Whether cooking for two or ten, design your space for all to enjoy
Hosting friends and family in your home is a big job with a seemingly endless to-do list. There’s the cleaning marathon the day before, picking up ingredients, and grabbing a last-minute bottle of wine when you realize your stock is low. But no matter how much you have to prepare, inviting people over to enjoy a meal is one of the most rewarding ways to share your space. To get your home party-ready, Sweeten—a free service matching renovating homeowners with vetted general contractors—presents seven kitchens renovated with entertaining in mind.
Since Romuald and his wife love to cook, an open plan kitchen and dining room made perfect sense. A ten-foot-long island expands prep space and allows the couple to seat additional guests. The more, the merrier!
Sarah and Oleg’s double oven
A double oven makes cooking for a big meal a lot easier. By placing their new oven beneath the microwave, Sarah and Oleg devoted a spot to getting dishes ready in time.
Katharine and John’s kitchen island
A combined kitchen and living room shared one space, which didn’t leave Katharine and John much room for a dining table. Instead, they extended the lip of the countertop on their kitchen island so that it could double as a work surface or dining area.
Cat and Jordan’s organized drawers
In Cat and Jordan’s kitchen, deep drawers layered with inserts provide perfectly-sized compartments for silverware and utensils. Having a dedicated spot for each item, no matter how small, keeps things organized and makes it easy to find what you need in a pinch.
Ainsley and Simon’s kitchen island
A kitchen island with a built-in stove and microwave in an open plan apartment makes cooking part of the entertainment. Ainsley and Simon’s setup allows them to put last-minute touches on dishes while enjoying the company of friends and family.
Joel and Eric’s kitchen peninsula
To create a relationship between the kitchen and living room, Joel and Eric’s designer installed a unified countertop and peninsula that connected both spaces. The new counter provides a prep area in the kitchen and a buffet surface in the living room, where the couple’s dining table is located. At the end of the counter, a waterfall edge functions as a great spot for drinks and appetizers during dinner parties.
Tim and Lindsay’s kitchen cut-out
Tim and Lindsay’s cut-out joins their galley kitchen to the dining room, simplifying the task of setting out appetizers and coordinating clean-up after a meal. Plus, the custom bar cabinet nearby is ideal for keeping wine, liquor, and glasses within close reach. Cheers!
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