Help me organize this living/dining rectangle nightmare!
We're buying a condo because it's a great deal in an extremely expensive town that we would otherwise never be able to afford. It's actually an affordable homeownership opportunity. The whole unit is 1250 sq ft., which is totally adequate for our family of 4 and we plan to live small. However, the layout downstairs is terrible! The unit was built on a slab, so we have no storage other than the small space you can see attached to the bathroom. The plan as of now is for that to house the kids' toys, since we're not the type of family to play in our rooms. Our children will share a bedroom upstairs, and that's going to house only books and soft toys.
How can we arrange this downstairs living space?! We want to have a TV down there, but ideally everything isn't centered around it. The TV we have can mount on the wall, if necessary. We also have a rectangular dining table that seats the 4 of us comfortably (and has expansion leaves) that we'd like to bring with us. Otherwise, we're happy to sell our existing furniture and buy whatever will work. We've tried drawing a layout, and we just can't seem to make it work. The entryway really cuts into the living room and seems to be mostly unusable space. Can you help?