Living Room/Dining Room combo
lindsibethAugust 30, 2013
I am building a house, and in designing the plans, we decided to not put in a living room. I am REGRETTING my decision, and don't know how to get back a living room. We haven't yet started construction, but I don't want to rip the plans apart and I don't want to change the size of the kitchen or pantry (fridge will be on east wall). My only thought is that I could sacrifice a few feet of breakfast room and push everything back.

My question is related to sizing: What "ideal" size is needed for a living room and dining room to seat 10-16 (and breakfast room), and where should I place my dining room windows so the dining room is still formal but I have a living room too (note that the windows need a 9" jut in).

TIA. I hope someone can help me through this... It is driving me nuts!
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
There is a big problem here, and it's apparent immediately: this looks more like a conference center than a house. The space is filled with places to sit down and eat, and little else. You have a large kitchen with a large island, then a large breakfast area right next to it...
Although I don't know what is to the left of this layout, for the portion I can see, I would either totally remove the pantry or change it to a half bath (if you don't have one elsewhere on the ground floor). Use a smaller island and a larger, more rustic worktable/breakfast table, perhaps with a marble top (for baking).
If done well enough, your dining room could become the living room.
1 Like    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 7:17PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Thanks. This is half the main floor. The other half is a 1.5 garage, powder room, large mudroom, staircase and large family room. I had taken a snapshot of just the right side of the house to show someone and used it here. Sorry! :-)
    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 7:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Right, I figured there had to be another half to the floorplan. Since you already have the half bath, I'd eliminate the pantry and downsize the island (plus move it).
    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 7:37PM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Need paint help with my living room/dining room combo
Hi all! We desperately need your help. When you come...
Help with setting up a narrow rectangle living room/ dining room combo
Hello, I am looking for some designer insight as to...
Help choose Paint color for vaulted living room dining room combo
Just bought house with white walls. Getting it painted...
L-Shaped Living room/dining room combo ideas-NO CLUE
Hey everyone; Just moved in here. Need help making...
Decorating a living room / dining room combo can be...
Sacksteder's Interiors
More Discussions
How high is a typical half wall between rooms
I want a half wall between play area and family room...
Anne O'Callaghan
The clock and pictures where to place them
What is the best place for the clock, the two small...
fabric choices..
I am currently working on two sets of 2 mid century...
J.C. Sterling Fine Furniture
need help picking a color
I have gray base boards and door molding, which I like....
Please help with landscaping
I'm really new at this and need suggestions for our...
Meghen Stover
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™