(Closed) Dining room placement in house

posted 3 years ago in Home
  • poll: is it weird to have dining room off of the front door and main/only living room on another floor?
    yes stay with eat in kitchen : (3 votes)
    27 %
    switch it up : (8 votes)
    73 %
    other; see comment : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    9230 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    mrskl2014 :  If you want a dining room make sure you get a house with a dining room! I wish mine was more formal all the time and my friend kicks herself every day for settling for a house without one. I would go for the bigger dining room over a second living room. Full disclosure – I use my dining room every day. 

    Post # 3
    3561 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Where I live (Dallas) A LOT of new builds in nice developments have that layout where the formal dining is right off the front door. It’s normally an option where the homeowner can use it as a formal dining, or add doors and make it an office. So no, I don’t think that’s weird at all! I don’t think anyone would think anything of it. I do personally believe they’re a waste of space if there’s another place to eat. But also I think a formal living is a waste of space. So use it however you want!

    Post # 4
    1599 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2018

    I think you should do what works for you! If you think the space will go mostly unused as a living room, and would get more used as a dining room, then it seems the clear choice is to make it a dining room!

    I’m trying to picture your layout. Is there any sort of front hall that would serve as an entryway so you don’t walk in the front door and immediately into the dining room? 

    If you’re planning to do renovations, I would talk to a designer about what you want to do. I’m sure someone with experience would know how to set it up to make everything look good.

    Post # 5
    431 posts
    Helper bee

    Actually, most houses I have seen have the formal dining room in the front of the house, so that wouldnt be weird to me at all. I wish we had a dining room, not just our eat in kitchen!! If you would use it, I think making the second living room into a dining room makes way more sense than buying living room furniture you will barely use. 

    Post # 6
    1700 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    My sister has a similar layout,  bedroom, eat in kitchen,  and living room at the top level and another 2 bedroom,  bath,  and living room in the lower level.  I suppose it’s a popular layout where she lives(Utah). She left the living room as a living room since they dont typically entertain at her house,  her in laws are close-by and they do the holiday entertaining and they visit other people’s houses for game nights. I don’t think changing the upstairs living room into a dining room occurred to them,  but it would be a great idea if they did more entertaining. They never use it for anything now,  except a place to put the Christmas tree.

    I live in Dallas too and my old house had an office at the front door that could have been a formal dining room,  but I’m not really a formal person, so it was only ever used for game nights.  I currently have a 3bd, 2bth house with an eatin kitchen, 2 living rooms,  and a formal dining room. 

    I love fi  and I love his neighborhood and backyard pool,  but I’m not looking forward to having only 1 living room no dining room. He has an eat in kitchen and a nice sized living room,  but he also has a change fish tank that takes a lot of space,  is a lot of work,  and is really loud. 🙁 if we had 2 living rooms,  we could leave the tank in one and still have the other for watching TV. Unfortunately , we couldn’t really put the tank anywhere else in the house due to the equipment and weight. So in the living room it will stay. And since fi’s backyard is like a resort,  seriously,  multiple large tables with chairs, we’ll probably just save entertaining for swimming months and go elsewhere for holiday parties. Moving is part of the 5-10 year plan,  but we’ll be fine in the meantime in the house.  We did an Easter party last weekend,  water was a little chilly, but fine after the propane heater kicked in, so i guess swimming season is longer than i thought. 

    Post # 9
    7191 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I vote go with the option that’s going to make best use of the space in your home. If you’ve got a beautiful dining room table I don’t see why it would be strange to walk directly into your formal dining space. That only part I wasn’t clear on is whether your living/dining space would be on the same floor as your kitchen? I wouldn’t want guests navigating stairs with plates on a regular basis.

    Primarily- no dead spaces in the house if you can help it. Stagnant energy get a really tangible after awhile.

    Post # 11
    1 posts
    • Wedding: March 2019

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    TwilightRarity :  I agree! The best house is the one which is spacious and clean. If you haven’t remodeled it already, then I would suggest you too consult the professionals once. Visit their (moderated for self promotion) and ask your queries, they would give the best possible solution.

    Post # 12
    4296 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    Closing this defunct thread. 

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