"This dining table is nestled between the end of the kitchen and a living area. Its proximity to the kitchen takes care of tableware storage. The rug underneath helps to define the parameters. Notice that there is plenty of space around the table and chairs. Be sure to provide extra space when placing dining tables within circulation routes, as has been done here. Not only does traffic pass from the kitchen into the living area, but it also crosses to exit through the sliding glass door to the right and connects to the room at left. Leaving 48 to 60 in. (122 to 152 cm) beyond the edge of a table can be sufficient for this type of layout."
BEFORE (not pictured): Inside, an entry closet cut the living room off from the dining room, creating chopped-up, dark spaces. AFTER (seen here): The designers eliminated the closet, moved the kitchen into the former dining room space and added a large beam. Now natural light spreads from one side of the house to the other.