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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Being able to cook and engage everyone present makes the open concept floor plans a success. 

Nov 18, 2019 06:45 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

NOTHING in real estate is ever gone forever..... trends change but they'll return.... 

Nov 18, 2019 08:11 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Much like life itself, home design continues to evolve.  Maybe John Henry, Florida Architect could ponder this question...

Nov 18, 2019 07:02 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'd say that's true for NEW construction (except for certain price points as you said) Peter Mohylsky .

Nov 18, 2019 06:50 AM
Dan Pittsenbarger
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Improving Conditions

Forever? No. And both are still common in our area as our market is by far still a resale market.

Nov 18, 2019 06:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

At least for right now, in the smaller new homes, the trend seems to be for an open kitchen, dining and living area. You will still see separate dining and living rooms in the larger homes depending on the builder.

Nov 18, 2019 07:32 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Our dining room is not used very much. I would prefer to have an open floor plan in our next home.

Nov 18, 2019 07:28 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

What's a formal kitchen? I think that the formal dining room & living room might be 'endangered' but that's about it.

Nov 18, 2019 06:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Personally, I hate the open concept. Kitchens should not be open to formal areas and I hate people milling around me when I'm working in the kitchen. And I love my formal dining room. I've gotten used to living without a formal living room, but not giving up my dining room. Overall, I don't think one can generalize... I work with clients who don't care about formal rooms and with clients who won't buy a home without a formal dining room, at the least.

Nov 18, 2019 07:39 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

Styles and trends come and go. Right now open great rooms are more popular.  Whether or not that style continues remains to be seen.

Nov 18, 2019 07:30 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

They had a good run. Now, we shift into practicality & function

Nov 18, 2019 07:03 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Seems like most kitchens are designed to be open entertainment areas. Many builders have just been putting smaller living rooms which can be used as offices, library, or main level guest rooms.

Nov 18, 2019 06:31 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

The open concept is the rage in new downtown Chicago condominiums. Decorate how you like, formal or casual!

Nov 18, 2019 08:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The open concept is conducive to how people live today. Formal dining rooms.  Older homes that have them are purchased and remodeled to remove them.  Did anyone ever use a formal living room? I thought those were showcases 

Nov 18, 2019 09:58 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

On resales, Colonials tend to have a Family Room off the Kitchen & a Formal Dining Room. It's only on these quirky Capes that I see a room or 2 missing. I want all the rooms that traditionally come with a house so I have a Colonial. Any less and I'd feel like I am being cheated. Where do I host Christmas' & Birthdays without a Dining Room? 

Nov 18, 2019 09:44 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Styles come and go about every 30 to 40 years.  Everything mid century is now in style. Wait a few years and people will be sick of open spaces.

Nov 18, 2019 09:44 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Different strokes for different folks.  When my husband was alive I liked having the formal dining room because we usually had lots of guests for holidays and a few other occasions.  Now, I am almost always the guest at family or friends.  So, I turned my dining room into a parlor where I read or sit to visit with guests.

I have an informal dining area in my kitchen which is totally adequate for me and one or two guests. 

Nov 18, 2019 08:37 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It really depends on the marketplace.  True for some areas, and not for others. A

Nov 18, 2019 08:14 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

New homes around here feature Great Rooms: kitchen and family room combinations. Everyone can be engaged instead of rooms that were divided by walls in the past. Living rooms have disappeared at some price levels or shrunk since families spend little time in a formal living room and the extra space is wasted. Affordability is an issue. Affordability also leads to deletion of formal dining rooms in new construction of smaller homes.

Nov 18, 2019 11:27 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Hope so, I hate closed up spaces.  

Nov 18, 2019 09:33 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

No, not gone forever.  Probably will come back in 20-30 years.  Just like the open concept went away and came back.

Nov 18, 2019 09:33 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Less about price points and more about stages of life.

Nov 18, 2019 12:19 PM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The Great Room for all took over.

Nov 18, 2019 08:34 AM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Some people like open kitchen, some don't. 

And it is great to have a formal dining area, when it is possible.

Nov 18, 2019 05:41 PM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Many people still have people in their home if only for large Family gatherings.

My clients typically still prefer two eating areas and then a single large living area. Having two living areas often means one is a living area and the second a man cave or quilting room.


I’ve also seen many formal living rooms become home offices.

Nov 18, 2019 02:20 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Every single 'older' style home with formal living and dining seem to be compartmentalized here in our area and buyers hate them! They want the nice, open plan, easy for living and for entertaining. 

For me, I love my open floorplan but, against my hubby's preferences, I had the architect add a formal dining room - I can't live without it!

When I sell my home, I will probably stage the dining room as a large office, which is what most buyers want these days (instead of the formal dining room)!

Nov 18, 2019 07:46 PM
Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I guess, it depends of the size of living. 


Nov 18, 2019 06:43 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Formal living room is out for the moment. Formal dining rooms are out in some price points but, not all. I like my dining room. My formal living room is now my office. Dog bathing areas seem to be a new trend. Large showers and no soaking tubs is also a new trend. Outdoor areas are starting to come in stronger than ever. Coffee bars also seem to be making an appearance.

Nov 19, 2019 05:01 AM