“Upstairs Den?” “Family Room #2?” “Upper Level Lounge?”
First, laundries migrated from dark, dingy basements to the upper level.
Now, the home’s living spaces are following them upstairs.
Versatile, Multi-Function Space (and Light!)
Specifically, many new construction homes in the Twin Cities now feature an upstairs sitting area — typically near the top of the stairs — that can be variously used as kids’ hangout area; a second Amusement Room (complete with flat panel TV); or even as a second home office (though the space is typically not very private).
The other advantage of an upstairs living area: aesthetically, an open/light area is more appealing than a long hallway.