After I present potential tenants a home with a eating room, I usually name this separate, closed-off house a “bonus room,” considering nobody wants a proper or separate eating room anymore. I am at all times amazed by the quantity of people that do plan to make use of the house as a proper eating room — I hear them discussing whether or not their eating desk will match.
However I am not satisfied eating rooms are nonetheless a factor. The query stays: Do consumers desire a separate eating room, or are they proud of simply an eat-in kitchen or breakfast nook?
It relies on the renter/purchaser
A proper or separate eating room is probably going a generational factor. Older generations have a tendency to love them greater than millennials. In keeping with the Nationwide Affiliation of Dwelling Builders (NAHB), 43% of millennials desire an open structure, the place the household room/lounge and eating room are all one large room that may be arrange nevertheless the home-owner desires. That is in contrast with 40% of Generation Xers preferring that design, 37% of boomers, and solely 29% of Seniors who need that type of utterly open structure.
The breakfast nook
A eating room-kitchen mixture, with the consuming space usually referred to as a breakfast nook, has gained reputation with many consumers and renters. Half of all millennials and Gen Xers surveyed by the NAHB desire an open kitchen and eating room to a separate eating room. Nearly half of boomers (48%) desire this setup as nicely. Seniors nonetheless like their separate eating room, as solely 42% would favor an open kitchen and eating room structure.
There’s one thing to be mentioned for custom
As Tevye explains within the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof: “And the way can we preserve our stability? That I can let you know in a single phrase: custom!”
Although Tevye admits he would not know the place all these traditions he follows began, they’re traditions nonetheless. And that is perhaps the rationale, based on a 2019 survey by Del Webb (a subsidiary of PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM)) that 48% of boomers and a whopping 60% of Gen Xers say they need a devoted eating room — realizing they most likely will not use it a lot.
How usually is a eating room actually used?
Of those that desire a eating room, most use it solely sometimes, based on Elyson by Pulte Houses. This builder factors to analysis performed by UCLA, which studied residing patterns by observing 32 households. Not surprisingly, the kitchen is the most-used room, adopted by the household room. The eating room isn’t used.
Anybody who’s lived in a house the place the eating room was used just for vacation meals can relate. You want a devoted house to entertain for these essential events. However what about the remainder of the 12 months, when the room sits unused?
How can present eating rooms be repurposed/remarketed?
Clearly, numerous folks now not need or use a separate eating room, however if you happen to personal a home you intend to promote or lease with one, you need not knock down partitions to perform an open structure. For one, numerous folks nonetheless desire a separate eating room, even when they do not use it a lot. So for these people, your separate eating room suits their wants.
For the remainder, one thought is to market the house as a “bonus room” or workplace, as I usually do. Dwelling workplaces have at all times been fashionable, and after the coronavirus received folks working from home (whether or not they wished to or not), many found they favored it. Take that separate eating room, outfit it with French doorways and built-in bookcases, and you’ve got created a home office. Or if you happen to add cupboards and a piece desk space, you might have created a craft/interest room.
Different concepts embrace:
- An train/yoga/meditation room.
- A sport room.
- A wine room/bar space.
- A music room.
A brand new development?
Inside design website Modsy predicted in January that 2020 could be the 12 months of the eating room. Why? Modsy has been more and more busy designing eating rooms for purchasers, seeing a 156% enhance since 2018. And with folks spending extra time at dwelling recently due to COVID-19, persons are rethinking the eating room as they dine in additional and entertain small teams at dwelling.
The underside line
Having a proper or separate eating room might be not as large a deal because it as soon as was. However that does not imply eating rooms have gone the way in which of the icebox, root cellar, or cellphone area of interest — there’s nonetheless a marketplace for them.
Should you’re making an attempt to promote or lease a house with a separate eating room, do not despair. You may stage the house as a eating room or a type of room you suppose these in your market would favor. Individuals will work out one thing to do with the additional house. And that is at all times a bonus.