Entertain in Style with Formal Dining House Plans

Single dining space home plans are trending, but if you enjoy entertaining often you may prefer a house plan with a separate formal dining room. While casual meals are fine at a breakfast nook or bar, larger diner parties need a larger space for guests. A formal dining room may be reserved for guests or it can be used for daily diners with your family. If you prefer a single dining space but still want a larger dining room that can be used for formal occasions, Donald Gardner Architects offers many home designs to choose from.

If you like an open floor plan, a formal dining may gain distinction with columns or a special ceiling treatment, like a tray or coffered ceiling. This allows the formal dining room to flow into the other living spaces while at the same time creating separation. A butler's pantry or buffet niche may accompany your formal dining room to assist with serving separate dishes.

Simple to Luxury House Plans with Formal Dining

The Tucker 1341 is a simple home plan with an open concept floor plan. The single dining space easily transitions from casual to formal and is spacious enough for a large dining table. A tray ceiling tops the room and doors open to a rear screened porch to continue entertaining outdoors.

The Clubwell Manor 5037 is a luxury house plan with a formal dining room adorned with a coffered ceiling. A separate circular breakfast nook is available for smaller family meals.

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Donald Gardner Architects has an extensive portfolio of homeplans with single dining spaces and formal dining rooms. Whether you entertain often or only at special occasions, let us help you find your dream house plan!

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House Plan The Liam
House Plan The Liam
  • 3625Total Sq. Ft.
  • 4Bedrooms
  • 3.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This Urban Farmhouse exterior mixes vertical and horizontal siding and is highlighted with metal roof accents and an exposed stone chimney. This house plan features multiple gables that create instant curb-appeal and a front entry garage works well for narrower lots. The gourmet kitchen features a large island and a bar with prep-sink that services the great room. A breakfast nook is available for casual meals while a separate dining room with buffet niche is great for entertaining. This floor plan meets every need with a powder room for guests, a walk-in pantry, spacious utility room, and a mud room with storage and bench seating. The master bedroom is topped with a tray ceiling and opens into a spa-quality bathroom and a walk-in closet with ample space for two wardrobes. The study completes the first floor and enjoys French doors and built-in shelves. Upstairs, three large bedrooms each have a walk-in closet. One of the bedrooms has a private full bathroom while the other two bedrooms share a bath with a double-sink vanity. The bonus room could function as a guest suite or storage area and has its own closet. The second-floor media room makes the perfect space for games, movies or hobbies.

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House Plan The Sawyer
House Plan The Sawyer
  • 1645Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

This modern farmhouse enjoys the best of both worlds with a classic front porch and stylish curb-appeal. A second sprawling porch to the rear continues outdoor enjoyment. The open floor plan maintains an easy flow for families to relax and enjoy meals together. The master suite is free of distractions and tucked away for privacy while the utility room with laundry sink is nearby for convenience. Two additional rooms are available for children, guests, or a study.

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House Plan The Mitchell
House Plan The Mitchell
  • 4186Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This sprawling hillside-walkout has a captivating presence with staggered gables, a cupola-accented roof, and a stone-and-shake exterior. For those that love to entertain, a formal dining room serves every dinner party need and a spacious breakfast nook provides a place for casual meals. The gourmet kitchen offers an island with prep-sink, allowing ample workspace for multiple cooks in the kitchen. A rear screened porch brings endless hours of enjoyment with a fireplace and a skylight-enhanced cathedral ceiling. The master suite boosts an attached sunroom for private relaxation, as well as a luxury bathroom and walk-in closets for two. A pantry, oversized utility room, and e-space bring a multi-functional work-center to the home. A guest suite is on the first floor, along with a study and two additional bedrooms and a rec room reside on the basement level.

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House Plan The Pennyhill
House Plan The Pennyhill
  • 1867Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Quaint and cozy on the outside with porches front and back, this three-bedroom country home surprises with an open floor plan featuring a large great room with cathedral ceiling. Nine foot ceilings add volume throughout the home. A central kitchen with angled counter opens to breakfast area and great room for easy entertaining. The privately located master bedroom has cathedral ceiling and nearby access to the deck with optional spa. Operable skylights over the tub accent the luxurious master bath. A bonus room over the garage makes expanding easy.

