We have recently completed three projects in the Sammamish and Issaquah areas to do one thing: reclaim the dining room and formal living room as usable space. A common issue with many Eastside homes is that the formal dining rooms and living rooms in these homes are not connected to the kitchen or family room. Do you know what happens to rooms like these that are isolated from the life activity of the home? They become storage places – for things and for dust!
For these three projects, all of the homeowners wanted better flow and connection to the unused rooms.
Sammamish Home with a View
In this project, we remodeled the kitchen, dining, and family rooms to connect the three by fully opening up the wall between the two and reconfiguring the space to make the dining room inviting. We added additional seating at the island island by deleting the nook dedicated table space.
Carving Out Entertainment Space
In this Issaquah home, we remodeled the kitchen, dining, and family rooms to connect the three spaces. We widened the opening between the kitchen and dining room for better flow and reconfigured the kitchen to allow a very large entertaining island with seating for eight, deleting the dedicated nook seating to accomplish this.
From Closed Off to Open and Inviting
In this Issaquah home, the kitchen had previously been remodeled, so our project was focused on altering the wall between the kitchen and dining room to create an open space while maintaining the original remodel.
The living room and front entry were updated completely, including new furniture, to create a welcome and inviting space upon entering the home.
Reconsidering the proverbial kitchen nook with a dining table is a definite trend in the kitchens we are building today. And most clients are opting to find ways to incorporate the flow into underutilized spaces like the formal dining and living rooms by making them more approachable and much less formal than originally intended. These rooms are now becoming gathering spaces for entertaining, most often leaving technology such as the TV in the family room. Clients are opting for a bigger kitchen with island seating and forgoing the kitchen table, allowing us to create better flow and functionality in the spaces.
Do you have a dining room that’s doing more collecting dust than being used? Get in touch. We’d love to help you reclaim your space.