How do you like to entertain? Formal or informal, quiet conversations or game and movie nights, your entertaining preferences play a big role in determining the home that’s just right for you. 

Designing a home for entertainingOne of the hallmarks of today’s home plans is a more “open” layout, with the eating area, kitchen and great room all open to each other, so that everyone is part of the fun. An open floor plan really pulls entertaining or family life together.

More than just eliminating walls, today’s kitchens are being designed with attention to views from the kitchen of fireplaces, entertainment centers, etc. Open designs have also focused new attention on views into the kitchen. This has been one reason for the rising popularity of stainless steel appliances and glass front cabinets facing the adjoining space(s).

Finally, it’s inevitable when friends get together that someone else in the home needs privacy—whether studying, catching up on work brought home, or needing to get some sleep. Splitting secondary bedrooms from the owner’s suite, and distancing bedrooms from entertaining areas provide such solace and “quiet” from the ongoing party.