When Judy Opatrny and her husband, Donald, former partner at Goldman Sachs, began designing a home in Jackson, Wyo., on 35 acres near Grand Teton National Park, they told their architect, Eric Logan, they didn’t want a separate dining room.
However infrequently a formal dining room may be used, many homeowners aren’t ready to abandon it altogether. Toll Brothers, a leading luxury-home builder, sold 4,184 custom-built houses in 2013 — all with dining rooms.
“People are coming with dining room furniture and need a place to use it,” said Tim Gehman, director of design.
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