Today, many new homes in the Milton and Alpharetta areas have a room that is commonly referred to as the ‘keeping room’. What does this mean? Where does it come from?
The actual definition of a keeping room is – “an area adjacent to the kitchen”. It is a term that dates back to Colonial times when homes were typically heated by a small fireplace or wood-burning stove in the kitchen. Families often slept in the keeping room during the colder months when the rest of the house was cold.
In modern times, the keeping room is often treated as a more informal living area. It is still located adjacent to the kitchen and can be a smaller space that comfortably seats 2-3 people or a much larger version that acts as a family room with plenty of seating for family and friends.
It is not to be confused with a great room, which tends to be located in the center of the main level of a home; the keeping room is an additional living area that is more casual in style and acts as a hub for family activities. This area most often includes a fireplace and a place for watching television.
I personally like this space when it is included in new home construction, as it provides a relaxed seating area in the part of the home where people tend to gather most … the kitchen. By providing comfortable and accessible seating very near the kitchen, it replaces the need for everyone to congregate around the kitchen counter. When entertaining, it is an ideal place to keep guests occupied and out of the way while the host is working in the kitchen.
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