Post # 1
We are thinking of putting in an offer on a late 1980s home with a giant great room. I love it, but I am kind of at a loss as to what to do with it. Here are some photos:
Yeah, yeah, I know my heating and cooling bills will probably be an arm and a leg, but we can swing it. I am more worried about what, if anything, can be done with this space. I’m used to being in a tiny apartment, but with potentially starting a family soon, we will need the space.
Post # 2
WOW! That’s gorgeous! I would put your dining area in that little alcove in the second picture, put a little entranceway would a closet and maybe a bench by the door in the first picture (assuming that would be your main entranceway), then get a nice big L-shaped couch, some cushy chairs and a big area rug centred towards the fireplace, above which I would mount the TV, if you plan on putting one in there. You could even put up flagstone veneer on the wall above the fireplace and take it all the way to the ceiling. Lots of potential!
ETA: I would def take down the curved wall around the staircase. Put up a nice railing instead.
Post # 3
EffieTrinket: What functions would you want the room to fill? Is there a formal living and dining room in addition to this room or will this be the only eating and lounging area?
What’s behind the curved wall? What is the room with the pass through? (behind the curved wall).
If you make the room into separate areas according to function, it will work well for you.
Post # 4
Bowling alley. Just sayin’.
Post # 5
omg. think of the sleepovers. LOVE!
Post # 6
EffieTrinket: Girl, you should turn this into a dance club loll
But yeah, in all honesty, place a few essential furniture first (like a rig in the middle, couches and coffee table) and see how the space fills up first. Then you can start seeing potential and how you want the space to be. You’ll be surprise what you can invision once you have something as an anchor.
Post # 7
babeba: LOL! I have already considered how much fun it would be to rollerskate in it!
julies1949: That room will be living area/dining area/possibly library? Behind the curved wall is a staircase. I think it looks dated and will probably change it to something different (possibly? When there’s money?)
Post # 8
In all seriousness, you could have a heck of a lot of fun with this space but gosh darn, it’s intimidating to start. What do you and your FI like doing? In other words, what would you like space for? Is part of this going to end up as a craft area? A home gym? Belle’s giant library, with a super awesome rolling ladder along one wall? Is a TV going in anywhere? A pool table?
Is that a front door? Where will you put shoes, coats, gloves, etc? Do you want to ‘make’ a little hallway by having a nice little bench to put your shoes on and off with?
You probably have two or three rooms’ worth of space in here and if you are uncareful, you will probably end up with an awkwardly large multipurpose space.
I know that curved wall bit is a tad dated, but if you’re looking at starting a family I would be tempted to leave it for now until your kids are old enough that they aren’t going to be FREAKED at going up and down stairs with a bannister railing. I know I would have been freaked until I was about eight or nine, then the possibilities of having that curved (landing?) part as a princess turret would have totally appealed to me. On the bright side, leaving it for a decade (although it’s hideous) would give you plenty of time to decide what you wanted to do with it!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
EffieTrinket: Virtual room designers like on Lowe’s and Pottery Barn and other websites might help a lot. Before we bought our house, I totally nerded out and made it on the Sims 3 and decorated it. It was actually pretty spot on!
For this room, I’m envisioning the fireplace as the focal point. Flank it on either side with some nice arm chairs with a sofa facing the fireplace and a nice big coffee table or ottoman in the middle w/ area rug. You don’t want to close off the space from the rest of the house though, so open it up by putting a table behind the back of your sofa with maybe some plants and a small table lamp. You could arrange another seating area or a bar area between that and what looks like the dining room.
Post # 10
EffieTrinket: Just commenting to say how amazingly gorgeous that space is. I love the floors and the tall ceiling.
Post # 11
it looks like dining room/living room combo to me.
there are endless things you can do depending for formal or casual you want it.
but to update the look, i would change the light fixtures.
when i moved into my house, all the fixtures and hardware on doors were brass. i immediately changed them all to brushed nickel and got new light fixtures and fans. it made a world of difference. then i painted and recarpeted, and put hardwood on the main floor.