Tag: Combos

Are They Family Kitchens or Family Room Kitchen Combos

Do you have a small, cramped kitchen that’s in need of some extra counter or cabinet space?

Or perhaps your kitchen is big enough for the entire family to gather in, and your living room goes unused as a result. A remodeling trend that’s been popular since the early ’90s is to combine the living room and kitchen into one central room called a “great” room. You can actually create a lot of extra space in your home without doing an addition, simply by using existing under-used space.

Most families spend more time in the kitchen than any other room. Over the past few decades, main floor plans have seen a trend toward a great room that functions as the main living area, and a trend away from distinct kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms. By putting these main rooms in a shared, open space, contemporary design has put the

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5 Double-Duty Room Combos that Always Work

Maybe you’re making room for a new baby’s nursery or that cave of collectibles you’ve always wanted. Or maybe you just like living small. No matter what your motivation is for maximizing your space, the best way to do it is by combining two functions into one room. Here are five classic double-duty room combos we see all the time, proving that when it comes to a thoughtful layout, you can kill two birds with one stone.

1. Dining Room + Office
Eating and working don’t always go well together. But as long as you don’t get crumbs in the keyboard, combining these two lesser-used spaces makes sense (just check out the Brooklyn home of graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink from Dwell magazine for proof). An expansive desk can transform into a bar or sideboard for parties, or make the table your desk with a beautiful portable office cart.

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