If you’re someone, who like most Novocastrians, loves hosting gatherings and parties, designing your home to cater for entertaining becomes a top priority.
As Newcastle architects, we’ve worked with countless clients to transform their homes to better suit their lifestyles and to become the perfect space for entertaining family and friends.
We’ve outlined some ideas you should consider during the design phase.
If you’re lucky to have a beach view, a view of Lake Macquarie or of the nature reserves across Newcastle – don’t hide it!
Incorporate your view into your home’s design with large floor-to-ceiling windows to offer unobstructed views. Alongside this, design an open floor plan that seamlessly integrates living areas, dining spaces and the kitchen to allow the eye to wander freely and fully appreciate the view.
Another way to appreciate a view is by immersing in the outdoors itself. If you’re designing a multiple-storey home, incorporating a balcony, terrace or rooftop retreat can provide the perfect vantage point.
Not only can a good home design show off the best views, but it can also hide anything that’s less desirable, like your neighbour’s backyard.
Further to the previous idea, Newcastle’s mild climate makes outdoor entertaining delightful, especially on beautiful sunny days and those mild summer nights.
Create an inviting oasis by incorporating features such as a large deck, an outdoor kitchen, a bar area or add a sense of luxury with a swimming pool or a spa.
A well-designed kitchen is the heart of any home, especially when it comes to entertaining. Consider installing a spacious kitchen island that not only provides ample preparation space but also acts as a central gathering point for guests.
High-quality appliances, plenty of storage, and thoughtful lighting will ensure that cooking and hosting is a seamless experience.
One of the fundamental principles of designing a home for entertaining is to embrace an open-concept layout. Knock down walls and create spacious, flowing areas that seamlessly connect the kitchen, dining room, and living spaces. This will encourage interaction between your guests and allow for a comfortable flow of movement.
Always remember that you’re designing this home for yourself – to suit your lifestyle and interests. If you have the space to incorporate dedicated entertainment zones allow these to cater to your interests, whether it’s a home theatre, a games room or a space for your children to enjoy (while you’re hosting on your new deck).
With thoughtful planning and attention to detail, your home can become the perfect space for gatherings. At Craggspace Architecture we believe that good design is for everyone, working with Newcastle homeowners to design their dream homes, whether it’s a custom home, renovation or an extension.