Dining Rooms Are Out, Social Areas Are In

Dining Rooms Are Out, Social Areas Are In

By Erica Christoffer, REALTOR® Magazine

nahb intl builders show logoHouseholds across the country are moving toward a more casual dining experience.

While ease is a virtue, buyers also want technology-equipped, stylish spaces where their family members can come together.

For all these reasons, dining rooms have lost their appeal. Simply, they’re not flexible enough.

open kitchen“Dining rooms are definitely on the way out,” said Danielian Associates’ design coordinator Joe Digrado at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando Friday. “Ask your buyer if they really need one. In some markets they do. But many prefer an open, flexible space that will serve various functions.”

Open kitchens facing multi-use dining and social areas with a great room or living room are taking over the traditional dining room. Eat-in kitchens or seating areas at the island also popular with trends supporting a more informal lifestyle.

 

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