Why You Can’t Plan a House Around a Table :(
When we purchased our Net Zero Nest, I knew one thing for sure – I was keeping my reclaimed wood dining room table. I love it, have only had it two years, and feel it reflects our style and personality. Plus it took a really long time to find a table I could afford and at every dinner party it has performed beautifully. I am invested in that table!
Fast forward a few months to a meeting with our architects. We were looking at our various floor plan options with furnishings drawn to scale. Something was off and I couldn’t figure it out. Then it dawned on me…it was the table. In our open concept living room/dining room/kitchen it just didn’t fit. It was too big, too rectangular, and it blocked the open feel no matter where you put it. The architects were very kind, they let me come to this conclusion on my own. I had a brief mourning period, and then I moved on. You really can’t design a house around one piece of furniture. You have to approach the process with an open mindset and let function and your overall goals lead the way. I could have insisted on the table, but I would have sacrificed the overall flow and feeling of spaciousness we are trying to create. In a strange way, if I let the table dictate design it would be an entirely different house.
But all is not lost. As we started working on the office layout, we realized that with a little modification my table could be a great his and hers desk. Hooray!