Last week, we discussed the etymology and evolution of a few less-common rooms that may be found in the log home. However, the general trend in the housing market is towards slightly smaller homes. This reduction in size means that for most homeowners, rooms need to be more functional and be utilized more often to make sense in the modern home. One way to accommodate this trend is through multi-function rooms that take on the roles previously served by multiple rooms. Here are a few examples of combination rooms that pull double (or more!) duty.
The “Super Pantry”
For decades, the pantry was not a very common feature in homes. With the rise of the open-concept kitchen, however, the pantry is making quite the comeback. No longer just a place to store food, however, the pantry is also being upgraded to house dishwashers and sinks for food prep. With this plumbing in place, it was a logical choice to bring the laundry room into the pantry. The laundry functions can use the same sink and counters, saving space, while keeping everything conveniently located near the kitchen.
The super pantry concept may go even further, often integrating the mudroom into the pantry space as well. Some super pantries also have a desk for sorting mail and reading recipes, making the pantry a very functional room indeed.
Working from home is an increasing popular option; furthermore, about a third of people now work freelance or are self-employed for some of their income. While this can make a home office a necessity, oftentimes it is not necessary for a whole room to be dedicated to the task. When pairing another room with the office, make sure that it is a quiet use that will not distract you from work. Libraries are a great choice and a sitting or reading room can also compliment the office well.
The Great Room
In its original conception, the great room was intended as a multi-function room. Most commonly, the great room combines the functions of living and family rooms. Frequently, the dining space is also housed in the great room. In some houses, the room will have bookshelves and take on the role of a library or study as well; a grand piano can also bring the music room into the great room. In contrast to the office, make sure that any functions you bring into the great room can tolerate the room’s public and often noisy nature.
We hope this look at multi-function rooms has shown you how to get the maximum use out of all the rooms in your home. If you’re looking to design a new log home, with rooms either single-minded or with many uses, please contact Real Log Homes today.