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Are Dining Rooms Obsolete?

Our lifestyles tend to be more casual today, and our homes are a direct reflection of this shift. Older homes, generally those built from 1920 to 1970, with the smaller kitchen were outfitted with dining rooms just off the kitchen. Food was prepared in the kitchen and then transported into the dining room. Once a meal was finished, people would then relocate to another room… to the kitchen, perhaps, to clean and do the dishes, or to the common living area or to a bedroom.

Dining rooms, once used daily are not seeing much use at all these days. Some use them from time to time while others not at all. Whether a dining room is used or not really comes down to lifestyle. Very few of these rooms are used on a daily basis. Many are used for entertaining or for family gatherings and holiday meals. Some use this room but just once or twice a year.

Our kitchens see more traffic and more use, perhaps, than any other room in the house. This is especially the case with busy families. The kitchen has become central not only in our homes, but in our home life. We are spending more and more time in the kitchen. It is where we cook, congregate, work, entertain, discuss the day’s events, plan future engagements and pay bills. We also happen to eat in here. Our kitchens are outfitted with music and television sets and this space has become a true living room. Today’s kitchens are larger than those of years past and often have more than one seating area. It is not uncommon to see both an island surrounded with chairs and a separate space large enough to fit a table and several chairs. With two eating areas is there really a need for another?

Many formal dining rooms are sitting vacant, empty – gathering dust and cobwebs. Others, however, aware of this grand wasted space and have decided to turn these unused rooms into something that better fits their lifestyle. These unused dining rooms are being converted to accommodate today’s lifestyle. We are seeing them become dens, playrooms, offices, libraries, craft rooms, art studios or exercise rooms.

Expanded spaces and open floor plans are very much in demand these days. Newer homes are built with this thought in mind, and older homes are being reconfigured and redeveloped so that they too can have this open feel. Even small Colonial and Cape style houses can have an open floor plan. As long as weight is redistributed properly, load-bearing walls can easily be removed. For many this is ideal. Not only does this open up the home, making it feel larger, but for those with young families, some feel it’s easier to keep tabs on everyone without having to be in the same room.

Whether or not to incorporate a dining room into your design plan is up to you. If you are contemplating a remodel and want to transform an existing dining room into a new space, contact Reagan Construction Group for a consultation. We service the Southeastern Connecticut area, including Mystic, Stonington, Waterford, New London and East Lyme.

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  • We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project. "

    - Chris and Deb

  • "Jeff and Scott are inspired to seek the absolute best end to any given project, always striving to reach high levels of both productivity and quality. On a regular basis, Jeff and Scott collaborated with fellow professionals to develop designs, timelines, and when we were stuck, offered us much needed advice and guidance to provide the perfect product: in our case, total renovation of a 1950s cape cod style house."

    - Salvatore and Kimberly Privitera

  • "Jeff and Reagan home improvement expanded my home back in 1998 so I could accommodate my parents coming to live with our family, they did an excellent job and three months later my parents moved in and stayed with us as they aged, both are gone now God rest their souls but I felt so wonderful as I was able to allow them to age in place at our home. Thank you Reagan Brothers."

    - Kathleen Waz

  • "We had Reagan Construction Group come in and convert our 1 car attached garage into a beautiful 4th bedroom to our home. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of how well this turned out! From the moment we first spoke with Reagan Construction Group, through the estimate, planning, choosing materials, demolition and construction, Beau, Gerard and the rest of the crew were absolutely fantastic! Beau was able to answer any and all questions I had as well as being super patient with me, which I know was probably a lot to handle! Everything was outlined in detail and explained carefully and the quote was very reasonable for the amount of work needing to be complete.

    Gerard was always here when he needed to be and kept in constant communication with me. They did an excellent job staying on schedule and finishing the project in a timely manner. We will definitely not only recommend Reagan Homes to our friends and family, but we will continue to use their company for any and all other projects needed around our home. Thank you for everything!"

    - Stacie and Pat, Quaker Hill, CT

  • We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project. "

    - Jay and Liz

  • "We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project."

    - Chris and Deb

  • "Jeff and Reagan home improvement expanded my home back in 1998 so I could accommodate my parents coming to live with our family, they did an excellent job and three months later my parents moved in and stayed with us as they aged, both are gone now God rest their souls but I felt so wonderful as I was able to allow them to age in place at our home. Thank you Reagan Brothers."

