I was sitting in my family/great room last night thinking, again, about how worthless I found the room. IMO, its a really poor design in every aspect one can imagine. Description:
Rectanglue box shape measuing 16' x 18'. Along the long axis of the room is a dividing ceiling-aspect in which on one side its flat at 18', and the other its about 13' minimum and traverses up a 45Ã‚Âº roof pitch to meet the flat section at 18'.
One corner that adjoins a long and short wall is clipped by a 45Ã‚Âº disgonal that's about 4' long. Of these two adjoining walls, the long wall has 4' space dedicated to returns, and the short wall has a +10' opening into the nook/kitchen.
The other long wall has two sets of double-windows pushing to the very edge near the adjoining corner (b!tch to hang drapes) with a drop-in token fireplace. The HVAC registers are directly beneath the windows.
This leaves one of four walls with no windows, doors, or HVAC registers or returns, but one corner is a loss due to the adjoining wall's HVAC and window.
Acousticly, the room is a mess because of the volume and shape of the room. The long wall with the windows/fireplace faces the southwest and get's a ton of sunlight. Summertime TV-watching is impossible even with dark purple drapes on the windows. Way too bright.
Because of the locations for the HVAC registers/returns, trying to place furniture to not block forced-air flow is difficult. I wanted a high-elevation great room and got it. Only problem is that aside everything else was bad. How would you save this room?