This space is a no-brainer for a family who loves to party. College football Saturdays, billiards tournaments, poker nights — the options are endless. However, you must take care to plan it thoughtfully so it’s a space you can’t wait to use. Make a list of your favorite pastimes and scrutinize the square footage you’ll have to work with, so you don’t overwhelm the area. Then carve out distinct activity zones within those dimensions, keeping in mind that game tables typically require 3 to 5 feet of space around them; a wet bar will need clear access to plumbing runs; and an oversized TV will not only need a lot seating to accommodate a crowd, it will have to be at a comfortable distance from the screen. A good rule of thumb is 2.75 inches for every diagonal inch of screen size. Consider raised theater-style seating to give everyone an unobstructed view.