Realtor Haven Duddy is seeing a trend among Main Line homes. “More and more homeowners are being creative with their floor plans,” she says. “There isn’t a one-size-fits-all anymore when it comes to how we use our homes.”
And that, according to Duddy, is a very good thing.
Formal living and dining rooms are two of the most reconsidered areas. “People think they need a larger home, but they’re not using half of their space,” says Duddy, who also runs the Main Line Haven website and blog. “Those people are realizing that it’s OK to repurpose those spaces to fit the needs of their family.”
Architect Jeanna Ventura of JDV Architecture in Wayne has noticed the shift, too, with one client forgoing a formal living room for a family game room. And Duddy’s neighbor in Newtown Square turned her living room into a large dining room and the original dining room into a home office. Duddy even embraced this trend in her own formal living room. “I work from home a lot, so I needed a work space,” she says. “Now, this room serves two needs.”
Upstairs, consider changing an underused guestroom to a kids’ study lounge or an elegant dressing area. “Every space in the house can be utilized and functional,” Ventura says.