CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Cheshire Life today CLICK HERE

The demise of the dining room

PUBLISHED: 08:42 01 December 2015 | UPDATED: 09:27 02 December 2015

Strutt & Parker logo

Strutt & Parker logo

Archant

Do you dine inside, or out…?

Open plan livingOpen plan living

It is inescapable: the Christmas countdown has begun. There are some who love the planning, the lists, designing the menu, putting up the decorations on 1st December - and they look forward to having their home bursting at the seams with family and friends. There are others to whom this might be considered purgatory…

The Christmas season of excess that we enjoy dates from Victorian times: from the size of tree to the piles of gifts under it, from the number of people we have round the table to the number of dishes on the table - how does this fit with the size of our homes of today?

ExteriorExterior

According to the property ‘wish list’ from our Research Department, a walled garden is what most buyers crave when looking for a new home, then an outdoor sitting room/entertaining terrace (a bit chilly for Christmas Day), followed by a kitchen garden and orchard. Maybe one can assume from the wish list that ‘Living the Dream’ means providing as much as one can on the Christmas table from the walled and kitchen gardens: from the sprouts and parsnips, to the decorative sprig of holly right up to the turkey (our advice: don’t give it a name!) It is rare that potential purchasers put ‘separate dining room’ at the top of their wish list – unless it’s outside, with a pizza oven…

Open plan living is now considered the norm, with a kitchen/family room preferred to the ‘old fashioned’ kitchen-and-separate-dining-room combination. While it means you can probably fit more people into the space, it might well also herald a frenzy of tidying the family detritus away (how does Lego manage to creep so far?) The days of the formal dining room seem to have all but gone: in fact if you believe everything you read in the press, just getting a family to all eat together round any table, let alone a dining table, seems to be a chore!

Dining RoomDining Room

The property hunters that come into our office are distinctively in two camps: those under 50 who want open plan living-dining, and those over 50 who would prefer a dining room. Is it purely a ‘generation thing’? Though some of the properties on our books do have a dining room, it is often heard while showing potential purchasers round: ‘This will make a great family room’.

The fact seems to be that more people would now like a pantry in their home rather than a dining room: great for all the Christmas essentials, but it doesn’t give you the extra space for seating the in-laws.

More from Homes & Gardens

Two new Kütchenhaus kitchen showrooms have launched in Cheshire and a uniting passion binds the teams behind them both.

Read more

Didsbury resident Beth Travers founded her own business in defiance of the establishment’s ‘you can’t come in’ attitude…and now doors are opening all around the globe.

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

This Prestbury family home combines traditional characteristics with luxurious enhancements

Read more
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Gordon Cooke’s artistic flair and horticultural know-how combine to create an unusual garden

Read more
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As we head into Autumn, the change in season is all around us. From the leaves on the trees turning burnt orange and fiery red, to dark mornings and nights bookending our days. As we put the clocks back an hour to battle the darkness, here’s some top tips on how you can keep your home warm and costs down this Autumn.

Read more
Monday, September 24, 2018

A stunning new development of ten luxury lodges at Plas Farm Caravan Park, Nant Lodges is the ultimate in holiday home retreats.

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wendy Radley looks back on an eventful first year of trade for the online flower boutique.

Read more
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fragrant flowers, fabulous garden designs and some poignant exhibits meant the 20th RHS Tatton Flower Show was blooming marvellous

Read more
RHS Tatton
Monday, September 3, 2018

This grand lodge in wooded grounds benefits from historic charm and modern amenities

Read more
Friday, August 31, 2018

Rural energy provider, Calor, gives some top tips for homeowners wanting to make their houses cosy and warm in time for the colder months.

Read more
Thursday, August 30, 2018

Ben Melton has taken a hobby and made it pay…in a myriad of ways

Read more
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The aim of heylo is to make home ownership accessible to everyone.

Read more

What do you get when you combine great design with innovative thinking? Arley House in Ashley, that’s what

Read more
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s innovative Create for Nature project aims to benefit nature and people

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today


Local Business Directory

Property Search