Post # 1
We’re finalizing the plan for our new build soon. PUMPED!
The main floor has an open concept plan that has the living room, dining room, and kitchen in one long line from the front to the back of the house. The dining room is in the middle and currently does not have a window. The outside wall for the dining room is facing another house that would not be very far away. So if there was a window it would be facing someone else’s siding. And putting in that window would make the adjacent kitchen window smaller. A large kitchen window over the sink is something important to me. And I love original artwork and have a few large pieces already to put there.
So after explaining all that, it looks like i’ve already made up my mind about it but I could really use some advice or input. I promise I won’t get defensive. I’m just looking for honest opinions. Does anyone have a similar layout or any advice to share?
Post # 3
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I think your logic is correct.
As a designer, my suggestion would be to keep the larger kitchen window, making the work environment more pleasant, and keep the dining room more intimate by leaving the window out.
Sounds like you’ve got it all figured out 🙂
Post # 4
While I like having 3 large windows in my kitchen for the light, I guess in your case it would depend on a few things for me if I was in your situation. Will you have an eat in kitchen or will all your meals be in the DR area?
I have both, but I find I never look out my over the sink kitchen window for anything, but prefer to have a view while eating. A window does nothing for me in terms of my prep time/space except to provide minimal light, but is always enjoyed when sitting down.
I’d put the window in the DR if that’s where you’ll be (even tho you won’t have much of a view), and reduce the size in the kitchen. It won’t seem as closed in then.
Post # 5
I know you said you already made up your mind, but I wanted to give you another option if you’re looking for it.
We have a similar situation to you with our dining room facing our neighbors. These are the windows in our dining room. I like that we get light from all 4 sides of our house. In mid-day when the sun is overhead, our house is so bright.
It also affords us a lot of privacy because they are not full length so we do not need curtains.
Just another option!
Post # 6
I’d put a window. I think you’re ultimately going to wish you had natural light in that space.
Post # 7
I would keep the larger window in the kitchen. It’s nice to have a big blankwall for art in the dining room. With today’s light fixtures-LED or Xenon bulbs on a dimmer- you can replicate bright daylight or have soft romantic mood lighting.
The view of your neighbour’s wall would not classify as a view in my books.
Post # 8
i think it’s fine to leave out the window. you said it’s an oepn concept so i assume the DR would get natural light from the living room windows and possibly the kitchen area.
Post # 9
I’m big on natural light but it sounds like you may have a house so close you wouldn’t necessarily get a lot of it………so I dunno. I guess it depends on how close they’d be. I like the idea of an art wall and I love having a ton of light in the kitchen so I say leave the window out and have the art wall. Just make sure you get a lot of light in the dining room….maybe install those pot lights that can swivel to showcase your artwork & just for added light for the space?
Post # 10
You could always frost the windows with window film (or have it professionally done) if you want natural light in the dining area but not the view of the house. But, I also really like the idea of art (we have a lot of art/photography up in our house, so I definitely know what you mean about having a wonderful big wall for display!)
Post # 11
Stick with the large kitchen window. I wish mine looked out over something more than the sun porch… something interesting… If you keep the big window .. plant some great stuff out there, it gets old real fast just staring out at … the sun porch lol