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The ‘New Formal’ in Custom Built Homes

The ‘New Formal’ in Custom Built Homes

Real estate experts have noted that the young Millennial home buyers are not as concerned with having a formal living room or dining room. Custom homes today don't exclude formal living spaces at all. According to an article by D Home magazine, the formal living and dining rooms have not been completely eradicated from custom homes. Rather, they function in a new way. When hiring a design-build contractor to construct your custom built home in Maryland or Virginia, consider how you will use new formal living spaces. 

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Formal living rooms are no longer elegant parlor rooms perfect for serving biscuits and tea to guests. In fact, they are now used in the opposite way. Experts say today's formal living space is more of a getaway room. In many cases, people want to get away from televisions, laptops, and everything techie and digital. Homeowners often use the space as a multi-functional room or "flex space," with a wet bar or old-fashioned library to house a book collection. Most homeowners still need a place to showcase their more formal furniture and antiques handed down for generations. 

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When it comes to the formal dining area, the space is still highly coveted by most homeowners. However, instead of having a very formal place to dine, today's formal dining rooms can accommodate casual parties. In addition to a dining area for hosting Thanksgiving dinner, the majority of people who want custom homes built want the popular eat-in kitchen area. Eat-in kitchen areas with French doors off to decks or outdoor livings spaces are especially appealing. Expansive picture windows or sliding glass doors make it possible to watch the leaves change colors or the snow falling while eating breakfast in a Maryland or Virginia home. 

A design-build contractor serving Maryland and Virginia customers since 1977, Hopkins & Porter can help you renovate the formal living and dining rooms in your current home or design and build a custom home with modern spaces to reflect today's living patterns. For more information on the services we provide, please contact us.

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