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franschiavo

We're building a home with a great room. Most of the kitchen clutter will be in a walk-in pantry (larger than the kitchen itself) with counter space for small appliances and the coffee station. Separated from the kitchen by an oversized barn door, it is part of the work space when needed, and closed off when not in use.

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ellie59

when I remodeled my first floor, I had to decide on the function of each room and how to deal with 2 children when I wanted quiet spaces. My kitchen is in the center of the house. I am retired and am planning to age in place. So, I ripped out all windows in the back of the house and installed sliding glass doors all across the rear facing the back yard and ponds. For MY quiet spaces, on one side of the house, I repurposed the living room into a music room (including a small grand piano); and the dining room into a library (books, lounge chair, window seat and sofa). These two rooms are open to each other.

On the other side of the house, there is the kitchen, breakfast room, laundry, and family room. On this side, the kids play board games, have their own reading nook and computer area, have a television, warm up in front of the fireplace, run through the kitchen for water, juice, and snacks and do their own laundry. Keeps the house a lot less messy and me less likely to fuss at them or tell them to be quiet.

When we have guests, kids are always in the family room area and adults are always in the music and library. Food is always self serve and laid out on the counters in the kitchen. So adults take their plates into the music/library areas for conversation and the kids go back to the family room or breakfast area to eat and play.

Works great for both adults and kids. We all have access to the back decks when we want.

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ellie59

Oh, forgot the importance of bathroom placement. Our guest lavatory is off the center hall. So both adults and kids have access without interrupting each other.

   
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