A great room house plan offers what you might expect -- a great room! Homeowners with children typically enjoy great rooms as they offer space for kids and parents to come together and enjoy each other's company. Homeowners who frequently entertain guests may also appreciate a nice great room, as it's the perfect space for friends and colleagues to mingle. Note: many modern house plans feature an open sight line from the kitchen to the great room, otherwise known as an "open floor plan"--an awesome touch that allows the chef of the house to interact with whatever fun is occurring in the main living area.
What kinds of activities occur in the great room of a house? Generally speaking, the great room is the home of the big, flat screen TV, or some kind of entertainment center. Warm, cozy fireplaces also tend to make an appearance in great rooms, as do built-in shelves for decorative storage. Extra cool great rooms may also feature seamless indoor outdoor flow. For example, if the great room sits right next to the rear porch, patio, or terrace-- large windows, a wall of glass doors, or multiple sets of French doors could be utilized to bring sunlight, breath-taking views and fresh air into the indoor living space. For an especially chic look, select a house plan with a great room that features vaulted, tray, or beamed ceilings.