They say the kitchen is the heart of every home. Centrally located and full of tasty surprises, the kitchen is a destination in any home. Whether you like to host your family or your entire neighborhood, your kitchen should be ready for action at all times.
If you’re thinking about renovating your kitchen to become the perfect setting to entertain, here are some ideas to make it happen. Wrap your mind around the idea of creating a party-ready kitchen, designed to meet all your family and entertaining needs with ease.
Boost Your Storage
No matter what your entertaining style, you’ll need additional shelves, drawers and cubbies for china and glassware, serving pieces and silverware, tablecloths and napkins, candlesticks and bread baskets. Calculate your storage needs early in the planning process; think about the “old-fashioned” idea of installing a butler’s pantry! Even if your idea of a party is paper plates, plastic forks and bottles of beer, plan a way to stow the burger buns, bags of chips and condiments until it’s time to serve.
Designate Kitchen Zones
No matter how large or small your kitchen, multiple work stations will serve crowds or accommodate a crowd of cooks. Nothing gets in the way of a party faster than having to elbow others out of the way!
Create Traffic Lanes
Think about circulation. If you plan to have crowds in your kitchen, widen the aisles and try to create a logical path for guests who come to help or hang out. Islands and peninsulas are great solutions, keeping gawkers at bay while encouraging conversation.
Set Up Serving Counters
Score an “A” in your party kitchen with lots of counter space. A large island will double as a buffet table. A beverage center along one wall will eliminate congestion. Include a bar sink, an ice maker and under-counter wine chiller or refrigerator. Add glass-door cabinets above to showcase your barware.
Show Off Your Stuff
Think about the things you love. If you have a collection of antique milk glass or old cast-iron cooking pots, find a way to display them. On open shelves or behind glass doors, Grandma’s teacups or those funky salt and pepper shakers from your travels are great conversation starters. Your collections are great party props!
Add Some Spice
Give way to a passion for Asian foods by installing a built-in wok and steamer. Provide a designated butcher block counter adjacent to a second sink for vegetable chopping and sushi prep. Store Asian spices and special serving dishes nearby. Cater to your own specialties, whether pizza or pie-making.
Today, there are specialized tools and appliances to fulfill all needs. Install two separate microwave ovens and a warming drawer if that sounds like an “entertaining” idea. Add a soda dispenser, an under-counter beer keg or a wine tap. Consider an indoor grill if you can’t make it through the winter without a perfectly grilled steak.
Whatever you deem important for your party room, our professional designers would love to help you transform your suburban Chicago kitchen into your vision of great space. Call us and let’s get that party going.