Top Dream Kitchen Must-Haves for New Year Entertaining
Make 2018 the year you finally get your dream kitchen!
There’s nothing quite like holiday entertaining. The festive scents of honey ham, gingerbread cookies, and pine needles warmly welcome friends and family into our homes.
We gather to share a meal and stories from the past. In return, these sweet moments make new memories our children will treasure.
If your outdated kitchen has prevented you from hosting parties or holiday gatherings, then it might be time to remodel. Before you start your new kitchen, we have three words of advice: plan, plan, plan.
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As design-build professionals, we often get asked, “What items should I include in my kitchen remodel?” Our typical answer is “It depends.”
Since every person’s situation is unique, we want to take the time to get to know you.
Selecting items for your kitchen renovation should be based on the following criteria: (1) size of your area; (2) number of people you host; (3) availability of quality products; (4) budget; and (5) personal preference.
As we discuss the top kitchen amenities for entertaining, we invite you to think about your own home and how you live. Make a list of the items that interest you, and then share your must-haves in the Comments below.
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8 Elements That Will Make Entertaining Easier
1. Open-Concept Floor Plan
Perfect for entertaining and family time, open floor plans allow the host to join the party. Friends and family can conduct different activities but still be physically together in the same space.
2. Double Oven and Warming Drawer
If you want to host dinner parties and holiday feasts, a double oven is worth considering. You can prepare multiple dishes at the same time, so say goodbye to tight cooking schedules and the stress of baking items at altered temperatures.
In addition, warming drawers keep food warm while you prepare other foods inside the oven.
3. Kitchen Island
Islands have evolved from simple countertop workspaces to entertaining essentials. To make the most of this large kitchen element, incorporate functional features such as seating, a prep sink, a cooktop, a microwave, and even a garbage can.
4. Coffee Bar
Elevate your holiday entertaining with a home coffee bar. But don’t stop with just one brew. Stock your coffee station with tea and hot cocoa fixings too, ensuring all of your guests will be toasty warm all winter long.
5. Designated Storage Spaces
There’s nothing quite like guests knocking at your front door to make you resent your unorganized rooms. A lack of storage space is frustrating. Let Benjamin Franklin’s words be your guide when it comes time to redesign your kitchen: “A place for everything, everything in its place.”
6. Wet Bar
If you love to host parties, it’s time to raise the bar of your home design. An integrated wet bar located near your kitchen will make preparing drinks for guests more convenient.
7. Beverage Fridge
Adding a beverage refrigerator to your entertainment area benefits both you and your guests. Visitors feel more comfortable grabbing a drink from a beverage fridge rather than your family’s regular refrigerator. Whether you plan on serving beer, wine, water, or soda, having extra beverages close at hand saves you from running to the kitchen every time someone wants a drink.
8. Multi-Purpose Space
Often, simple solutions are best. That’s the case for one area that can serve more than one purpose. The perfect example is a desk in your kitchen. It can also be used as a counter for food or beverages. Located out of the kitchen work triangle, this area works especially well when entertaining.
Let’s get your party started!
In conclusion, a kitchen designed for entertaining is all about function and convenience. From the proper layout to high-quality appliances, there are a number of features that can keep you organized and efficient.
Working with a certified kitchen designer ensures you’ll get the most from your space and budget.