Utility Room or dining room?

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DeeDee
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Utility Room or dining room?

Postby DeeDee » Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:12 pm

We have a standard 3 bed Victorian terrace with a joining sitting and dining room. We are having some building work done and are debating whether to split the dining room pretty much equally in half. We were thinking one half of the dining room could become a utility room with access from the hallway. We already have a downstairs toilet, so this would just be a utility room for washing/laundry/spillover boots/storage. And the other half to remain as part of the sitting room. We were thinking the half in the sitting room to feature a desk and also built in bookshelves/drinks cabinet.

However this is not the forever home and we worry that splitting the dining room might not be appealing for future buyers. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether the above work would be a good or bad move? Do people value utility rooms or would they prefer a joining sitting and dining room? We'll do up both rooms either way, just trying to decide on function right now...

Great to get everyone's thoughts  :) ;)
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muddyboots
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Re: Utility Room or dining room?

Postby muddyboots » Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:47 pm

I would leave it.
Haven’t you got a cellar you can tidy up to put the washing machine etc in ?
If a 3-bed house I think future buyers will be looking for space over a utility.

People underestimate free space. The back living room is the only space my children have room to play in the floor, dance , yoga for me etc...

It might make your house look cramped if future selling is a concern keep the traditional layout.
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Re: Utility Room or dining room?

Postby dudette » Mon Jun 15, 2020 11:15 am

I think utility rooms are really useful. When I was house hunting I discounted any house that didn’t have a coat cupboard. Assuming you can eat in your kitchen then I’m not sure dining rooms are particularly useful. Your best option is to ring some estate agents and ask for their advice. Knowing you will sell the house at some point should make them friendly enough to help you!
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