Boy how things have changed. With the trend towards downsizing and the desire for gathering rooms, requests for eliminating traditional living rooms, dining rooms and dens are the norm. The rooms have become great rooms, media rooms and the man cave.
In Maine, the breezeway is called the “mud room”. It’s the room where shoes and boots are kept, back packs are thrown and the sports equipment is left until the next practice. Our custom homes feature cubbies, lockers, shelves and lots of hooks for hanging anything from jackets to soccer cleats.
The den is being replaced by the great room. The great room is typically situated between the kitchen and the main part of the home. It’s where everyone wants to hang out. Custom shelving houses the flat screen tv, Wii and game consoles. The cabinets hide games, videos, DVD’s and the DVR.
In New England, the great room wouldn’t be great without a fireplace, cozy furniture, family mementos and lots of windows. It doesn’t necessarily need to be large in size, just as long as everyone has a place to sit (and that includes Molly the dog).
Today’s kitchen feature high-end appliances, custom cabinetry and eat-in options that replace the formal, unused dining rooms of the past. It’s common to have a work station for the family computer, cell phone charging area and the family calendar.
The fun part about being a custom home builder is that every home we build is unique. Our customer’s requests are what make a house a home.