With the proliferation of cell phones and internet technology, today’s families are able to stay in constant communication, relaying every minute of the day to each other if needed. As a result, many are leaning away from the old tradition of sitting down to a meal at the dining room table to catch up on the day’s activities.
An increasing trend among home owners is eliminating the need for dining rooms altogether, in favor of sharing meals at the kitchen island or in front of the TV. As a result, many luxury home owners are opting out of having dining rooms in their homes in exchange for space that can be used for libraries, dens and, a recently buzzed-about trend, “living pavilions.”
In Southern California, this trend is ideal for an environment that has shifted much of the entertaining and dining among home owners and guests outdoors. A recent report by the California Association of REALTORS® cited outdoor living and dining rooms as one of the most sought after amenities by luxury home buyers.
In opting out of a dining room, luxury home owners are doing away with the formalities of buttoned-up dinner parties and electing toward an open floor plan with an emphasis placed on relaxation and comfort. Some home owners have transformed their dining rooms into expansive reception areas where they can comfortably entertain or, on any old night of the week, kick back and enjoy a good book or TV show.
In Jackson, Wyoming, architect Eric Logan transformed a dining area for a $10 million home into a 1,200-square-foot “living pavilion.” The room has walls of windows and a 15-foot fireplace and is an ideal space for the home owners to display their artwork, entertain and take in views of the surrounding vistas.
Dining Room Still an Important Traditional Feature
While luxury home owners are at the forefront of style and trend, real estate agents are hesitant to recommend permanently altering a room to keep it from being used as a dining room in the future. Many home owners are not entirely ready to completely ditch the dining room as Toll Brothers, a leading luxury-home builder, sold 4,184 custom homes in 2013 with dining rooms.
“People are coming with dining room furniture and need a place to use it,” Tim Gehman, director of design, said to the Wall Street Journal.
While the elimination of the dining room may not be a reality any time soon, the propriety of the dining room has definitely been scaled back based on recent luxury trends. Designers are now encouraging clients to opt for smaller, modular tables that can be used for a variety of purposes, as opposed to the long lacquered formal table.
“Propriety is so yesterday,” remarked New York-based home guru, Jonathan Adler.
Using more durable materials like marble or perforated bronze will help to make a more casual, multi-use room that home owners, their families and friends can use consistently for many years to come.
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