As you probably already know, it is the age of the open floor plan. This generation differs from generations past; family dynamics have shifted, we are all busier than ever, and therefore, livability has evolved. With the lifestyle transformation comes home design transformation. Open concept homes have said goodbye to rooms of the past, especially the formal dining room. While the dining room was once a staple in luxury homes, it now seems to be going out of fashion.

Today, luxury homeowners are converting their dining rooms to more usable, livable space. In new custom home designs, some homeowners are eliminating the formal dining room altogether. Why is the dining room disappearing? Let’s investigate.


How often is the dining room actually used?

In the past, formal dining rooms were a home necessity, as they were used daily. Meals were prepared in the kitchen and then transported into the dining room, which was usually located right off the kitchen. Once the meal was finished, families would relocate to the living room while someone moved the dishes back into the kitchen for cleaning. Lifestyles were formal and followed a normal schedule.

Today, we’re all busier than ever, working longer hours, and coming and going as we please. Family schedules are less structured, and much less formal. Many families eat their meals at the kitchen island, in front of the TV, or even outside on the patio, causing the formal dining room to become obsolete. Once used daily, the dining room is now used rarely, if at all. Some homeowners use the dining room for holiday meals and family gatherings, maybe once or twice a year. Others don’t use it at all; it simply serves as a china and glassware museum.


What is replacing the dining room?

Some dining rooms are collecting dust as they sit empty and unused. Others are being transformed into rooms that accommodate the way families today ACTUALLY LIVE. The formal dining room is often being replaced with libraries, home offices, dens, craft rooms, and other flex spaces. Homeowners want spaces that harmonize with their fast-paced, flexible lifestyles and make sense for livability. Every room in a new home should serve a purpose, and in modern society, the formal dining room just doesn’t for many people.


It’s all about livability

With the changing family dynamics and an evolving society, the formal dining area is gradually dying out. Why? More homeowners understand the concept of livability and want their space to completely reflect the way they live. The dining room just isn’t making the cut. It may not be completely dead, but it is slowly disappearing from modern homes.

If your dining area is collecting dust and you’re ready to convert it into a more livable space, contact Sandy Spring Builders today. We’re experts in livability and will work with you to create a new area that is functional, flexible, and specifically for YOU.

Here’s a preview of a few family friendly eat-in kitchens, a great alternative to the formal dining room.