How many different rooms in a house can there be? We’re putting the finishing touches on our basement renovation at the moment and now we are left with an unexpected problem. What do we do with the extra room? This led into a lengthy conversation about what are the different rooms in a house and how many are there. Turns out there are quite a few and within that there are different names for all of them. Here are all the different rooms in a house at last count we were closing in on 80!
Rooms in a Basement
Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up! Depending on where you are in the country, a basement can be a host of different things. But essentially it’s below ground. Let’s see all of the different rooms you can have in a basement. We will start with some of the more desirable ones and then move on.
I think every wine drinker has a dream of converting that space in the basement to a beautiful wine cellar. A strong upgrade from a wine rack, a wine cellar is a typically a dark room where you store your wine collection and let it improve with age. Alternates to a wine cellar could be a rum room, gin palace, scotch room, or a cigar room.
The man cave can take on a whole bunch of different connotations. It can be an old couch and a tv in an unfinished basement or it can be something much more elaborate. We’ve seen some that are truly amazing. Some are complete with theatre chairs and bar. A man cave is basically a place where the guys go. It could be a garage or something in the attic. But the cave in man cave implies underground. Giving it a Bat Cave feel to space.
A woman cave is a place where the lady, or ladies of the house can get together to escape. It is starting to gain popularity, while the guys want to have their own space, so do the ladies. This is a by far nicer area that the ladies can go and get away from the rest of the family and enjoy their friends or just some solitude.
A craft room is a separate room in your house where you can go and do crafts, DIY projects, and other things you do for a creative outlet. It can be a space that is truly inspiring and full of supplies and projects to do. This is a great one
The games room is one that can have a few names, billiards room, poker room, play room (if you have a young family). Basically it’s a place where you go to play one or a variety of different games.
Also known as a theater room, or a movie room this is where you go to watch movies, sporting events. It often has theater seating, a large screen tv and if you are really lucky, this movie popcorn machine.
The bar is where you store your alcohol, glasses for drinking. This is sometimes its own room but it’s often part of a different room. It can be a wet bar, which is a bar that has a sink and water hook up, or a dry bar which is one without running water.
The cellar is type of catchall for a basement. It can mean the whole basement or it can mean the part of the house that is on the bottom
The utility room is the room that houses all of the utilities for a house. This is where you can place your laundry machines (washer and dryer) it often has a utility sink in it.
Exercise Room /Gym
The extra room in the basement is often converted to a gym (and the treadmill gets converted into a clothes rack). There are a lot of ways to build a home gym, but knowing that there are options you can have are vast!
A mechanical room is where you store all of the machines that keep your house running. Things like the furnace, hot water tank, HVAC, well pump, central vacuum. These all are located in the one room so that you can place them out of the way but still have easy access to them when needed.
A guest bedroom is often a room with an extra bed for guests. If it’s like ours it’s used once a year when you have guests. I’m sure you will use it more than we did. In all fairness the guest bedroom is a good place to have a spare bedroom and extra space for things that aren’t being used in another room and it’s always good to have a spare bed available for when you need it.
This is a room that typically doesn’t have any insulation and is used as storage for food and preserves. It’s usually tucked away in the back of an existing room.
Under the floor of some basements there is a crawl space, or if you don’t have a basement your house may only have a crawl space, this is where ducting can pass though or other wires and essential items in the house. This can be nice as it gives the basement floor some leeway for when there is flooding.
Main Floor Rooms
I bet you if you had to think of all the potential rooms in a house that you could have on the main floor would floor you! Really bad pun, sorry. Here are all the possible rooms you can have on the main floor.
Also known as the front landing, front door, entry way or atrium this is where you will welcome your guests and take their coats.
The kitchen is the lifeblood of any house. It’s where the family gathers and where food is prepared. The size of kitchen can vary but their function is to prepare and serve food.
This is a crown jewel of the bedrooms. It is by far the place you want to check out first when you are looking at houses online and it is that area of your home that is uniquely yours.
Often called an ensuite bathroom, this is a bathroom that is joined to the master bedroom and typically only has access via the master bedroom.
A walk-in closet is a room that houses all of your clothing and your old wedding dress that for some reason you hold onto for memories sake but likely will never look at again. Just kidding. Walk in closets are a great addition to any bedroom and a must for many when building new houses.
This is a room that houses only the toilet. It’s got many names, toilet room, lavatory, water closets are seen in England with the WC above them to identify them.
This is… well come one, if you don’t know what a bedroom is it’s likely you aren’t from Earth. Just in case the internet reaches outer space a bedroom is a room where there is a bed for sleeping and often a place to store clothes.
Offices in homes are more and more common as people transition to working at home. They can vary in size and usually have a computer printer and desk of some kind. Fun fact, this is the room you will spend the majority of your life in if you work from home!
2 Piece Bathroom
A 2-piece bathroom consists of a toilet and a sink. It’s sometimes referred to as a powder room.
3 Piece Bathroom
The difference between a 2 piece and a 3-piece bathroom is that there is a bathtub or shower in the 3-piece bathroom.
Dining rooms are being see less and less in new home builds, often giving way to the great room. Dining rooms are typically characterized by a larger table to gather around for eating and are considered the more formal dining option in the house.
A great room is the combination of several rooms. It is a combination of a kitchen, dinning room, entryway, and living room. This open floor concept is great for hosting people and is a nice layout for families for when meals are being prepared the people in the kitchen can still be a part of the conversations going on.
This can be part of a room or it’s own little separate space. Often found as an addition to living room or bedroom, reading nooks are a great additional part of a room and are characterized by a special reading chair and special lighting.
