Almost all new house plans are being designed with an open floor plan, which combines the cooking, dining and living areas to create an efficient gathering place. At the heart of many of these designs is the great room. It is the place where the family gathers to play board games, watch television, entertain friends or simply enjoy time together in front of a roaring fire.
The great room should be a comfortable space to spend time. It is not typically a formal room, so the decor is often casual and inviting. The focal point in most great room layouts is a fireplace or entertainment center. Our recent issue of Home Ideas features to inspiring articles to help you design a gorgeous great room and choose the right fireplace to match your lifestyle, budge and decor. You’ll also find our editor’s favorite house plans featuring amazing great rooms, which range from rustic to contemporary.