Out with the Dining Room and In with the Man Room
By Mark J. Donovan
||When I walk through the various rooms of my home nowadays it has become very apparent to me that our dining room, with its beautiful Ethan Allen table and hutch, has become a relic of the past. We virtually never use the room anymore, other than at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Quite frankly, as I think about it more, we never really used it that often even when we did have our children still living at home with us. Today, our dining room table serves more as a temporary holding pattern for folded laundry and mail then it does for anything else.
To be honest, I think I’ve felt our dining room as a relic from the past for many years now.
Early on I think I questioned my social skills, or lack thereof on why I didn’t have extended family and friends over to formally dine with us. With further retrospect, I realized I did have them over. It is just that we chose to mingle in the kitchen and sit around the kitchen table in a less formal setting.
The bottom line is that like the rest of the American public, our lifestyles have changed.
We are busier than ever before and spend less time at home. And when we are at home, we are usually looking for a quick bite to eat and then retiring to our family room, bedrooms, or office to rest and unwind. The case for the dining room being a relic of the past is even more pronounced when I think about younger families with school aged children.
Like me, I think you may realize, it may be a smarter decision to design a home that has a much larger kitchen so that it can support a large eating area for the entire family.
|Today’s kitchen has truly become the focal point of the house. It is where people can prepare food and also mingle in a more relaxed setting. By including a large eating area in the kitchen, however, you can at least have the space for those occasional times the entire family sits down for a meal, or for hosting guests when they do stop by for a quasi formal evening dinner.
By eliminating the dining room from your custom home design plans you can then free up the space for supporting a home office or media room.
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