Ditch the Dining Room - Save Space and Money

Dining Room.

When was the last time you went in there, to do that?

Sure you sat down at a table, and you ate, but did you dine?

Probably not.

So why do you have a dining room?

Paying For Something You Don't Need and Don't Use

If you're looking for ways to offset the constantly rising cost of construction and electricity and heating fuel, a good place to start is to take a good hard look at space you need and space you don't need in your home.

Be honest - there are rooms you don't need and one of those is probably your dining room.


The formal dining room is a leftover from the days when we lived far more formally and preparing dinner was an all-day affair. The kitchen was a messy place, and you sure didn't want to see it from the dining room.

Today however, we live and eat far more casually and rarely dine in a formal setting (and we've stopped hiding from our kitchens).

Most of us only use our formal dining room two or three times a year and yet we devote many thousands of dollars to the construction and furnishing and heating and cooling of this least-used space in the house.

A better solution is to create a slightly larger, less formal dining space that can be used more flexibly - taking the place of the formal dining room AND the casual breakfast room.


Most of the time, this other dining space works great for breakfast, lunch, kid's crafts, homework, and rolling out the cookie dough!

But add a nice tablecloth, some candles, and turn down the lighting and presto! - it's elegant dining for the few times a year you might need it. A well-designed casual dining space can accomplish this easily and convincingly.  



Dining room?  You'll never miss it.


Need expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio Architects to arrange a meeting or an online consultation.