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Family Rooms and Activity Areas.

The new family room Call it what you will: family or great room, family kitchen, den, or entertainment area. All are places where we tend to gather, especially in the casual West. Planning and building these attractive, often multipurpose rooms is the subject of a new Sunset book, Family Rooms & Activity Areas (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif., 1988; $6.95).

The 96-page book uses more than 50 architect- or designer-created examples. Color photographs illustrate both traditional and contemporary designs for family rooms, dens, libraries, and areas for media, fitness, and entertainment. Links between these rooms and the kitchen are also explored. Many examples include floor plans to help you understand room layout and to make it easier for you to plan your own activity area.

The book also includes illustrated sections on important planning details, such as storage space and lighting for rooms with books, fireplace design and placement, location of audio and video equipment, and wet-bar installation. One section deals with the nitty-gritty of redefining existing space--such as an attic, basement, or garage--for a new role.

Explanations of basic house structure and check lists on how to proceed with additions and remodels should be helpful in thinking out what it would take to build your new family room.
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Date:Jul 1, 1988
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