The Bowman plan has two different versions. In the early versions of the plan, there was a formal dining space. However, there wasn't a very large laundry, mudroom, or pantry. So as the plan evolved, there is no longer a formal dining space as families tend to prefer the dining area connected to the kitchen and living and have a great laundry/mudroom area plus a larger pantry. We think both versions are great, it just depends on what works best for you!