Ready to upgrade your kitchen to help gatherings go smoothly?
If you’re like us, you love to entertain your friends and family.
You’ve most likely looked at your living spaces for optimal flow and comfort. Whether putting together a gathering, large or small, and in any season, you know your space needs to be functional and efficient.
As the kitchen is the main hub for entertaining, a few changes can get your space soiree-ready. Here, we look at recent High Class Builders kitchen renovations that keep homeowners entertainment-ready. Organized pantries, a peninsula or island for workspace, or removing walls so that everyone is brought in on the action are just a few ideas.
1. There ain’t no party without a pantry
Any chef will tell you, you should always keep some basic culinary staples in the house.
Even a simple stash allows you to throw together a last-minute dinner party. But storing these must-have ingredients (think stocks, spices, and starches) means freeing up space in your kitchen. That’s where a well-designed pantry comes in!
These pantries are also clutch even if you have a longer time to plan a party, since they can be used to store your serving dishes and other accouterments.
That was the case for our homeowner clients Cindy and Manuel. They chose shallower cabinets but a wider pantry unit. “You won’t lose anything in the back and can save the money by not adding the mechanical pullouts you would need for deep pantries,” says Cindy.
2. Open concept = Open house
Having a large space to host is a homeowner’s dream. However, many spaces don’t start out open and airy, especially if your home or apartment is older. But by taking down a wall or even just part of it, you can make your kitchen more inviting and comfortable for guests when entertaining.
A Beverly Hills, California, couple (above) reached out to us for turning their “old” kitchen into a more livable space—with room for entertaining.
We tore down two walls, including the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create an open concept. Plus, we also found enough space for an island counter—a double win for entertaining!
Lila and Carlos’ Los Angeles kitchen renovation with High Class Builders also included a redesign of their kitchen layout.
They asked us to knock down a wall to get better sightlines to the windows in their living room. Unfortunately, the entire wall could not be removed as it was load-bearing. So we took down as much of the wall as possible but were still able to make a space that is great for entertaining.
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3. Kitchen islands provide staging space
Incorporating a center island in kitchen design has long been popular, and for good reason!
Kitchen islands provide a large meal prep area, as well as space for guests to gather around. Kitchen islands are great for storage, too. High Class Builders homeowner and frequent party host, Dan, included a center island in his recent kitchen remodel for exactly these reasons.
“People like to congregate in the kitchen when they arrive. I wanted to have a space that didn’t interfere with the process of making dinner,” says Dan (above).
“With a much bigger peninsula, we confine the prep/cooking work to one half of the surface while making room for an attractive presentation on the other.”
Ben and Julia also wanted a kitchen island included in their High Class Builders renovation plans. It was important to “make smarter use of the space… and be flexible for when their children and grandchildren visit.”
4. Get the appropriate appliances
When renovating, you have to divide your “must-have” vs. “nice-to-have” design elements.
And, if you love entertaining, you know it’s all about the food. Even though their kitchen was only 70-square-feet, High Class Builders homeowners and avid cooks Kensey and John (above) made it their focus to include full-size appliances.
That meant a 30-inch stove, a large refrigerator, and a dishwasher. “After much finagling, we found a layout that allowed for everything I wanted and more (somehow, I even fit a wine fridge),” says Kensey. With their new entertainment kitchen, the couple can create their favorite dishes for friends and family more easily.
Chris and Jenny, also avid cooks, wanted a chef-friendly, modern yet simple redesign for their galley kitchen. But unlike a lot of homeowners, they wanted to keep the layout. Chris considers the galley configuration a residential approximation of a commercial restaurant line. Rather than lamenting its limits, he saw it as a pro’s set-up. Wherever you’re standing, everything is within reach!
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