Another season of holiday hosting and once again you’re hauling patio chairs and card tables from the basement, scrambling to figure out the timing of multiple dishes in and out of your old oven, and chilling beverages in a cooler outside.
Now imagine this: Next year at this time—or even by Easter or Passover—you could be entertaining in a brand-new dining room and kitchen that is functional and beautiful, where everything you need is all there and preparing for guests becomes fun. This is possible when you work with a design/build team like 3W design, inc.
Traditional Home magazine calls kitchens “the social hub” of a home, so when remodeling or redesigning, think of these three things: beauty, comfort, and function.
An open floor plan flowing between the kitchen and dining area naturally lends itself to hosting guests, and gives lots of options for new seating, milling around and socializing.
Since they always end up in the kitchen anyway, give guests a ringside seat at an island. With a big enough kitchen, you can do double islands—or bring back the banquette around a corner table.
The benefits of a well-designed kitchen island include:
- More space for food prep
- Another grill or cooktop (induction cooktop is best, to prevent burns)
- Breakfast bar with a toaster or toaster oven for sleepovers
- Buffet area when entertaining
- Wet bar with sink
A kitchen remodel pays off in many ways, from greater convenience and functionality, to upgraded energy-efficiency appliances, to aesthetics—which adds up to resale value down the road.
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Make the most of your island’s foundation. Include a mini fridge or ice maker, wine rack and/or wine “captain” (cooler), slide-out drawers for table linens, vertical slots for large serving trays, or a microwave or warming drawer.
Still a favorite feature for entertaining and families, islands are multi-taskers. With an overhanging tabletop guests can pull up a seat while you prepare food, and it doubles as a breakfast bar. These days there are many seating options that put tacky bar stools to shame.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends having a workspace “aisle” of 42 inches between the island and your other counter. But don’t sweat the math. 3W’s designers will ensure you have enough space also to pull up captain’s chairs, with elbow room for seating, and comfortable pull-out room.
Go with the traffic flow.
And of course, you should be able to move through the “aisles” between the island and countertop and major appliances easily—even when doors are opened.
While we’re at it…
Other welcome additions include two sinks (including one on the island, so you don’t have your back to your guests while prepping or bartending), a couple of work stations, and the latest in cabinetry: with lighting, easy-glide drawers, etc.
When designing for entertaining, think outside the box, that is, the room. Windows (even a bay window in the dining room) can be transformed to French doors, for fair-weather entertaining in- and outdoors.
Make a statement with a dining room chandelier and floor-to-ceiling drapes. But be sure to incorporate the colors of both rooms—and a great room, if that’s part of the open floor plan—into the design for a coordinated look.
A butler’s pantry adds valuable cabinet and counter space for large serving pieces, glassware and china, as well as a staging area for caterers. Dirty dishes can be hidden away there for after-party clean-up.
Nice extras include a wet bar or beverage station/coffee bar, cabinets up high with glass-fronts and back lighting to display crystal used less often, a wine fridge, stacked ovens, an indoor grill or char broiler with exhaust hood.
Remodeling means making many choices, from flooring to lighting to wall color. So consider your entertaining and dining area tastes. Whether elegant and formal, sophisticated yet understated, or casual and laid-back, there are furnishings and fixtures to suit your style.
Clearly a kitchen-dining-entertaining remodel is an investment in your home. Trust it the kitchen experts at 3W design to bring your vision to life, and make your own home the life of the party!