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Old 08-01-2008, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs
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"Great Room" is another name I hear on HGTV , but we don't use it here in MN except sometimes in new construction.
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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In my area, a closet is not a requirement for classification as a bedroom.
And nothing below gade, regardless of closet or window, can be classified as a bedroom in the bedroom count.

It's fasinating how different areas define stuff.
It most certainly is!

About the "nothing below grade can be counted as a bedroom" thing, does that mean that the house in the link I provided would show up as a 2-bedroom house only? If a couple was looking for a 4-bedroom house, would this one get skipped over altogether in your MLS?

Coastal Home Plans - Tranquility
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Frogs are not "family" rooms over the garage, they are "finished" rooms over the garage.
Doh! Correctomundo! Thanks for making the distinction.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Geez, I get on my own nerves! I erased my responses. Here we go again.

Thanks one and all for the responses! I made note of your location/region and wrote down the terminology used in your area. Points coming your way if I can ever get through writing this. I'm so slow.

GnosticCyn: That must have been quite an undertaking, building that database.

SilverFall: I kind of thought your area had basements. I think it's Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada that don't have basements, at all. Not sure about California or New Mexico.

Bibit612: I've seen "keeping rooms" also referred to as "Hearth rooms" in the vicinity of the kitchen. Maybe the person doing the cooking can sit there and read or watch a little TV, but not be too far away from the stove.

Lacerta: Bingo! There's that word "den." Okay. In your area, it's an office/library. Thanks.

SarahMaske: Yes, the architect on Hidden Potential is forever knocking down walls and combining the LR, DR, and kitchen and saying "Now, we have a great room." That would never work for me because I'm a big time messy cook, and I don't want my pots, pans, mixing bowls, soup cans, colanders, blenders, etc., visible as soon as you walk in the door.
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Escondido, CA
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Here in Southern California:

Family Room is a big room next to the kitchen where the family eats and watches TV. Oftentimes there's even no wall between the kitchen and the family room. Sometimes there's a separate Dining Room, but the Family Room is more likely to be next to the kitchen than the Dining Room.

Bonus Room / Rec Room / Den / Library / Study are almost synonymous. Homebuilders generally avoid calling a room "bedroom" unless there's a closet. However, that is not required by the code. Rec Room is typically on the ground floor, often next to the garage.

http://www.richmondamerican.com/ImageServer.aspx?ii=422021&Width=600&Height=600 (broken link)

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Old 11-18-2008, 04:42 AM
 
Location: Palm Coast, Fl
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Are basements common in your area? not at all
Family Room (informal) = a family room is a more defined area than a 'great room
Where is it located? first floor
Rec Room (informal) = we don't really have them...up north it would have been in the basement
Where is it located? _____________________.
Bonus Room (informal) = here this is a room above the garage although some will refer to an undefined room as a bonus roomWhere is it located? _____________________.
Library/Study (formal with paneling) = here it would be called den or study, generally den, unless it's a high-end home
I'm in Palm Coast Florida.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:55 PM
 
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Virgo- that lower level is not below grade if the plans read correctly. It looks like that is what used to be referred to as a 'daylight' basement. Which basically means below the main floor but not below grade (ie- the house slopes front to rear.)

In my area grade does not matter- to be a bedroom it needs an egress window and built in storage/closet. I live in an area with a huge amount of older homes and the simply bolt an armoir to the wall to meat the built in storage requirment.

I think all the fancy names are so people can charge more. No one took out jumbo mortgages for a house when it had the spare room, clutter room or den. But through on a bonus room, upgrade to great room and name every 8x8 cubby as office, study, sitting room and we'll all rack up the debt. Only slightly kidding.
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