Post # 1
My husband and I are thinking about ways we would change his parents house if we were to buy it off of them. Currently they have a formal dining room to the right of the kitchen and in front of the formal dining room is the formal living room. That room is hardly ever used especially because the whole other side length of the house is the less formal family room. My dream kitchen would be of pretty good size with a large island. We have considered knocking down the wall into the dining room and expanding the kitchen. I would not want to lose a formal dining area so I would then in turn change the formal sitting area to a formal dining area. The house would go from having a kitchen, living room, family room and formal dining room to extra large updated kitchen (with an eat in area), formal dining room and living room. My question is, would I be setting myself up for failure when possible selling this house in the future by eliminated that formal sitting room? I feel that we would not miss having it and to me I would much prefer a formal dining room versus 2 living area’s.
I’m gonna try to upload a floor plan to show exactly what I mean but until then thanks in advance!!!
Post # 3
It depends on your area and how other homes are set up. I would prefer a larger kitchen than having both a formal and informal living areas.
However, my mom has a fomal livign room next to the family room and this is common in her neighborhood. I suggested she do the same thing you want to do-expand the kitchen and lose the formal sitting area and she looked at me like I was nuts.
We don’t have a formal sitting room and if we did, I dont think we would use it.
Post # 4
I personally would rather have a larger kitchen with eat in area and formal dining room.
Post # 5
I’d say go for it! I find that there is less and less use for a formal living room, and my mother is thinking of converting hers to a more useable space in the future too. I don’t think too many potential buyers would regret losing a formal living room to make way for a more enjoyable kitchen and dining room.
Post # 6
Thanks for all the feedback so far ladies! The formal living room is somewhat bigger than the dining room is and if we did follow through with this plan that means we would have a pretty decent sized dining room, so I was thinking that on one end we could put 2 pretty chairs with a little table and label it the ‘tea area’ even if we never use it (which I’m sure we won’t) it will atleast utilized the space in a way that matches a formal dining area.
Post # 7
I’ve never seen the point of a formal living room and in every home I’ve lived in it’s just been wasted space.
The formal dining at least gets used for dinner parties/holidays.
I say get rid of the formal living room! People are going to pay more for a huge nice kitchen, and I doubt people would even notice at first that there was no living room.
Post # 8
@Mrs.ice: have you thought about asking a local realtor to come look at the space and give you some advice? They will probably have a pulse on what buyers are looking for as well as what has been easiest to sell historically. Personally, I’d say ditch the formal living room for a bigger kitchen, but that’s just my opinion:)
Post # 10
Seems fine to me. A formal living room always seems like wasted space. I could see some buyers disliking it if you eliminated the formal dining room but it sounds like you are just changing it’s location.
Post # 11
@MRSLMA: That is a good suggestion thank you. We are just in the baby stages of thinking about upgrading to a house. I definitely think we will/should do that and also see what the perspective of the contractor has.
Thanks for all the other input ladies!!!
I know that I would enjoy the home and that most people feel that it is wasted space but I have noticed that a lot of ‘home shows’ whether its people buying or renovating they are reminded to consider the future for when you may sell. So thats why I was looking for others input because I don’t wanna be blinded by something we just want.
Post # 12
I say go for it. Most people don’t really use their formal living room. On the other hand a large modern kitchen would be super appealing to future buyers.
Both my parents and my ILs have the large traditional formal livings rooms that are literally never used. My Mother-In-Law uses it as a museum for white furniture, (ha), and at my parents’ house their cat uses it as a quiet place to sleep.
We just bought a house in which the formal living room was converted into a 4th bedroom/office and we don’t miss it at all.
Post # 13
@Meowkers: Ha ha museum for white furniture! Thats good to know you don’t miss it. Surprisingly at my il’s that room is only used for the kids at the holidays. I know odd right, kids in the ‘perfect’ room.
Post # 14
I would go with the bigger kitchen as well. Just make sure the flow still works well. And that the wall you’re thinking of demolishing is not load bearing.