It is not controversial to point out that media and technology have changed the way we live. However, modern home builders know that does not mean households no longer spend time together. Multimedia rooms have replaced, or joined, rec rooms as the place where a family can relax, bond, and enjoy common interests.
The rec room of the past was often a converted basement or garage. This meant that the one room in the home where the family felt most relaxed was treated separately. Modern new home builders recognize that families wish to feel comfortable and enjoy their homes fully. Therefore, the multimedia room is often fairly central in modern homes, and built with relaxation in mind.
A multimedia room may initially seem easy to create, but modern new home builders put quite a bit of planning and forethought into these rooms. With the abundance of modern gadgets, a larger number of wall outlets, complete with USB ports, are optimal. Do you remember when television placement in a room was dictated by where the cable outlet had been placed? That is no longer a frustration. Also, while open floor plans are popular, creating a rectangular multimedia room with doors allows for the best acoustics and sound quality. Adjustable lighting is also key, because movie night requires different lighting than a video game tournament.
Ultimately, a multimedia room is meant to allow families to fully appreciate common interests. This means that comfort and functionality are essential. Fill multimedia rooms with lots of ottomans, floors with soft rugs, and comfy furniture. Every seat should feel like the most comfortable spot in the room. And the media should be equally customizable. Streaming media from various sources like Comcast On Demand, Netflix, Hulu, and MLB TV allows for a world of movie, television, and sports options in your home. While these services work on mobile devices as well, their functionality in the home allows all family members to enjoy a spontaneous movie night or marathon binge of a newly discovered television series, and cut down on laptop time. The ability to fully enjoy a spectrum of options makes the multimedia room a place in which the entire family can come together. With the proper planning and modern home builder, that family time can also be spent in a comfortable and well-designed room.
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George Hale is the owner of H. Hudson Homes. H. Hudson Homes specializes in building new modern homes in the Portland, Oregon and surrounding areas with an emphasis on cutting-edge design and sustainability.