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Floor plan / design issue


I have a question on a floor plan / design issue. I hope you can help us.

My wife and I live in a small cape cod (1750 sq. ft.) with our two daughters (7 and 6). We have a basic cape cod floor plan, when you walk in the front door you enter the living room and straight ahead is a small kitchen and to the right of that is a small dining room/area. Two years ago we added an addition: a great room off the kitchen (16 x 20) with a fireplace, separate entrance from outside, coat closet with a small vestibule(side entrance), and sliding glass doors to a patio in the backyard. We love the room and are always in there.

We recently decided to renovate and enlarge our kitchen. Our plans are to knock the wall between the existing kitchen and dining room and make a larger kitchen. We also want to convert the existing living room (which no one uses at the present moment because we entertain and spend our time in the great room) into a dining room. After we do this, we will have a larger dining room, a larger kitchen and the great room will be our informal living room. The flow of the rooms will be great for entertaining.

The problem: My wife is worried that walking through the front door into a dining room will be a big designing blunder and will not look right with guests. She says: "because we have a wall on the left side,as you walk in the front door,it just won't be acceptable to have the dining room on the right". She feels if it was a colonial, with the living room on the right and dining room on the left, as you walk through the front door, it would be different. I'm trying to convince her that small cape cods utilize the floor plans in a way that works. I want to proceed with the renovation, the space will open up and we will have a better floor plan for entertaining.

Is it that uncommon to have a dining room as soon as you walk into the front door? Will the design of the floor plan take away value from the home and be noticeable to guests? Isn't common to utilize the space as we are, in a small house like ours? Please put my wife's thoughts at ease so we can move forward with this renovation.

Happy New Year!

Thank You,
Nick & Gina

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