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Old 11-03-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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We are buying a newer home that has a dining room and a separate breakfast room. The dining room is about 8 x 10 and is beautiful with crown moulding, thick plantation shutters, and hardwood floors. The breakfast room is about the same size, and is not a room of it's own. Instead, it is between the kitchen and the den with an open floorplan. We don't really need a formal dining room at this point in our lives, so what can make out of the dining room. An office perhaps? We don't have kids yet...so maybe if we did, a playroom? I would hate to leave that beautiful room empty until we need a formal dining room (which may be 6 years or so). We thought about putting our dining table in the breakfast room and using the dining room for something else? The dining room has doors on either side, so the doors can be closed if needed. Both the breakfast room and the dining room have a chandelier hanging down.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: In the woods
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How about adding double french doors and turning it into an offfice? Even if it becomes a formal dining room in the future, the doors will still work.
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Old 11-03-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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Office, study, library........
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Office, study, library........
Yes, this is what I saw in more than a few resales. Also noticed quite a few pool tables in the larger ones. Really, if you don't have a need for a formal dining space go ahead and utilize it as a space that better suites your current needs. Swaping out a light fixture for something more appropriate is not a big deal and you can save the existing fixture to reinstall at a later time.
Also depending on its appearance chandeliers are no longer regulated solely to dining rooms so it might be fine as is.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:42 PM
 
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I also love the idea of adding french doors and using it as an office or den.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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put a pool table in...that's what my hubbie would do at least
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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My friend turned theirs into his 'dead animal room'. He has about 40 stuffed things all over the place.

Needless to say theirs is not a happy union.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:32 PM
 
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I like the "library" idea. You could line the wall with books and have a large round pedestal table in the center.

It would still work as a dining room for formal dinners as well. I like the idea of eating whilst surrounded by books.
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:39 PM
 
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Truth be told at 8x10 it will be of minimal use as a true formal dining room. The breakfast room that is in an open plan will at least allow you to share/borrow a little space from the adjoining rooms.

I'd love a pool table as well but those dimensions won't allow it. So the library/study/keeping room suggestions should probably carry the day.
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