Oh, oh, oh those summer blues. Are you feeling the summer blues? Are you starting to face the fact that winter is fast approaching? The golfing, boating, and swimming days are almost gone and you are going to be spending a lot more time inside.
Come on, it’s not that bad. Just think about what you can do… This is the perfect opportunity to invest in remodeling or upgrading your Entertainment/Family/Game Room. Let’s think logically. Even though it may take some money initially, it will increase the value of your home and most importantly – you will be spending quality time with your family and friends. Make Your Home the “PLACE TO PLAY” where FUN AND GOOD TIMES set the stage for neighborhood gatherings and family and friend Events. Truth of it is – Staying home is much more fun if you have the right Toys. Talk about having leverage with your kids… “Homework and chores must be done first”, will have a whole new meaning! Imagine having an area in your home where you could play Billiards, Darts, Cards, Poker, Air Hockey, Foosball, or Table Tennis. For Brain-Teasers, thrill them with Chess, Backgammon, and more. Start with your Favorite Game and add as you wish. Have your friends bring the Pizza and Beverages and Let the Games Begin. Friendly, easy-going play or serious competitive play – it’s your decision.
I would like to expand on the investment of this scenario just a bit. Per Re/Max Realty, it is an excellent idea to add a game room to your house. If you have space that serves as a black hole of unused items…like your basement, this would be a perfect room to set up as a game room. Remodeled basements make excellent game rooms, adding value to your home without adding space. The ideal game room of today has space for a billiard or ping-pong table, darts, foosball or air hockey, HDTV on the wall, and perhaps a Texas Hold’em table. Of course it’s all about preference.
In an effort to meet today’s expanding leisure needs, many homeowners are adding or converting an existing space into a specialized game room. Find out for yourself what’s hot – go check out the local Model Homes and you’ll find a “bonus” or game room filled with home recreation items. Even resale properties tempt buyers with info on the extra room where you can enjoy all types of entertainment without ever leaving home. The Vice President of FBN Construction Company says it all has to do with cocooning. He says his customers demand custom space for game rooms that will include a billiard table, darts, games table, poker table, an in-home theater and often gym equipment. Parents know that family time is too valuable and they feel that the game room offers a great space where you can invite your friends over, have fun and spend time with family!
While it is great that the game room assures quality friend and family time, you still have to consider how such a financial investment will work for you. With home values inching their way up, people feel it is a better investment to invest their money in their homes rather than in the stock market. If you invest $5,000 or $150,000 in a specialty space, your house will be worth more and also appreciate more over the years than the stock market. Low mortgage interest rates have fueled the “invest-where-you-live” concept. Considering this, many homeowners have refinanced and put the extra cash back into the idea of spending more time “staying at home, playing at home, keeping family and friends close.”
On interviewing Ken, a home-owner and family man from Germantown Ohio, he says, “I would rather spend my money on a game room and home entertainment than drive to dinner and a movie. As I have three teenagers, dinner and a movie takes a chunk of money, besides it is more convenient to be able to pause the movie to talk, take a break, get some popcorn… you know what I mean. I want to make sure this special room meets with our day-to-day lifestyle, as well as increasing the value of my home.”
Games for today’s home recreation rooms have evolved into a sort of “Las Vegas” style type of entertainment. Of course, there is billiards and darts, but now there are arcade type games. Just as an example, let’s look at the new air hockey. This simple game has evolved to having an announcer, lights that flash, overhead scoring, and the ability to adjust the skill level. Such changes have made these games very interactive. Oh yes, let’s don’t forget Poker or Texas Hold’em. The last two years have witnessed a poker explosion.
Go ahead, think about it, take the steps to make your Game Room a reality.