Modern living is continuing its migration away from formal dining, according to a new survey of 2000 UK households.
Lloyds TSB Home Insurance, who conducted the
poll, found that the number of kitchen/diners has grown by 50 per
cent in the past 20 years, to the point where three in ten
households no longer have a separate dining room. In fact, creating
an open-plan kitchen/diner accounted for around a third of all work
And the trend is continuing. In the antiques
world, the changes have been reflected in falling demand for dining
room furniture and silver flatware, such as canteens of
The survey, which also assessed planning
applications across eight district councils from Scotland to the
south coast, showed how domestic life is changing across the board,
pointing to further areas in which the demand for antiques may be
changing. Today, for example, 40 per cent of homes have a utility
room and one in 50 a gym. Nearly 20 per cent have converted garages
into extra rooms, while just over 20 per cent have added ensuite
Ten per cent of homeowners have spent more
than £35,000 adapting their properties, and five per cent more than
£50,000, generally with a view to more open-plan, informal
The survey is one of several that are published by different
property-related businesses each year.
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