If you love entertaining, there are a few must-haves you should look for when choosing a new home design to build. Entertaining usually revolves around eating, drinking, chatting and relaxing, so the most important spaces to consider are the kitchen, dining, living and alfresco areas. Whether you enjoy hosting dinner parties, Christmas celebrations or casual barbecues, here are some of the most sought after features, as well as Hallmark Homes’ most popular house plans for entertaining.
Make a great first impression
Before we get down to the nitty-gritty of what makes a great entertainer, there’s one thing that often gets overlooked by new home buyers. What will your guests see when they arrive? First impressions are greatly influenced by your home’s street appeal, including the façade and landscaping. Once guests reach the front door, it’s time to think about the entryway and details such as the front door, lighting, colour choices and décor. How you style and decorate your home says a lot about you and the kind of entertainer you are. Above all, try and create a welcoming environment for guests.
Create the ultimate entertainers’ kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of home entertaining, so it needs to be designed for ease and efficiency. Here’s how to create a kitchen that’s made for fabulous food, good friends and lots of fun!
Lots of storage
Make sure your kitchen has ample storage including a combination of cupboards, drawers and open shelving, so it’s easy to store everything you need. If you like to cater your own functions, you choose good quality appliances designed to make entertaining easy.
Oversized island bench
A generous island bench is the perfect centrepiece for an entertainer’s kitchen, providing a casual area where guests can hang out while you’re prepping. Quality stone benchtops not only look stunning, but are also durable and easy to clean. Complement your island bench with some comfortable stools, so guests can relax with a drink, while chatting to you.
Handy butler’s pantry
There’s one feature that will really take your kitchen to the next level – the butler’s pantry. Not only does it add extra storage and prep space, but it also provides a handy place to hide mess while you prep for your gathering – leaving the kitchen looking great! Check out the Manly 223 home design from Hallmark’s Luma range, to see just how well it works!
It may sound obvious, but your kitchen should have a layout that’s practical and efficient. A triangular configuration that keeps the sink, fridge and cooktop within easy reach works best. And make sure you position the fridge where guests can grab a drink, without getting in your way.
Open up your home
Not surprisingly, open plan living has become the gold standard in contemporary home design, providing generous spaces where guests can relax, without feeling hemmed in. As well as enhancing the spacious feeling of your new home, an open plan design also allows you to keep socialising, even when you’re in the kitchen!
Extend your space with an alfresco
Enjoying the outdoors is an integral part of the South East Queensland lifestyle, and most of us love hosting barbecues, parties and gatherings outdoors, while still having protection from the elements. A seamless transition between inside and out creates another practical living area for entertaining. Incorporating large sliding doors and lots of glass in your new home will help achieve this. To take your alfresco to the next level, consider creating an outdoor kitchen. Whether you want to keep it simple with a stand-alone barbecue, or go all out with an integrated barbecue, benchtop, sink fridge or pizza oven, your alfresco can become an impressive outdoor entertainment zone!