The majority of our clients looking to remodel their kitchen tend to have one thing in common: they want an open, spacious kitchen that is perfect for entertaining. It is not surprising, as the ‘open concept’ theme is a prevalent trend right now, and also because most parties and get-togethers are centered around food and drinks. As the heart of a home and the hub of the party, a spacious kitchen is the top of many homeowners’ want lists!
A Kitchen Designed for Entertaining: 6 Tips
1. Good ventilation in the kitchen
Open kitchens are great because they allow you to enjoy the party while prepping the food and cooking. But it is a more excellent experience for your guests if you have and use a great aeration system.
2. Work triangle and several prep areas
If you like getting help from your friends while cooking, design the work triangle to account for it. You do not want to bump into each other constantly. Make sure to get more than one preparation station and, ideally, a second water station with a small sink.
3. Incorporate an Island (or Two!)
Smaller kitchens don’t always accommodate an island, but an island is often an excellent option once the walls are removed, and the space is opened up. 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 love cooking, you might consider incorporating other extras into your islands, such as a prep sink or slide-out cutting board.
4. Service pantry
The following best after a scullery is a serving pantry. Put your wine cellar in the serving pantry instead of under the kitchen cabinet. It will be better placed. Use the serving pantry to store all your entertaining gear – dinnerware, serving ware, glassware, cutlery, and linens. If your guests are giving you a hand, the serving pantry simplifies the instructions. You save time and energy.
You do not need a separate room for having a serving pantry. That is what makes it different from the modern-day scullery room. Depending on the configuration of your house, custom-made build-in floor-to-ceiling closed cabinets are great for that purpose. The idea is to concentrate the storage of your entertaining equipment in a single place.
5. The ultimate bar station
Ideally, the bar station should be outside your kitchen but close by your kitchen. Otherwise, the next best thing is to set it outside your work triangle (fridge, sink, and stove). After that, you can have a custom-made wall unit with a preparation surface and a bar sink. Undercounter refrigeration units have come a long way. The beverage center neatly stores your soda pops, water bottles, juices, beers, and coolers. Beverage centers are also popular in the media room.
An automatic ice maker is a must. However, if you often entertain large groups all day long, take a look at a stand-alone ice maker machine that can produce up to 30 pounds of ice a day.