Lately I have had several clients who chose not only to forgo the formal living room but the formal dining room as well. Most people recognize today that the dining room is used two (maybe three) times a year and they don't want to dedicate 150 s.f. to a space that's never used. When designing your new home consider incorporating a large eating area instead of a small breakfast room.
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