custom interior game room design

The Great Room Trend

As A sign of the times, custom homes being built today are going without the traditional game room. -San Antonio Express News, Sunday December 18th, 2011


I have been thinking about this a lot lately and my clients are increasingly opting for alternate uses for the room that used to house the pool table and bar.  These changes can be attributed to different things, peoples tastes changing, a sign of the economic times, or a baby boomer generation growing older.

Going without a game room is not necessarily a sign that people are entertaining less, but more of an indicator that custom home-buyers are making more practical decisions about what they want their living space to contain.  Furthermore, whether it is a family with fewer children or retired folks who’s children are grown and gone, we are seeing more and more that the ideal floor plan tends to leave out the game room concept entirely.

Some of our clients at Diamante Custom Homes are basically saying that they do not want or have much use for the media or playroom.  They still want however, the space and even the square footage, even if it is not for the traditional game room layout.  Instead some clients are opting for the full blown home theater room, additional home office area, bigger master area, or an exercise/fitness room that houses aerobic equipment.

Whats more is today’s professionals are working longer hours, or do not have children so they do not need the extra space.  Instead they are opting for the custom home with the same high end amenities and energy efficiency, just in a more scaled down 3000-4000 square foot home.  If you have questions or would like to talk to us about how this new trend or other unique floor plans might work for you give us a call 210-341-6430.  Do you have a challenging lot you need an opinion or floor plan ideas on simply click here and tell us about it.