Dining Rooms appear to have taken a back seat and have been looked at as a formal space that only gets used once or twice a year, so are they really that important? From my experience, buyers are usually looking for a separate dining room-whether it’s a formal or more informal space. There’s an appeal to having the option of hosting a family holiday or dinner party an intimate setting with the knowledge that this room may not get year round use. According to one real estate agent, “The issue of where to put the dining table kills more deals than anything else in real estate. If a family is moving, the dining table is the one thing they say they can’t part with.”
In today’s world where everyone is busy and having ANYTHING ready to eat is a major accomplishment, is a separate space allocated only for dining really practical? Well actually it’s that very reason to give Dining Rooms their props! To have a place to retreat after a long day and be able to close the door on the “dirty dishes” (if only temporarily) gives people a chance to sit down, forget about the stresses of the day and reconnect over dinner. Many people also grew up in houses with separate dining rooms so when it comes time to buy, they might want a piece of home that reminds them of their childhood. Also most new construction features open floor plans and there’s a pent-up desire for a home with separate dining rooms and kitchens.
Does that mean the open floor plan is a thing of the past? Absolutely not. Buyers still like an open feeling and gathering spaces that flow from one room to another. It can all depend on the size of the home. If you have limited space, the dining room can sometimes be the first thing to go because it is not a room that is used every day. If you’re an empty-
+3nester you might not want to see a house with a dining room at all because the honor of hosting holidays can be passed down to the next generation! Another option if you find you are using the Dining Room less and less is to re-purpose, until the need arises to entertain more often. Perhaps a playroom for young children or a home office would better suit your immediate needs.
The concept of separate spaces for cooking and eating is proving so attractive that architects are concocting twists on the idea, among them what they call hybrid kitchens, which can be open or closed using pocket doors. In essence, what research has shown is that people want a little of both. The cook might not want the chaos of cooking and serving around a bunch of people in one room, yet they still want to be in touch with what’s happening around them.