There are very distinct clues that help you figure out which room is which? One main clue is the location of the room in the home.
The family room:
The family room is the place to hang out with friends and family, and watch TV or play games. Generally, family rooms are located right next to the kitchen. Many times, the family room just seems like an extension of the kitchen with a door leading to the patio or backyard.
This room is very similar to the family room with one major exception; it’s designed for more formal occasions. The living room is usually located near the front of the house and often functions as a parlor or sitting room.
A great room basically takes your family room, living room and maybe a study and combines them into one “great” room. While the family room is located near the kitchen and the living room near the front of the house, the great room is centrally located in the home. It usually has extremely high ceilings and maybe a window or two.
When viewing a home, look for the room clues when you walk around the home. Check out the location of each room, and think about where these three rooms are usually located. If you keep these descriptions in mind, you’ll never confuse a family room with a living room or a great room again!
Soon I will be staging a home that has a separate living room and family room. Stay tuned!