The question was, “How do we fit more than 4 people in our dining area?” It was a fitting question seeing that these lovely clients live in a tiny cozy house of 800/sf. They love to entertain and often made a make shift dining area in their living room when they were hosting more than 4 people for dinner. But, that got old and Thanksgiving brought along the goal of seating a large group around 1 table. Normally, I would leave the architectural detail they had separating a small dining area from the kitchen as seen here.
But in the case of the small house with the desire of seating 7-8 people we decided the wing walls needed to come down and a built-in dining table and benches were the solution.
We took the walls out, down to the studs, so that we could wire for the 2 pendant lights, frame the skylight in cleaner, and insulate the walls.
We got all of the salvaged fir from Salvage Works in N. Portland. (http://www.salvageworkspdx.com) This gave the table and benches a history and character that you can’t find in new wood, plus it meets our goal of using environmental materials when possible.