Dining rooms may soon be a history in the UK

January 29th, 2008 - 5:54 pm ICT by admin  

London, Jan 29 (ANI): It looks like traditional formal dining room dinners are passe in the UK, for a new research has claimed that such spaces in the house are dying out as more and more homeowners are knocking down walls to create bigger living areas.

According to Halifax Home Insurance, more than half a million dining rooms in British homes are likely to be demolished over the next 12 months.

Its report predicts that if the trend continues, the traditional home of the formal dining table and best cutlery could disappear completely by 2020.

“Britons have clearly fallen for open-plan living and are looking at ways in which they can make better use of the space inside their homes. In many ways it’s sad to see the decline of the formal dining room, but it appears that they may have become superfluous to modern living where people are perhaps less likely to eat together, the Telegraph quoted David Rochester, Head of Underwriting at Halifax Home Insurance, as saying.

A total of 559,000 dining room walls have been earmarked to be knocked-through over the next year and this is likely to increase with fewer families making use of the room.

People are increasingly opting for larger lounged and up to 190,000 living room walls will be knocked down so the room can be combined with adjoining areas.

The report, which questioned 1,453 homeowners, also found that many people were planning on doing the work themselves. (ANI)

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