The majority of our clients that are looking to remodel their kitchen tend to have one thing in common: they want an open, spacious kitchen that is perfect for entertaining. This is not surprising, as the ‘open concept’ theme is a very popular trend right now, and also because most parties and get-togethers are centered around food and drinks. As the heart of the home and the hub of the party, a spacious kitchen is at the top of many homeowners’ want list!
Here are some tips for designing the ideal kitchen for entertaining:
1. Open up the Surrounding Rooms
As the kitchen is the center of the action, having open access to surrounding rooms will make your guests feel comfortable and allow everyone to enjoy the company. Many older homes have a small kitchen that is closed off from the dining and living rooms. Not only does this isolate the cook from the guests, but it can also create the issue of an over-crowded kitchen. The first component of a kitchen that is ideal for entertaining is to remove the dividing walls and create a flowing, open floorplan and a larger kitchen space.
2. Incorporate an Island (or Two!)
Smaller kitchens don’t always accommodate an island, but once walls are removed and the space is opened up, an island is often a great option. Kitchen islands create some division in an open floor plan while providing counter space, storage, and additional seating for guests. Islands can also house appliances, such as dishwashers, wine coolers, or a sleek microwave drawer. If you really love cooking, you might consider incorporating other extras into your island, such as a prep sink or slide-out cutting board.
If your kitchen is large enough, you could even consider adding two islands. One can be used as a prep station, while the other can be for serving or seating guests. This set up does require a lot of space, but it can really improve the functionality of a kitchen, especially if entertaining a large crowd is a priority.
3. Create a Comfortable Environment
Just because the kitchen is primarily for preparing meals doesn’t mean it should be designed for business only. It’s important to make design choices that will ensure your guests are comfortable and can mingle with the cook without being tempted to go lounge on the couch in front of the TV. Incorporate ample seating with plush bar stools, spacious booths, and even a cozy fireplace for guests to cuddle up next to. You might also consider installing a sound system into your kitchen, which can really create a fun, lighthearted atmosphere.
4. Offer Outdoor Options
Many kitchens and living areas are located near an outdoor space or patio. If your floor plan and budget allows for it, consider installing French doors or sliding panels that can easily open the party up to the outdoors. This can create a nice atmosphere on mild evenings, and also provide your guests with more seating options.
5. Choose the Right Appliances
A big part of remodeling your kitchen involves selecting all the necessary appliances. Consider what kind of range/cooktop that has the right features to meet your needs. You’ll also want to choose a good ventilation system to install above the cooktop. Stacked wall ovens, dishwashers, wine coolers and microwave drawers are also among appliances that can be included. Size, style, finish and features should all play a role in the selection process.
6. Include a Beverage Station
A beverage station for tea or coffee is a fun, unique amenity to include in your remodeled kitchen, and is especially great for hosting brunch get-togethers or casual nights in. Choose a coffeemaker or espresso machine and stock surrounding cabinetry with mugs, teacups, glassware, and mix-ins. This can also be a big hit with hot cocoa or cider during holiday parties.
While each kitchen remodel is different based on the needs of the homeowner, these 6 tips will help you get a head start on the process and determine what matters most to you when hosting guests. Because the kitchen plays such a big role in entertaining, it’s definitely important to consider all of the options for features, functionality, layout and design.
If you need help creating the perfect kitchen design to meet your lifestyle and needs, contact us today!
The Medford Remodeling Team