(Closed) Home Construction, what do you think?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Yes, eliminate the formal sitting area
    NO! You will be setting yourself up for unhappy future homebuyers : (1 votes)
    14 %
    Other : (6 votes)
    86 %
  • Post # 3
    3943 posts
    Honey bee

    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
    1510 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I personally would rather have a larger kitchen with eat in area and formal dining room.

    Post # 5
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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 # 7
    870 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    868 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @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
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    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 # 12
    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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 # 14
    2142 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    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.

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