    - Kathleen Waz

  • "We had Reagan Construction Group come in and convert our 1 car attached garage into a beautiful 4th bedroom to our home. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of how well this turned out! From the moment we first spoke with Reagan Construction Group, through the estimate, planning, choosing materials, demolition and construction, Beau, Gerard and the rest of the crew were absolutely fantastic! Beau was able to answer any and all questions I had as well as being super patient with me, which I know was probably a lot to handle! Everything was outlined in detail and explained carefully and the quote was very reasonable for the amount of work needing to be complete.

    Gerard was always here when he needed to be and kept in constant communication with me. They did an excellent job staying on schedule and finishing the project in a timely manner. We will definitely not only recommend Reagan Homes to our friends and family, but we will continue to use their company for any and all other projects needed around our home. Thank you for everything!"
    - Stacie and Pat, Quaker Hill, CT

  • We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project. "

    - Chris and Deb

  • "We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project."

    - Chris and Deb

  • "Jeff and Reagan home improvement expanded my home back in 1998 so I could accommodate my parents coming to live with our family, they did an excellent job and three months later my parents moved in and stayed with us as they aged, both are gone now God rest their souls but I felt so wonderful as I was able to allow them to age in place at our home. Thank you Reagan Brothers."

    - Kathleen Waz

  • "We had Reagan Construction Group come in and convert our 1 car attached garage into a beautiful 4th bedroom to our home. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of how well this turned out! From the moment we first spoke with Reagan Construction Group, through the estimate, planning, choosing materials, demolition and construction, Beau, Gerard and the rest of the crew were absolutely fantastic! Beau was able to answer any and all questions I had as well as being super patient with me, which I know was probably a lot to handle! Everything was outlined in detail and explained carefully and the quote was very reasonable for the amount of work needing to be complete.
    Gerard was always here when he needed to be and kept in constant communication with me. They did an excellent job staying on schedule and finishing the project in a timely manner. We will definitely not only recommend Reagan Homes to our friends and family, but we will continue to use their company for any and all other projects needed around our home. Thank you for everything!"
    - Stacie and Pat, Quaker Hill, CT
     
  • We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project. "

    - Chris and Deb

  • "We purchased a vintage (circa 1906) beach house in The Point area of New London that required a challenging total renovation, remodeling and upgrade, from flooring to plumbing to new kitchen appliances and bathrooms. Jeff and his team were an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, and, more importantly for us, very pro-active throughout the project, recommending various modifications and providing excellent advice and ideas that resulted in a really wonderful outcome (Jeff re-designed the Master Bath layout in a way we would never have considered – his new design really made a tremendous improvement to Master Bedroom/Bath).

    We were very pleased with the quality of the craftsmanship, from woodworking to bathroom tiles. The follow-up touches were also very welcomed and appreciated. Overall, we would certainly recommend Jeff and his team for any home project."

    - Chris and Deb

  • "Jeff and Reagan home improvement expanded my home back in 1998 so I could accommodate my parents coming to live with our family, they did an excellent job and three months later my parents moved in and stayed with us as they aged, both are gone now God rest their souls but I felt so wonderful as I was able to allow them to age in place at our home. Thank you Reagan Brothers."

    - Kathleen Waz

  • "We had Reagan Construction Group come in and convert our 1 car attached garage into a beautiful 4th bedroom to our home. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of how well this turned out! From the moment we first spoke with Reagan Construction Group, through the estimate, planning, choosing materials, demolition and construction, Beau, Gerard and the rest of the crew were absolutely fantastic! Beau was able to answer any and all questions I had as well as being super patient with me, which I know was probably a lot to handle! Everything was outlined in detail and explained carefully and the quote was very reasonable for the amount of work needing to be complete.
    Gerard was always here when he needed to be and kept in constant communication with me. They did an excellent job staying on schedule and finishing the project in a timely manner. We will definitely not only recommend Reagan Homes to our friends and family, but we will continue to use their company for any and all other projects needed around our home. Thank you for everything!"

    - Stacie and Pat, Quaker Hill, CT

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Reagan Construction Group, LLC. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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