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After the kitchen renovation and the master bedroom addition, the great room is probably the most frequent architectural request I get. Today's great room is a relatively large, open, multipurpose room containing the kitchen, family room, and informal dining; it supplements rather than replaces a traditional dining and living room. The challenge with a great room is its complexity. Unlike the single-purpose living room and dining room, which have evolved into nostalgic relics, the great room reflects, for better or worse, the way families live today. Folks want to do a lot of things simultaneously — including watch TV — and they want to be able to do them all in one room. A successful great room will support