Formal dining rooms have clawed their way back into popularity. For a while one large open space for the living, dining, and kitchen was the thing. To be fair, that’s not completely gone, but I am getting more requests for a formal dining space (and wine rooms, but that’s another topic).
The best layouts still keep the connection to the kitchen, but hides all the dirty pots and pans.
One way to do this is through a butler’s pantry. Usually a small strip of cabinets where you can store your fancy dishes, or a wine fridge, or lay out the extra food that won’t fit on the table (because obviously you’re going to need to have a tin foil swan centerpiece).
This layout took it one further and made use of a corner lined with windows for built-in booth seating. Make yourselves a root beer float, have a seat at the booth (which we all know is the best restaurant seating option) and enjoy it on a date night in.