The cook space is the heart of the home—and the party
Hosting friends and family in your home is a big job with a seemingly endless to-do list, from the cleaning marathon the day before to the inescapable, last-minute trip to the wine store. One way to make the whole process easier: design your kitchen with entertaining top-of-mind. These homeowners, who all renovated with Sweeten, did just that when remodeling their culinary spaces.
Keep it open
Let’s face it, the host shouldn’t be hidden away from guests while prepping hors d’oeuvres. A layout that leaves the kitchen exposed to the dining area allows you to enjoy your own party while keeping the food and drinks flowing.
(Above) Open dining area and kitchen
(Above) Dividing kitchen island
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(Above) Double ovens
(Above) Double sinks
Think smart storage
When you’re rushing to set the table before guests arrive or putting the last touches on a meal, you’ll be grateful dishes and utensils are in sight.
(Above) Shallow drawer
(Above) Pull-out pantry
Make it work
Placing the workhorse of your kitchen (the stove) in a central location like an island or peninsula allows hosts to put the last touches on a meal while talking to their guests.
(Above) Working island
(Above) Cook space island
A final note: Use these suggestions and ideas as guidelines for your own kitchen renovation. Layout, budget, and space are major game-changers when it comes to remodeling, so for some, an open floor plan or giant kitchen island may not be an option. The most important thing is to design a space you love.
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