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Breakfast Rooms

Breakfast Rooms

  • The breakfast bay looks out on a nearby pond.

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    The breakfast bay looks out on a nearby pond.

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    Matthew Millman

    Carney Architects located this breakfast area in a space all its own. South-facing windows offer views and a lower ceiling creates a more intimate feel.
     
    CUSTOM HOME July-August 2011
    Peaks View Residence, Wilson, Wyo.
    Carney Logan Burke Architects, Jackson, Wyo.
  • Anchoring a room that contains a kitchen, breakfast area, and family sitting area, the upholstered cherry piece turns a different face to each function: a counter with a bar sink toward the kitchen, a semicircular seating booth at the breakfast area, and a lower, compound-curved built-in sofa facing the family rooms fireplace.

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    Anchoring a room that contains a kitchen, breakfast area, and family sitting area, the upholstered cherry piece turns a different face to each function: a counter with a bar sink toward the kitchen, a semicircular seating booth at the breakfast area, and a lower, compound-curved built-in sofa facing the family rooms fireplace.

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    Brian Vanden Brink

    This breakfast room is integrated into the home’s kitchen and family sitting area. The cherry millwork turns a different face to each function: a counter with a bar sink toward the kitchen, a semicircular breakfast area, and a built-in sofa.

    CUSTOM HOME March-April 2011 (last detail)
    House on Cape Cod, Cape Cod, Mass.
    Nicholaeff Architecture + Design, Osterville, Mass.
  • The new breakfast room provides a gracious place for casual dining.

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    The new breakfast room provides a gracious place for casual dining.

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    Erik Kvalsvik

    Muse Architects gave this 1784 plantation house a one-story hyphen that contains a 500-square-foot addition, which includes a new kitchen and a window-lined breakfast room with water views.

    Custom Home Design Awards (May/June 2011)
    Renovation
    Muse Architects, Bethesda, Md.
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    Ken Wilson

    This split-level remodel features a two-story glass box with a breakfast room on the upper level that offers wide-open views to the forest beyond.

    Remodeling Design Awards (September 2011)
    Whole-House Remodeling Over $500,000
    Envision Design, Washington D.C.
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    David Wakely

    The space has all the hallmarks of a typical breakfast nook—built-in seating, table—but the architects gave it a floating cedar bench and tabletop. A downlit wall niche forms a cedar-lined display shelf.

    residential architect, September-October 2008
    Sea Ranch Residence, The Sea Ranch, Calif.
    Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects, San Francisco
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    Architect Adolfo Perez added an octagonal breakfast room off the west-facing kitchen of this home. Surrounded with windows, the space captures sunlight and is the next best thing to eating alfresco on the adjacent bluestone terrace.

    Custom Home, March 2003
    Private Residence, Brookline, Mass.
    2003 Kitchen and Bath Star Awards / Best Custom Kitchen / Merit
    Adolfo Perez, Architect, Newton, Mass.

It’s been happening for years—the disappearance of the formal dining room, especially because home owners use the space infrequently. But the breakfast room, on the other hand, is the dining space that is used many times throughout the day for activities that may not involve eating, such as homework, paying bills, and reading.

A breakfast room is best when it’s not too far from the kitchen, allowing for interaction with those preparing food and for getting meals on the table with ease. The space should be light-filled, so proximity to windows is advisable. A skylight is equally effective for bringing in natural light. Built-in seating often is a nice touch, and storage options create a more functional space.

Here are a few examples that highlight the versatility of a breakfast room.