Kirsty McLuckie: Sometimes you just need your own room

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A space for cooking, eating, lounging and working will certainly bring family life together if that is appealing and it also has the benefit of having only one space for heating and light in times of rising energy costs.

But you do need your own room, especially if you have an individual hobby or pastime that requires equipment and focus.

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This week, heating specialist Stelrad compiled a list of random rooms that celebrities have reportedly had in their homes.

For example, if Lady Gaga feels the urge to go bowling, she doesn’t have to go far as she has a bowling alley in her $22.5 million mansion.

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates spoke about the unique selling proposition of his house: “We have a trampoline room in our house, which the children like. Indoor trampoline, I recommend it. It’s a room with a very high ceiling.”

So one would hope—for the safety of both the Cornicing and young Gates’ candy.

Whole rooms dedicated to storing designer clothes are popular with the super-rich — Kylie Jenner apparently has a bespoke closet that only contains handbags.

Others build a dimly lit, glass-fronted shrine for shoes, much like big game hunters display a trophy room of stuffed unfortunates — and perhaps for the same reason. Getting your hands on a limited edition pair of Manolos will likely require skills similar to cunning, patience, and cutthroat determination.

I’ve also seen bedrooms in Dubai with windows under the water of an aquarium. No doubt it would be an immersive experience, but a little unsettling to be lulled to sleep by a passing shark.

I’m more fascinated by the practical spaces than the ones that are made to photograph well on Instagram.

Christina Aguilera, for example, has a gift wrapping room. This may seem like a ridiculous extravagance, but I see the benefits. Paper rolls and ribbons on dispensers, colorful bows, scotch tape and scissors always to hand – and a clear surface to work on – that would be a godsend before Christmas.

A dog wash by the back door would be similarly welcome after a muddy walk.

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And a jigsaw room would be a very handy solution to having to roll up half-finished jigsaw puzzles so the pieces don’t disappear in the vacuum.

Older grand properties abound with spaces that offer exactly what it says on the tin: your flower shed, sewing room, playroom, or music room are all perfectly designed for just one purpose, so wall-to-wall aquariums and flower arrangements might just fit the bill a modern shot.

And it’s true that when selling a larger property, sometimes it’s wise to disguise its size.

A nine-bedroom home can sound daunting—more like a hotel—while a five-bedroom home with a library, gym, movie theater, and art studio is much more appealing to the average family.

Whether a trampoline room is a selling point remains to be seen.

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