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    I have an open concept in the back half of my 1300 sq ft house and absolutely love it! I can move my easy chairs in the LR area around the hardwood floors to accommodate extra people or different family members can work around the kitchen area peninsula and visit when preparing meals. It is compact, easy to clean and so flexible in use. We can see out back to the gardens, walk into the patio and have free movement between the indoors and out.

    If the open concept is a very large space, I may well feel very differently.
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    In big homes you don't feel comfortable. Yours sounds perfect. My kitchen and dining room are mostly open and we can see our backyard and patio too.

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    We are making fun of “open concept” in my neighbothood when people buy these old Victorians and then tear down walls. Yes, an open concept Victorian, there ya go.

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    I shouldnt make fun because my own smallish house has living room/ dining room share same space. Previous owner pulled down the wall and pocket doorsm and that was ok with us becuase it is not a large space. But the kitchen still has walls to define a separate room.

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    I love it when people on HGTV say "We want open concept but need a formal dining room."

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp1 View Post
    I love it when people on HGTV say "We want open concept but need a formal dining room."
    Which will be used maybe six times a year, max....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveinMN View Post
    Which will be used maybe six times a year, max....
    Ha! We don't use it even 6X! It came with the house we loved. So there it sits! Can't tear down the wall between it and the kitchen. I would lose 60% of my kitchen cupboards.

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    Our kitchen is galley style with no room for a table so use ours all the time.

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    My dining room is where the computer, printer are, a dining table where I write, stereo- way too big, china closet and secretary, book case....way too much furniture but very useful. We entertain tomorrow for out 40th picnic....but it's outside and seldom do people sit in the dining room. I did clear it all off for diners though.

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    I turned my dining room into my home office, and turned my "formal" living room into a library-type room with comfy chairs and books, and an expandable table that goes from the size of a sofa table to seating for 10, which I use for Thanksgiving. Our casual dining is around a table that has banquette seating in the kitchen. Works for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I turned my dining room into my home office, and turned my "formal" living room into a library-type room with comfy chairs and books, and an expandable table that goes from the size of a sofa table to seating for 10, which I use for Thanksgiving. Our casual dining is around a table that has banquette seating in the kitchen. Works for us.
    That sounds perfect to me; I rarely use my living room or dining area.

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