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When you think about entertaining where does your mind initially go? Are you the type who plans an elaborate menu first and works everything else around that, or do you head straight for memorable theme and décor, placing food as a lower priority? No matter your style of entertaining, you’ll want to peruse our list of what we consider to be custom home must-haves for entertaining.
When you think about being an engaging host or hostess and creating an enjoyable mood at your party, consider what you can do to put your guests at ease in your home. Interestingly enough, the features you choose to incorporate into your custom home can help achieve this aim.
1. Modern, Open Kitchen Design
Like it or not, the kitchen seems to be a social magnet, attracting knots of guests as they arrive. Designing a kitchen with a large island and plenty of open space allows conversations to develop and continue organically without making anyone feel claustrophobic. Ample counter space also provides areas for inviting placement of hors d’oeuvre or snack trays. Guests can easily mingle from one group to another with less chance of feeling awkward.
2. Wet Bar or Wine Cellar
Having drinks and ice at hand keeps the party going. Placing a wet bar between the high-traffic kitchen and the dining or family room establishes another gathering spot without impeding the overall traffic flow. For the wine enthusiast, a wine cellar may be the perfect custom room to add in the basement. Offer tours to your guests!
3. Main Floor Bathroom
You’ll want to include a main-floor powder bath in your custom home design, as it is not only convenient on a daily basis, but also indispensable at party time. Guests will feel much more comfortable using a restroom that is clearly not someone’s personal space, and you’ll feel more at ease not having people roaming through your house in search of the water closet. Leave on a small counter-top lamp or night light in the powder bath, and leave the door open, so that your guests can easily find the facilities.
4. Large Dining Room
If you enjoy hosting sit-down dinner parties, consider the size of your dining furniture–including chairs, table, console, hutch, buffet, etc.–when designing your architectural plan. How large is your table when extended to its fullest length? How much room does one require to scoot a chair out from under the table, sit down, and get back up? Will you have room to navigate around the table when guests are seated? While these may sound like trivial considerations now, they won’t when you’re hosting dinner for twelve.
5. Outdoor Living Features
More popular than ever, outdoor living areas expand entertaining space and can be utilized in all but the harshest of weather.