MANY of us who have grown up in Australia will remember the rumpus room – a playroom in the family home for kids that often featured a TV, pool table, bean bags and toys.
A foosball table was an enviable rumpus room attraction. And, although the rumpus room still exists today, recreational spaces in the family home have evolved, catering for every family member, not just the kids!
Metricon’s Gippsland Regional Manager, Jeff Telford, says: “Our definition of ‘play’ has shifted to include gaming, surfing the net, browsing social media, streaming, cooking and entertaining. It’s not uncommon for homes to feature multiple recreational spaces to support all of these varied activities,”
Telford adds: “In regional areas, it’s common for families to build a home with two distinct living spaces – one for parents, and a hang-out space for kids. Studies, theatre rooms and outdoor rooms are also popular if land size permits. And, of course, a double garage, AKA man-cave, is a must-have for many”, Telford says.
When building a new home and deciding what recreational space your family is going to need, Telford suggests families think beyond the here and now.
“You might have a room set up as a playroom while your kids are little but be able to easily convert it to a study or another bedroom once they get older. Similarly, a twenty-something’s bedroom might transform into a lovely sewing room for a parent who is soon to be an empty-nester.” According to Telford, a flexible floor plan is key to maximising recreation spaces in the family home.
“The rumpus room is here to stay, but there are so many other spaces in the home that can be set up to maximise recreation activities,” Telford concludes.
Metricon’s must-haves when planning your rumpus room and recreational areas: Comfort – Whether it’s a comfy sofa, ergonomic chair or desk at the right height, comfort should never be overlooked Lots of power points – Kids and adults alike need these for technology, gaming consoles and other devices.
Being fully charged is a must! Plenty of storage – consider incorporating built-in storage or purchasing cabinetry to hide unsightly clutter when games and hobbies are not underway Noise and privacy – Do your recreation areas need doors?
How important is keeping noise levels down in the home? Most families don’t want to hear competing TVs.
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