The last part of our survey on The Space asked respondents to rate the importance of specific rooms in the home. These rooms were the dining room and the home office. The design of a home should reflect the way we live. Many households have dual incomes, with more women becoming part of their workforce. In addition, families are busier due to the wide range of after-school or extracurricular activities available to children. Let’s face it, life is busier than it used to be. Based on all this, is having a large dedicated dining room space as important as it used to be?
Nowadays, almost every home has a computer in it. Furthermore, many Americans have the ability to work from home. How does this affect how people would value dedicated home office space?
From the feedback we received, respondents were somewhat divided on the importance of having a large dedicated dining room space. We asked them to rate the importance of dining room space on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highly important and 1 being not important at all. The average response was a 5.
The importance of dining room space did not seem to vary based on the preference for a larger or smaller home. The difference was almost indistinguishable. Characteristics such as age, income, and total household members did not seem to affect responses either.
Next week, we’ll talk about the importance of the dedicated home office space. This will be our final blog on The Space, so be sure to check back for that and for some information on how you can be a part of our next survey as part of our project on Revisioning the American Dream!