Q: Is adding a built-in dining area a positive or a negative from a resale standpoint?
I think built-in dining areas are very cute. Do buyers tend to like these or do most consider them a headache? I imagine removal isn't too tough if a buyer isn't a fan. Any thoughts would be great. Thanks!
A: Built-in and formal dining
As a Kitchen Designer, I go back and forth on this issue when I see an opportunity to design a built-in dining area. My conclusion is to have both. Designers sometimes like to use the dining space for the kitchen because sometimes that is all we have for expansion. The downside to having a built-in is that if the family grows or sells the home, you only have space for whatever was designed, which is usually 4-6 chairs. My thought is to only do this if you have another dining area that accommodates a full size dining table. A nice way to get both a built-in and dining table within the same space is to design an eating bar with 2-4 stools, and a table that is long that can be pushed up against an island or peninsula, that could also be pulled out to accommodate more guests.
So my short answer is, that they are too restrictive, and to explore creative ways to get both. If this sounds like a challenge, contact your local NKBA to find a qualified kitchen designer to help you with planning.
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