Specialty rooms are coming in hot in the custom home building industry right now. What exactly is a specialty room? In a nutshell: it’s a space you wouldn’t typically consider as a main room in a home. They’re unique, one-of-a-kind spaces, or in other words, they’re SPECIAL.

These rooms are tailored to the individual, and truly fit the unique desires of the homeowner. Specialty rooms are suited to one specific purpose, no matter what that purpose may be, and range from the most simple of ideas to the most extravagant. Right now, specialty rooms are one of the top custom home features homeowners seek.


Here are 5 specialty rooms in custom homes that are currently trending.

1. Home Theaters

Perfect for a basement or other windowless space, home theaters are a film-lover’s dream. Also called a media room, the home theater is an ideal spot for family movie nights, NFL game day, or kids’ sleepovers. There’s typically a big screen TV, plush seating, surround sound, adjustable lighting, and a space for snacks and refreshments.

2. Bar / Wine Cellar

Often times, adults want a space of their own, to relax and unwind, or to entertain their friends. Climate controlled wine cellars complete with tasting stations, or fully-stocked bars accompanied by seating, are perfect for wine and beer enthusiasts. These are extremely popular specialty rooms and are used frequently as entertaining spots.

3. Exercise Rooms

Athletes, or just work-out enthusiasts often want space within their homes to exercise. Whether it’s with a fully stocked home gym, a basketball court, a yoga studio, or an indoor golf range, these specialty exercise rooms give space to practice healthy habits even when the weather is dreary.

4. Game Room

A home office is where you work, a living room is where you live, and a game room is where you play. A game room is a common specialty room that doubles as a great entertaining space. Typical game rooms are filled with everything from pool tables and shuffleboard tables, to arcade games and poker tables. These rooms also may have built-in kitchens or wet bars, because it’s easy to work up an appetite and a thirst when playing games!

5. Outdoor Living Rooms

Outdoor living spaces mean different things to different people, but regardless of the shape, size, or style, they’re a hot home feature. Some outdoor rooms include a place to entertain friends and family. Others include a comfy, cozy, spot to relax after a long day. These spaces are an extension of livability and make for a perfect specialty room year round.


Transforming space in your custom home into a specialty room not only highlights your personal style and creativity, but also enhances functionality, livability, and even resale value. Specialty rooms also make you feel more at home, as these spaces are designed specifically to suit YOU.

If you’re interested in a specialty room in your home, reach out to Sandy Spring Builders today. Our skilled custom home builders will transform your space into your own personal sanctuary. From concept to creation, we’re here for you!