Music aficionados and musicians love a good music room. The music room can be for the listening of music and can also serve as a recording studio for intro level musicians. Layout some nice bean bag chairs light some incense and chill.
If you are a serious musician then you will have a dedicated recording studio in place. This will typically have egg carton looking sound proofing on the walls. Special sound dampening acoustic tiles and a sound board. These rooms are typically found in recording artists homes or people that record music, or spoken word for a living.
Book lovers must have a place to put all of their different books. Whether you are a book collector or just an avid reader a room dedicated library is a great addition for any home.
The study is the place much like an office or library. It serves as a quiet spot for reflection and deep diving on a topic.
This is a serving quarters area that you can prep food before bringing it out. It also serves as a clean up area where the host can clean up after a meal without being seen.
There are pantries, and then there are pantries. This place for storying food has evolved from a small closet to full functioning rooms where all of the dry food goods are kept as well as appliances. Some are large enough to house a separate fridge and freezer so that the main refrigerator can keep the current items while the pantry fridge keeps the items that lay in wait.
Generally this room is the entry way from the garage or the outside. It’s where the family enters and takes off their coats and shoes. There is usually a closet or hooks for the clothing.
Settle an argument, we disagree on whether a hallway is a room. I say it is. It has doors and walls with flooring and by my definition that makes a room. Of course it’s all in the way you look at it.
This can be a small area or a full walk in room to keep your guests jackets when they arrive. The size of this area will depend on the size of the house.
Cleaning Supply Closet
This is a little room for storing your cleaning supplies such as the vacuum, mop, bucket, cleaning gloves, and all of your other items on your cleaning supplies checklist.
This room is off of the kitchen in larger homes and serves as a place for guest to sit and visit while the hosts prepare the meal, it’s not as formal as a living room and provides the hosts the ways and means of keeping in the conversation while preparing the food for the evening.
This room is off of the entry way and is where people would sit and visit before moving to the living room. A sitting room is characterized by a couch and two armchairs, and is much smaller than a living room.
This can be called a solarium, or conservatory. The sunroom is typically characterized by a large amount of windows allowing for maximum sun. The roof can also be all or partial glass allowing for more sun access.
If you have a room in your main floor that doesn’t fit any description this is typically what you would call it. The spare room can serve a multitude of purposes and be a multi-functional room such as a spare bedroom/office/study.
More of another specialty type of room, this is meant for the lost art of processing photos. They were once a very big thing to have in a room but with the advent of digital photography you see less and less of these. Still for photo enthusiasts this is a cool room to have.
For all of you bird lovers this is a room dedicated to your birds where they can stay in their cages or fly around freely, you choose.
Rooms Above Upstairs
What is a loft? It used to be that room in the top of the house. But now with “loft apartments” they have this fancy sound to them. A loft is an elevated area that generally has a slanted roof and no walls. While most people consider a loft to be a type of attic, it can also be an open area that has direct access to read or hang out.
An attic is where the top floor meets the beams of the house. It is accessible through a ladder in the ceiling and can be an open area or split into rooms for it to be used as an extra room.
These are rooms that exist in the loft, attic, or bonus space often seen as an above floor in the garage.
This is when you have an area above an attached garage that you can access. It can be converted into a variety of different rooms, but often just stays as a bonus room area changing purposes over time as your needs evolve.
Rooms of a House Outside
I debated adding these to the list, but they are a part of the house in their own unique way and should be included as many houses have one or more of these.
A deck is typically off the back or side of the house and serves as an outdoor hosting area for the family or entertaining guests.
The front porch is a great place for This would also include a wrap-around front porch that you see on many ranch style houses.
A portico is a small front porch derived from the Italian word portico.
The garage is where you would store your cars, but is often used as the dumping ground of where people place items that have no place in the house but cannot part with. This space is often used to store seasonal items as well. An attached garage is one that is attached to the house, whereas a detached garage is one that is a stand alone garage.
A greenhouse is a place where gardeners can prep their garden items or use it to grow their plants and produce.
While not a room the garden can be the backyard, but in North America it is where you have your plants and grow your herbs and seasonal vegetables.
Fire Pit Area
This area is like the outdoor living room. It has a fire pit in the middle and is surrounded by chairs for people to gather around.
A gazebo is a room that can be apart of the deck, adjoined to the house or a stand alone structure. It can be screened in or open depending on where it is located.
Screened in porch
A screened porch is a room that can be joined to the house or separate from it. It is an area that people use to be outside but not bothered by the bugs. The screening allow the breeze to flow through while keeping the bugs and animals out.
A shed is a standalone structure that people use to put various tools and yard items in. It can range in sizes and have been made from a variety of materials from wood, to using sea cans.
A wood shop is where wood workers keep all of their wood working tools and create wood working projects. The size can vary depending on the structure. It is often a separate part of the garage or a garage add-on, sometimes it is a stand alone structure.
This is a structure that houses wood for the winter months to provide heat to the house via a wood burning stove.
Much like a wood shop but for all types of mechanical tools and gives you space to tinker on things and repair items like motors and other mechanical things.
Best for last! A she shed is an outdoor she that is designed for the lady of the house to make her own. It can be used to relax, do crafts, create, write or anything else that you would like to do in your own private and very separate space.
Final Thoughts on the Different Rooms in a House
As you can see there are a lot of different types of rooms you can have in a house. From the basics (kitchen living room bedroom) all the way to the eccentric (aviary and recording studio) there are no shortage of specialty rooms you can find in a home.