Is the games room making a comeback? It seems the answer is yes, but not as we remember it. Far more multi-purpose than its bar-and-billiards predecessor, the modern games room is a hybrid of an entertaining space and an activity area. It’s a room that can change as the household’s needs change, especially given that today’s smaller block sizes are demanding greater versatility in home design. It may be the arena for kids’ video-game battles one day, morphing into a hobby studio for the grown-ups later down the track.
Plunkett Homes has three different styles of games room on display.
The entertainer: In the two-storey Amherst in Banjup, there is a large versatile games room adjoining the home theatre on the first floor. The designers have created a huge games and entertaining area that’s particularly perfect for families with teenagers or older offspring living at home. With the minor bedrooms also upstairs – but the master suite downstairs – the entire upper floor becomes an independent zone for the younger members of the family. Bring the balcony into play, especially if there are views to enjoy, and the games room becomes an adult retreat that could be kitted out with a kitchenette and bar fridge.
The activity zone: In the single-storey Modena in Woodvale, the games room flows directly off the everyday living area and can also be connected directly to the alfresco. Ideal for young families, the layout creates a fantastic kids’ activity room that is part of the main living area rather than being contained within the minor bedroom wing. The littlies feel as if they have their own space, but it’s still easy for parents to an eye on them from the kitchen or the family room. Designed for a 17m-wide block, the Modena also has a separate home theatre.
Best of both worlds: In the Southampton, a classic country-style display home in Southern River, the games room has effectively become a second sitting room. It has been partly separated from the main living and dining area by a full-height tiled feature wall with a dual-sided fireplace. Adding French doors either side of the fireplace would enclose the room, adding extra versatility and allowing it to become either a more formal lounge, a studio or a kids’ play space. The Southampton’s homestead-inspired design also includes a separate home theatre and a study.