Our current dining room

In comments on my dining room post, Judy asked for pictures of our current dining room space. I love peeking into other people’s homes too, and thought it would be fun to share a few pictures both to clarify our remodel ideas, and to see if you all have ideas.

This first picture is the dining area.  The dining space is 9 feet wide, with 12 feet between the kitchen counter in the foreground and that far wall. Here’s the view of the great room from the kitchen.

And here’s a view from the staircase/entry area.

The whole room is 23 feet wide.  We’re envisioning removing about 15 feet of that far wall, leaving 8 feet of the wall untouched on the right-hand side of the photo, so that we’d still have a corner into which to set a couch or a couple chairs. Where the wall was removed, there’d be a single step up into a 12×18 foot dining room.  That would keep the space very open with most of the dining room visible from the living room.

All this is very much in the hypothetical stages.  What we have is working fine for now, really– we are blessed to have it.   But it is fun to noodle around dreams and ideas for the future…


  1. Is your table always that clean : )? Our table is very basic–40 by 90 inches. We can comfortably sit 10 people–4 on each side and 1 on each end. A new table would be cheaper than an addition.

    • Kristen, Our table is 104 inches long. Sunday evenings when there are 14 people here, we have 4 on each side and 3 on benches on each end. Works for now and I am thankful for the space. But I would like to be able to fit more people eventually.

  2. OK, you have 6 more children than I have and my house NEVER looks that nice. Ever.

    I like your plans. It will be exciting to see what you all end up doing.

    • It is clean after lunch every day for about an hour. In the mornings it is always cluttered and by evening it is dirty again, but I do love that brief after-lunch tidyness when the dishes are done and the vacuuming has just happened!

  3. Wow, I agree, I wish my house was that tidy! Lovely home! After seeing the pictures, I can see how a bump out or a new room would both work wonderfully. The new room is certainly a lovely idea and would be there for the long run, but the bump out looks like it, too, would work well there. It would give you the space you need now and it would be a lovely addition to an already beautiful home. I look forward to seeing what you do.

  4. Must have been cleaning day at your house. Wow, looks so nice.
    Your future plan sounds nice and should work really well for you all.
    Just gave my 11 foot table to a family with more children than mine still living at home and downsized to a conventional table that opens up to 3 by 6. Boy does my dining room look amazingly big now.

  5. Have you considered changing the space by rearranging? If you moved the couch that divides the living room from the dining room, the table could be turned and extended. Obviously, I don’t know the space and furniture as well as you, but from these three pictures, this seems like a possible interim solution.

    • Katie, Yes we do move the couch when we have a really big mob, and set the table on a diagonal, jutting into the living room. Crowds the living room a bit–we’ve got 3 couches in there. But it works!

  6. Oh my goodness…you have carpet underneath your table? Our house did when we bought it, and that was one of the first things to go! lol

  7. Like everyone else, I am amazed at the tidiness and cleanliness of the room, wish mine looked like that! Good luck with the planbs whenever they happen

  8. So …. how will the dimensions of the wall you plan to take out affect that window? Or maybe I’m confused on which wall. LOVE the peek into your home. 🙂 Helps us visualize everything better. EXCITING to dream, huh?!! 🙂

    • That arch-top window, sadly, would go bye-bye. But the new dining room would have windows too, and *hopefully* the loss of the lovely window would be offset by the gain of some lovely space. 🙂

  9. Mary, why the step up? I’m just thinking that a step would be something to trip over, or for someone to step off of when there’s a big crowd. We went to a party at a home with such a step, and I almost fell off of it more than once! If you didn’t include a step, you’d have more flexibility for arranging furniture, especially for your super-big gatherings….just my 2 cents. We added a 2-story, 1000 square foot addition, with changes to every existing room except one, in 2009 while I was pregnant with our third baby. It was crazy, but SO worth it. 🙂

  10. I love dreaming…and planning…and building…

  11. I’d take the wall out and move the great room, turn the great room area into the dining room since it would be closer to the kitchen. I am of course thinking of how clutzie I am that I tossed the roasted chicken in the Christmas tree…first and last time I say our mutt climb a tree for anything.