Out with the Dining Room

Most of us grew up with a dining room in our house and a lot of us still have them.   But fewer of us use that space for its intended purpose. 
In this angie’s list report, a home trend that’s keeping dinner off the table.
Whether you call it dinner or supper, only 23 percent of us are spending our evening meal gathered around a proper dinner table. Seven percent of us still have dining room furniture in the room, but rarely even go in there, according to a new Angie’s List survey.
Randy Sorrell founder of Surroundings, a remodeling company, says “Formal dining rooms seem to be disappearing. Kitchen tables are still around … generally … but dining rooms, are, wow, you know, those are, those are becoming studios. It’s an office. It’s a work-out room. It’s anything but a dining room.”  
Sixty-two percent of survey respondents say they still have dinner with the family almost every night. Angie Hicks is one of them.
Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List, says “We’re a family that eats right in the kitchen so our dining room goes unused. When our kids were younger, we used it for homework and now we only go in there to change the thermostat.”
Two-thirds of the respondents haven’t redecorated or re-designed their dining room but use it for office or homework space, an unorganized storage area, even space for the dog.  But 13 percent are so sure they won’t ever eat there again, they’ve ditched the table and chairs. The Vielees (VEE-LEEs) are one example.
Lisa Vielee, homeowner says “The first thing that happened when the table left was it became our storage unit. But really, my kids love yoga. So having that floor space, most nights you can find them there, doing yoga.”
When the Vielees moved into their home eight years ago, they had six busy children at home and thought the dining room would be a routine gathering spot. Total times they actually gathered there for a meal
“On average, our family does not eat dinner together. I really try to get as many people together on Sundays, but during the week, it’s just too hard for all of us to eat at the same time.” 
Vielee says when all the kids are out of the house and the yoga stops, she wants to redecorate the space into a quiet, restful reading room.
Ready to diy your dining room?  Before you grab the sledge hammer, Angie recommends a plan first with professional help.  If you need to knock down a wall, you want to make sure it isn’t a load bearing wall.  And if you have wainscoting or wood trim, removing it can be tricky.
Fore more information and tips visit angieslist.com

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