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Are Separate Dining Rooms Old Fashioned?

Posted on: August 21, 2014

Open-concept kitchen and dining room
If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, there’s probably a million things on your mind. There are a number of things you need to consider for a new kitchen design—from cabinetry to countertops to the general layout. In fact, the layout, or floor plan, is the perfect place to start!

Perhaps you’re contemplating an open plan kitchen. Are separate dining rooms a thing of the past? It’s a question many homeowners ask as they start planning their remodeling projects.

Separate Kitchen & Dining Spaces

Older kitchens were used just for cooking—they were small, often dim, spaces, separated from dining rooms and the spaces where meals were eaten. As the years went on, this changed. Today, separate dining rooms are a bit old fashioned.

Many homes have some sort of open space, with no doors between the kitchen and dining room. But today, more and more homeowners are seeking truly open spaces with an open concept kitchen design. In such a layout, there are few—or even no—walls between the kitchen and adjacent living spaces. It creates a bright, airy environment, perfect for homes with dim, small kitchens.


Open concept kitchen and dining room

An open floor plan can:

  • Turn a hardly-used formal dining room into usable space.
  • Help brighten your home.
  • Allows for easier entertaining, where you can cook and socialize at the same time.
  • Open up your home and create better traffic flow (which is vital in the kitchen).
  • Make your kitchen more versatile—functional for both everyday activities and formal entertaining.
  • Potentially increase the value of your home, as many home buyers today prefer open floor plans (especially beneficial if you’re planning on moving in the near future).
  • Help you better enjoy your kitchen every day.

If an open concept kitchen will better meet your needs and aesthetic preferences—and, more importantly, make everyday living less stressful and more enjoyable—it’s time to for a new kitchen design.

The first step is to call the award-winning team at Jack Rosen Custom Kitchens, serving Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia!

We look forward to helping you with your new kitchen design and making sure you absolutely love the result at the end of the remodel. Whether you have no ideas but know it’s time for a change or you have a starting point to go from and want to further discuss your ideas, our professionals are happy to help.

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