design and Architecturewww.tkhomedesign.com248.446.1960