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Is it better to keep the formal dining room and closed kitchen or make it all open?

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Currnenty most buyers are looking for an open concept floorplan. They enjoy to entertain with their family and guest and in my experiance the home sells faster than a closed kitchen/dining area.
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November 05 2013
A picture would really help the answer. Currently everyone loves an open plan although it does need to make sense with the house in question
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November 05 2013
Currently most buyers we represent are looking for an open floor plan. Formal rooms are becoming less formal or obsolete. Of course, it depends on what best suits your needs but for today's market I would recommend open.
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November 05 2013
I think the days of the formal dining room is over... people like the
eat-in kitchens and the open concept because of the family orientation a
closer bond to one another.

It is also documented that higher height tables are more family friendly
than lower ones.
-Joseph-
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November 05 2013
Our experience has allowed us to come up with this conclusion. Open floor plan suits all buyers. Closed floorplan limits the amount of interested buyers. Homeowners want to be able to customize there house and if there is a need to add a wall, it can be done by the new owners. Personally, I like open floor plan that connects kitchen and dinning room together. It allows a more interactive cooking experience. 
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November 04 2013
Some buyers like a formal to be separate and away from the casual and dining - especially if they entertain and have formal dining table and chairs.  And some do not need it or want it.  So, I suggest you do what you like if you are going to live there.  If you are going to sell it, have a few agents who are very familiar with your specific area and have sold in your neighborhood tell you what is selling and what is not.  I myself have an open concept and wish I had a formal - but I didn't realize I'd want that when I bought - I fell in love with the view and the kitchen.  We also change what we want through the years, so just as you have it - there will be those who will fall in love, as is.
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November 04 2013
Unless you see the home, it would be impossible to give you professional advice.  Recommend you find a trusted Realtor that does successful business in your area for advice.  For some homes, opening up the space will work and for others keeping the 2 rooms is necessary in your price point.  Again, you have to see to decide.  Although the majority of buyers like the open concept look, it is not always appropriate.  All the best...Donna
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November 04 2013
This is a tough one because it all comes down to personal preference.  I've had buyers who HAD to have a formal living room - it fit in with their lifestyle as far as entertaining and holidays.  And then I've had buyers who feel a dining room is "a waste of useable space."

 My advice is to seek professional guidance from both a contractor and an interior decorator.  The interior decorator will look at your overall floor plan and see if it works and makes sense.  If they feel it is feasible and will flow nicely as well as being practical, then you should move on to getting at least three contractors who have been recommended by someone who has used them, or seen their work.  This is where the cost factor comes in. 

Now the big question - why are you doing this?  Are you planning to sell soon and think this will enhance the appeal?  Or, are you going to do it for personal enjoyment and lifestyle.  This is a huge consideration.  If planning on staying for a few more years, probably a good consideration.  It will give you enjoyment plus you will be increasing your equity over the years.  Now, if you are doing it to sell - be VERY careful.  The cost could totally undermine what value you receive back on the sale.  This is when you would want to call a Realtor to help you determine if this is a wise choice, or not.  With some recent sold comparables you and your agent should be able to see if this is a wise move or not.

Seek higher counsel!
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November 04 2013
Open floor plan is recommended, but check with contractor first to determine cost and feasibility of project,
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November 04 2013
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What do you like?   Are you doing this for your pleasure in living in your own home, or for resale?

When we were last looking at homes, I noticed a lot of people had opened up their kitchens and as a consequence lost a huge amount of cabinet space.  The consequence was a poorly functioning kitchen.   Think it through before doing it.
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Thank you so much for your advice.
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November 04 2013
Hello,

Most buyers are looking for an open floor plan.
Best of luck.
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