The new famiy home

A collection of family rooms

Mary Jo Bowling

In 1956, a Sunset headline signaled the start of a major trend: "There's a new room in the Western house ... the family room." Today, 48 years later, the home is a collection of family rooms. In this special section, you'll see how homeowners are turning rooms throughout their houses into places to gather; how they're creating opportunities to reconnect. As this spirit spreads, the need for quiet time and personal space will grow, so we've also given you some inspiration for retreats.

Quality time

Kid-friendly design

Outdoor fun

Social studies

Big family, big dogs

Open kitchen

A garage for living