Winter is coming... so it’s time to get a games room
THE summer is well and truly over and the kids are having to play indoors more
THE summer is well and truly over and the kids are having to play indoors more often. So what do you do when they’re driving you up the wall for lack of things to do? Create a games room, of course. What’s more, it doubles as a great entertaining space when your own friends come to play, finds LUCY BOON
ACCORDING to new research by Sony, the family/games room is a key feature for house buyers, particularly in London.
The research was commissioned to celebrate the launch of Sony’s PlayStation Now, earlier this summer, whereby PS3 titles are streamed over the internet (a bit like Netflix for computer games).
The results of the research showed that while certain things are more popular on the desirability scale, such as garden (74 per cent), en suite bathroom (74 per cent) or a guest bedroom (71 per cent), having a separate room to “play” in — be that computers, music, snooker, darts, reading, home cinema — is now desired by four in 10 of us.
What’s more, when asked what they would most want to use an additional spare room for, more UK adults opted for a games room than a walk-in wardrobe (11 per cent versus nine per cent).
Overall, nearly a third (30 per cent) of those polled said they would consider paying more for a house or flat with a room set aside for enjoying video games, and on average they’d be prepared to pay an extra 3.2 per cent for the privilege.
Londoners were found to be the most likely to consider paying more, with 41 per cent of residents surveyed by Sony saying that they would consider it.
Tim Peers from local agency Peers & Hilton said: “When letting flats or houses, potential renters/owners consider ‘What stands this property apart?’ Having an extra space designed for fun and games is hugely attractive.”
Standard Property took a look at a few local properties (albeit the more pricey ones) that have a room dedicated to play for all ages.
Offers in excess of £1,050,000
THIS four-bedroom detached number on our town’s popular St Andrew’s Road is a great detached family choice offering four bedrooms, three bathrooms and four reception rooms. There’s also a garage, large garden and planning permission to extend substantially.
Guide price: £1,100,000
Agent: Hamptons International
THIS is a pretty special option near the idyllic hamlet of Frieth in the Hambleden Valley. Currently a four-bedroom, three reception room bungalow with a games room that’s sure to keep your younger ones happy during the colder months, planning permission has been granted to build a whole other house, should you wish to. This amazing CGI version (pictured) offers 4,300 sq ft of lateral living space, including a new first floor of three bedrooms, all with a view of the valley, and two bathrooms.
An additional further two bedrooms will be on separate levels, one of which will have an en suite.
As an extra bonus, there is also planning permission in place to “upgrade” your games room with a subterranean cinema/games room with views of the swimming pool.
Guide price: £1,125,000
Agent: Sara Batting
“WITH a fantastic games room, ideal for hobbies, parties and family sleepovers, this unique house near Calcot Park is ideal for large families,” says Sara Batting of the Reading agency of the same name. With flexible living space over three floors, all in all approaching 4,000 sq ft, this five bedroom, five bathroom, three reception room house comes with a family/studio/guest suite.
There’s also a garage, a gated driveway and a large garden.
A bonus is the fact that it’s positioned in a no-through road which is quiet and tucked away.
Guide price: £1,150,000
Agents: Romans/Knight Frank
ANYONE for piano? This characterful Victorian semi, on well-known St Mark’s Road, gives you a great central Henley position — walkable to schools, the train station and shops — and has a lot of potential as a possible dream home.
With five bedrooms, one bathroom, two reception rooms, a study, store and more, all over three floors, and with a decent-sized and secluded garden, this would have it all, if only there was off-street parking. Which you could easily arrange — just see what the neighbours have done...
Guide price: £1,350,000
Agent: Hamptons International
A VICTORIAN semi in the same vein as the property above, and also in St Mark’s Road, it may be priced £200,000 more but it’s easy to see why. Stylishly presented and deliberately extended and configured to offer versatile accommodation over four floors, this is a high-spec dream.
They’ve even already done the off-road parking for you.
Guide price: £1,900,000
Agent: Davis Tate
IT’S “location, location, location” with this one. On a prime road with gardens that overlook fields, yet close enough to Goring train station (which has a direct link to London Paddington) to make commuting easy, this six-bedroom detached house offers period charm in a desirable spot.
The property sits in an elevated position and enjoys far-reaching views of Lardon Chase and National Trust parkland.
The house has been extended in recent years and now offers a superb family home with a flexible layout.
Accommodation comprises sitting room, dining room, study, family/games room, kitchen, utility room, WC, six bedrooms and three bathrooms (two en suites).
Guide price: £2,900,000
Agents: Robinson Sherston/Hamptons
This one is a bit of a game-changer (pun intended).
Part of an unlikely property — a converted barn in the pretty village of Ewelme, which is known for its history and watercress beds — the two-storey six-bedroom property, which comes with around 6.5 acres of land and its own paddock, oozes both style and character, and was created with entertaining in mind.
Fancy a drink while relaxing in the 40ft games room? No problem, just make yourself comfortable at the bar.
The house has plenty of sitting areas too, for reading or just milling about, as well as a home cinema.
Guide price: £7,000,000
This games room may only currently exist in the mind of London-based architect Philip Wagner.
But planning permission is already in place for a rather special six-bedroom en suite, five reception room house, which will have all kinds of extras including a wine cellar, swimming pool, tennis court and separate staff building.
There are also plans for a substation equestrian centre.
So, yes, the games room is great, but you’ll have a whole lot more than that — a whopping 10, 811 sq ft — to keep you occupied during the winter months. Pure luxury.