In England they call it a morning room. Some people call it a breakfast room. It is really the informal family dining room. Some of the clients for whom we have designed homes in the Bloomfield Birmingham area communities of Oakland County think it’s one of the most practical and pleasant rooms in a house.
Most of the homes we design and build and renovations as well include a Morning Room. Whenever possible we make sure the Morning Room is positioned on the south side of the house. Since they are typically three sided rooms projecting from the house, they receive great sunlight. In the morning it is easterly and southerly. In the midday it is southerly and late in the day southerly and westerly. So throughout the day it is a bright, airy feeling room projecting out into the yard of a house.
An ideal size is 12 ft by 12 ft. A bit smaller is functional. A bit larger is great. I use my morning room not just for family meals. It is a create place to work at home, play card or simply have a cup of coffee and read the paper. Since a basement is typically under a morning room this lower level space is ideal for many uses – a wine cellar, an office or even a lower level bedroom.
If you are designing a new home or considering a renovation, if you have the opportunity to create a morning room, you will be glad you did it.
Rick Wiand – Hunter Roberts Homes and Wellington Chase Homes are related design/build businesses doing new residential design build and renovation design build in Michigan. We operate primarily in the Oakland County cities, townships and villages of Birmingham, Bloomfield Village, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Franklin, Sylvan Lake, Beverly Hills, Orchard Lake, Bingham Farms, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Berkley, Ferndale and Troy