• Meghan Turner-Patel

A Dining Room Addition for the Holidays

Safely host this Thanksgiving dinner in a dining room addition off the kitchen.

a dining room addition decorated for the holidays

Give yourself and your family the gift of a home renovation this holiday season. As Thanksgiving approaches, you’re likely thinking about the ingredients you need to purchase, the dishes to be prepped, and how you’ll fit your entire extended family into your small dining alcove for a several-hour feast.


Will everyone fit without feeling cramped? How can everyone pass the sweet potato pie if they can’t move their arms because they’re shoulder-to-shoulder? Can everyone safely socialize while enjoying dinner?


If you’re stressed about the lack of square footage in your dining room, it may be time to complete a dining room addition.


Room Addition vs. Bump-Out Addition

If you’re looking to create a dining space that’s safe, updated and comfortable for your family when they arrive for the holidays, determine whether you want a room addition or a bump-out addition. There are two major factors to consider when deciding between an addition and a bump-out: addition cost and size.


A bump-out adds several feet onto an existing space. For instance, if you’re completing a kitchen remodel, have the contractors add a bump-out that pushes out walls. This extra space could be your new dining room. On the other hand, a addition will offer an entirely new room with generous space for family gatherings.


Typically, a bump-out is less costly than a room addition. According to HomeGuide, a kitchen bump-out can cost $5,000 to $30,000, while an addition cost is estimated at $29,000 to $36,000. If you’re in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley, and would like to explore either option, we at South Land Remodeling can evaluate the space and provide a quote for free!


Ideal Dining Room Addition Square Feet

According to Home Stratosphere, the average size of a dining room in the United States is 224 or 252 square feet. You can utilize this average as a guide for your dining room addition while considering several other factors, such as types, shapes and sizes of furniture used, available square footage, and type of addition. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Will you include buffets and hutches?

  • What size will those pieces be?

  • What size will the dining room table be?

  • Will it be round, square or rectangular?

  • Will you be incorporating a minimum of 15 inches between place settings for elbow room?

  • Do you want the room to be an open concept?

  • Will the dining room addition be added to the great room, living room/family room or kitchen?

Dining Room Addition Ideas

  1. Add floor-to-ceiling windows for a plethora of natural light, brightening any holiday dinner.

  2. Incorporate a serving buffet so family members don’t have to walk back and forth between the kitchen and dining room.

  3. Add glass sliding doors that open up into the backyard so the family can flow in and out for outdoor parties.


Are you looking to do a dining room addition in the Los Angeles or San Fernando Valley area? South Land Remodeling can design and build it for you. Contact us today for a free quote!




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