In recent years the role of rooms within the average American home have been evolving and adapting to take on newer, more universal roles. No where is this trend as apparent as in the dining room. What once was a space purely for gathering the family to serve dinner is now transforming into an entertaining, relaxing, and personalized room. To make this change possible, home remodeling contractors and DIY enthusiasts alike have turned to a number of different options ranging from a more subdued look with the dining room table moved from the center of the room to being one of a number of focal points to complete tear down of the expectations and introducing the gathering space for dinner into other spaces like the kitchen or living room.
With this sudden shift in the space’s purpose however, it’s to be expected that some of the new ways designers and homeowners are going about their dining room remodel won’t be as effective, affordable, or attractive in the years to come. With that in mind it’s worthwhile to carefully consider the steps involved in your dining room remodel to make sure that you get the most value out of your choices.
The Dos of Dining Room Remodeling
There are a number of affordable and interesting ways to improve the look, feel, and function of your dining room and many of them can be performed by the homeowner alone! Consider updates and small repair projects to freshen the space’s style and if you’re interested in exploring some new crafty projects look into small personalized carpentry tasks, perhaps even hand-making the dining room table that your family will meet at in the future. For tasks which are a bit beyond the average DIYers ability consider having new lighting elements (or better) new window installations performed to create a decentralized more encompassing friendliness to the space.
The Don’ts of Dining Room Remodeling
One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make when they’re planning a major remodel is to think that a blank slate is the best place to begin. This idea has led to homeowners tearing out electrical systems and demolishing walls to create a new space without a clear idea of what that space entails. Instead of jumping the gun and giving into the exciting prospect of a brand new space, always try to identify the character of the room that really makes it yours. Your new remodel should be entirely focused on matching and expanding this character and by stripping the room down to the studs just to get started you’re setting your project up to be more expensive, more time consuming, and ultimately less satisfying than it would be otherwise. Start your dining room remodel with small, subtle shifts and follow those changes to the big ones which naturally make sense.