Home Renovation – The Idea
So the kitchen was fixed, but a trade-off of the ranch design in general is the lack of isolation. While it is convenient to get from one end of the house to the other, easy to clean, easy to do laundry; it is also tough to “get away” if you want to. Since the kitchen has become that focal point, it also becomes very noisy. (water running, music on, chatting on the phone, etc) The bonus room is a great get away, but it also serves best as a guest bedroom and home office – that works and I don’t want to change that.
The family and living room are basically in line with the hallway to the bedrooms and kitchen and sound carries down the other way as well, to the sleeping children or competing conversations. We also can’t seem to find an arrangement of either of these rooms that hosts guests well, with enough seating, and yet is cozy for just a small family for the better part of the time. And none of these rooms seem to have the ambiance that makes you just want to be in there. The TV by the fire is coziest we have, but it requires making a fire and TV viewing is only good for 2 or 3 people. Also, storage is lacking and speaker placement for home theater sound is less than ideal.
The home theater is important to me. Why? Well, basically, there is no way for a movie theater to compete with a nice home theater. You get to pause the movie, drink an alcoholic beverage, get as cozy as you like and pay a fraction of the cost. You can also play video games, board games, card games… whatever.
So what we really wanted was a great room that was off on its own and by our design…. and, we already had something to give us a head start… (to be continued)