Great rooms are large, centrally located room that has multiple functions such as those of living room, dining room and possibly kitchen.
The popularity of family-style entertaining has made formal living rooms almost obsolete and has given rise to the great rooms. Often showcase room; it might feature high ceilings and fireplace. It is typical in suburban houses, although open, multifunction rooms also are popular in many other settings. There are some disadvantages of great room, such as difficulty heating, decorating and cleaning it, and these make it less popular for some people.
Traditional houses contain family room, living room and kitchen, but modern houses might contain great rooms at the heart of the house.
This combination room is used for entertaining and either replaces the family room and living room or replaces the family room, living room and kitchen. Typically, great room has the same square footage as two or three regular-size rooms and is organized into separate zones for dining, entertainment and cooking. Most great rooms contain dining table, couch and television, and it will have a kitchen island if cooking area also is part of the room.
Cultural changes have affected room usage and given rise to the great rooms. As space-hogging televisions, video games and computers have become the primary source of at-home entertainment, many homeowners have needed more space for all of their media. The open-space layout of great rooms address all three problems, allowing floor plans that have better flow, less wasted space and better contact with friends and family members while meals are prepared.
A great room typically showcases many architectural features, such as vaulted ceiling, which might have exposed beams or might extend two stories high. It usually is centrally located room and has many large windows that let in lots of natural light. Great rooms often boast fireplace, even in warmer climates.