There’s no shortage of info on designing the perfect kitchen or bath, but how about more tips on creating special spaces to play? After all, home theaters, wine tasting rooms and other customized areas are taking the log home design world by storm.
“Americans are more likely than ever to adjust their homes to match their personalized way of life,” explains Allen Halcomb, president of MossCreek
, a design firm in Knoxville, Tennessee. “We design homes around personality and lifestyle, and this reflection of individuality has never been as prominent as it is today.”
It’s undeniable: Today’s homeowners are more confident about what they want. “Many have sold their first homes and are now able to include some of the amenities or extra square footage dedicated for hobbies that previously they were not able to afford,” explains Mark Feder, vice president of sales for West Virginia-based Appalachian Log Structures.
Whether you seek a tranquil retreat to enjoy sipping your favorite Cabernet or a fun-filled game room
to entertain friends, carving out a specialty space may be easier than you think. Here’s a rundown of what’s trending now.
1. At-Home Silver Screen
Let’s start with the obvious: It’s no secret that people crave high-end entertainment options in the comfort of their own homes. Hectic schedules have piqued interest in elaborate home theaters, where homeowners can simply walk down the hall to catch the latest Hollywood flick. These media rooms are one of the more familiar specialty spaces and are best located in a basement or other windowless room.
Why You Want It: Think family movie nights, big-screen sports fests, kids’ sleepovers and tons of bonding.
What to Include: A big-screen/projector TV, theater seating with cup holders, adjustable lighting, surround sound, space to serve refreshments and loads of ambiance.
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