Some builders, architects and real estate pros have said the dining room is a thing of the past – a relic of older homes, like avocado green kitchens and shag carpeting. Not so fast! Maybe dining rooms aren’t as passé as thought in recent years. New home construction, which often indicates current buying trends, reveals that the living room could either disappear or merge with other rooms, according to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders about the 2015 new home. This is hardly surprising given that informal living and dining continues to gain fans, even among home owners residing in existing traditional houses, condominiums and townhouses. Many will take down walls for an interflowing, all-in-one kitchen-dining-living room, says Chicago designer Scott Dresner. Keeping all areas open to one another offers another advantage. The space tends to look larger, says Chicago designer John Wiltgen.
An excerpt from REALTOR® Magazine