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House Plan The Cartwright
House Plan The Cartwright
  • 1882Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

An arched window in a center, front-facing gable lends style and beauty to the facade of this three-bedroom house plan. An open common area that features a great room with cathedral ceiling, a formal dining room with tray ceiling, a functional kitchen and an informal breakfast area separates the master suite from the secondary bedrooms for optimal privacy in this house plan. The master suite is expanded by a dramatic cathedral ceiling and includes access to the back porch, abundant closet space and a bath with enclosed toilet, garden tub and separate shower. This house plan also features access to a versatile bonus room.

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House Plan The Orwell
House Plan The Orwell
  • 2219Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

The Orwell is lovingly designed with special features throughout. Arches and columns create a welcoming exterior presence. The interior is classic, with a formal dining room, butler's pantry and a breakfast nook. A powder room is conveniently located for guests and a large utility room will accommodate every need. A pocket office is a hidden gem with a sun tunnel bringing in natural light.

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House Plan The Jellicoe
House Plan The Jellicoe
  • 1488Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Gables with decorative wood brackets provide craftsman detail to the exterior of this modest bungalow, while an open floor plan with split bedrooms maximizes space and privacy. A shared cathedral ceiling amplifies the kitchen as well as the great room where a rear clerestory dormer draws in natural light. The dining room gains definition and refinement from an elegant interior column and tray ceiling. Casual meal time is enhanced by a sunny bay window in the breakfast area. Two family bedrooms share a hall bath on one side of the house, while the master suite maintains privacy on the other. A well-appointed bath and walk-in closet complete the suite.

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House Plan The Copland
House Plan The Copland
  • 2845Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 4Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

This two-story, European style home plan features an arched front entry and is adorned with stacked gables. The master suite and a secondary bedroom/study complete the first floor and three additional bedrooms are upstairs, along with two full baths and a bonus room. The great room opens to a screened porch with summer kitchen and skylights. The garage and utility room each offer outdoor access.

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House Plan The Harrison
House Plan The Harrison
  • 3378Total Sq. Ft.
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

A thoughtful arrangement of public and private spaces results in this family-friendly design with a total of five bedrooms, including the bedroom/study. Special ceiling details and built-in niches display custom style in this Craftsman ranch, which features a large kitchen with prep island and pantry, a three car garage with plenty of storage, and an oversized utility room. The master suite includes huge walk-in closets and a windowed sitting room.

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House Plan The Wynette
House Plan The Wynette
  • 1986Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

A metal accent roof and twin dormers top this rustic ranch with courtyard garage. A classic dining room serves as a focal point for this design with a tray ceiling and columns framing the space. The island kitchen and breakfast nook are flooded with natural light from surrounding windows and the great room opens to a sprawling rear deck. Enjoy a spacious study or optional third bedroom layout.

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House Plan The Luxembourg
House Plan The Luxembourg
  • 1797Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2.5Bathrooms
  • 2Stories

Incorporating European style, this house plan combines stone and stucco with gables and arched windows for a stunning facade. The grand portico leads to an impressive, open floorplan. Built-in cabinetry, French doors, and a fireplace enhance the great room, while an angled counter separates the kitchen from the breakfast nook of this house plan.

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House Plan The Hampton
House Plan The Hampton
  • 1879Total Sq. Ft.
  • 3Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 1Stories

Dormers cast light and interest into the foyer for a grand first impression that sets the tone in a home full of today's amenities. The great room, articulated by columns, features a cathedral ceiling and is conveniently located adjacent to the breakfast room and kitchen. Tray ceilings and picture windows with circle tops accent the front bedroom and dining room. A secluded master suite, highlighted by a tray ceiling in the bedroom, includes a bath with skylight, garden tub, separate shower, double bowl vanity, and spacious walk-in closet.




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