Designing a dream house built for entertaining

Do you love to entertain and host big get-togethers? Consider these design ideas to make your space function well for entertaining — and for your day-to-day life.
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Are you the type of homeowner who likes to host get-togethers for your family and friends often but find your home doesn’t function the way you would like it to? If so, it might be time to consider renovating your home to become a place that lends itself better to entertaining.. Here are guest-friendly design ideas that will make home entertaining a breeze: 

Spacious entryway

Welcoming your guests to your home is easier when you have a wide front door and entryway. Plus it’s so much more impressive to have a grand statement entry. 

Hot tip: If space permits and it doesn’t interrupt the flow, place a bench or ottoman in your entryway. This provides a nice place for your guests to rest up for a bit or remove their shoes. Light up this area in such a way that they will feel at home.

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Mudroom with lots of storage space

If you have a spacious entryway, consider building a mudroom area. Create lots of storage space for your guest’s shoes, slippers, boots, jackets, bags, umbrellas, and raincoats. They will appreciate it if you have a dedicated and secure space where they can leave the items they don’t want to carry inside your house. Having a mudroom also ensures the main areas stay clean and tidy.

Credits: Angle Eye Photography / ELLE Magazine

Open-plan and indoor-outdoor areas

If you want to maximise your home’s hosting potential, take down several partition walls and open up interior rooms.

Open-plan spaces encourage people to move about and mingle with the other guests. It also makes a space feel comfortable, relaxed, and casual. 

For this to work, you need to create a good flow between the kitchen, dining, living room and the outdoor entertaining area. Use a massive glazed door to connect and separate the indoor and outdoor spaces. Create flexible seating arrangements to tackle different entertaining scenarios as well.

Outdoor kitchen and BBQ area

Guests tend to gather on your deck, porch, patio, or verandah so put some effort into designing and building these outdoor areas. Set up an outdoor kitchen, BBQ area, lounge, and a dining area. Protect this area from extreme sun and inclement weather. Grow tall hedges or put up fences to ensure privacy. 

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READ: How to Create an Amazing Outdoor BBQ Area

Formal dining room

If you love hosting homely but more formal gatherings (e.g. a sit-down dinner with your boss or with your partner’s family), your home should have a formal dining area. It’s best placed in a spacious room with a distinctive architectural feature such as a chandelier or pendant light. You will need to be able to fit  a complete dining table, a set of matching chairs, and a buffet.

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If space is limited, opt for an oval or round table. It’s space-saving and less awkward especially when you have an odd number of guests. No one has to sit alone or bump into a corner.

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Luxurious and bold stone dining table | Credits: www.finnishdesignshop.com

Kitchen island bar seating

Kitchens are the heart of home entertaining. It would be nice if your guests have a place where they can sit and chat while watching you cook.

Butler pantry

Build a compact walk-in pantry with deep open shelves and drawers. You need space to store your grocery supplies and entertaining essentials such as plates and serving platters. You can hide away all of your small appliances in here so your kitchen does not look cluttered while you entertain. For ease of access, the butler pantry needs to be an extension of the kitchen.

Second bathroom 

A guest bathroom or what we call a powder room is a significant addition to the main level of the house so it’s easy for guests to access. Place it near the lounge, preferably not located across from the dining area. 

Having a powder room is also great because you don’t have to worry about cleaning up your main bathroom each time you have people over.

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READ: What is a powder room and why do you need one?

Plunge pools

Unlike regular swimming pools, plunge pools are small, shallow, and built for lounging and relaxing. Most homeowners prefer this type of pool in their backyard because it requires less water and is more affordable to build and easier to maintain. 

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Superdraft project in Alderley QLD

Recreation areas

Take your home entertaining game to the next level when you build feature areas like a minibar with a serving station, a wine cellar, a home theatre, or a gaming room. You don’t have to build a lot of recreation areas, just the ones that match your personality, passion, and lifestyle. 

The design ideas mentioned above are the things that will make your guests’ (and your own) experience more fun and comfortable. Consider these when planning your renovation and new home project. 

In addition, check out our expert design and decorating tips below. These little details will never go unnoticed:

  • Install a nice front door to welcome your guests as they walk towards it. 
  • Use lighting to create the ambience you want. 
  • Install impressive acoustics to block the noise coming from outside and the other rooms. 
  • Use lots of light colours to make a compact living room feel bigger, but add pops of colour to make the space more inviting.
  • Impress your guests with automated Smart Home features and motion sensor tapware. 
  • Use a decorative mirror to accentuate the room. 
  • Try to avoid the matching “one sofa, two chairs” seating arrangement. Arrange your furniture in a more casual way. 
  • Choose a sofa made from a material that’s easy to care for. You want your guests to feel comfortable and not worried about spilling wine on your sofa. 

Are you a big entertainer? We hope these design features are some of the things that you would like to see or wish you have in your home!

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