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The 'Wow' Factor

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

Fairfax Media asked us for comments on the rise of Media Rooms and what the future trends in housing are likely to be.

Walk through any housing display village and it's obvious that a media room is the 'must have' in every modern dwelling.

But is this just another fad?

Architect Craig Taylor said new trends were already emerging in masterplanned estates.

"In the 1970’s, the ‘wow’ factor in houses was created by the introduction of wet bars and saunas." he said.

"In the 80’s and 90’s we saw mirrored walls, lots of oak furniture, as well as black and gold colour schemes. In the 2000’s we saw the advent of home theatres and other single purpose rooms. "Recently, we have seen media rooms replacing dedicated home theatres.

"Today’s spaces serve more than one purpose and can be used by multiple people doing a variety of different tasks at the one time."

Mr Taylor said dedicated living and dining rooms, as well as the dedicated home theatre room, are being replaced by larger multipurpose family areas.

"A Media room is more of a social experience than the dedicated home theatre was and they are very much today’s version of a family room.

"The whole family is welcome, whether they are gaming or knitting.

"However in 2014, the wow factor of a media room is lessening, as more people have one.

"The ‘wow’ factors which are now becoming more prevalent are man caves, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor kitchens, as well as outdoor bathrooms and showers."

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