The Growth of Kitchens and the Death of Formal Dining in New Urban Housing for Gen Y

In new mutlifamily urban housing in Los Angeles, developers are building bigger kitchens and leaving out formal dining rooms.  In other words, the kitchen, dining room, and living room are morphing into one large room.

The new Archstone Apartments in Venice (Los Angeles, California), feature knockout open kitchens. The kitchen forms the center piece of one great room for living, dining, and food preparation.  A breakfast bar area provides the only place in the apartment for sit down dining.

One bedroom apartments featuring this 1,000 square foot floor plan start at $4,000– a hefty price to pay for the changing layout of urban living.  With the evolution of Gen Y’s preferences regarding living spaces, separate rooms for entertaining, dining, and living are no longer needed.  PMI will feature these designs in their new, creative multifamily projects.

Photo courtesy of Archstone Apartments