The in-home gathering is back! And we’re heading into peak entertainment season with the holidays right around the corner. Starting with Halloween, it’s non-stop party time until New Year’s Eve. And whether you’re having the family for Thanksgiving or a New Year’s bash with friends, your home’s kitchen is likely going to get some increased use. This means it’s a perfect time for some kitchen updates for holiday entertaining straight from the minds of our friendly Santa Maria plumbers.
Raise Your Countertop
Raising a section of your countertop to bar height not only gives you a more convenient surface for prep work, but it also creates a space for entertaining. Guests can gather around, whether standing or sitting on bar stools. A raised bar also acts as a room divider in an open floorplan, delineating where the kitchen stops, and the party starts.
Expand the Island
If you have a kitchen island, there are many different options to expand it to create a space excellent for entertainment. Consider widening the space to create a separation of the workspace and sitting area. You can also create a T-shaped island or extend it into a dining table.
Build a Wet Bar
A wet bar, with a sink, ice maker, and drink fridge, is ideal for creating a separate area within the kitchen for guests to get drinks and congregate around. If installing new plumbing for a wet bar isn’t an option, consider creating a separate bar (or coffee bar) area with storage areas for wine, and spirits and a fridge for cold drinks. Even if it doesn’t have a sink or icemaker, guests can still belly up for a drink or two.
Open up the Floorplan
If you plan on your kitchen is the focal point of your holiday entertainment plans, an open floor plan is a must. This way, you can prepare drinks and food while simultaneously interacting with guests. Short on space? Well, if you have a dining room that’s seldom used, you can commandeer that space for your new entertainment kitchen.
Upgrade Old Appliances
If you’re entertaining, your kitchen is going to get a workout. That means old appliances may not be up for the task. A larger refrigerator and freezer, double range, warming drawers and specialty beverage refrigerators are a must for entertaining. Also, if folks are using the kitchen to gather, you’ll want the sleek, modern look of refreshed appliances.
Think About Your Sink
The kitchen sink is not only the focal point of the space, but it’s also the workhorse of the room. So, you’ll want to consider its utility during holiday celebrations. A large industrial sink can accommodate the increased glassware and dishes used during parties while also keeping things out of sight as much as possible until you have the time to wash them. There are even plenty of design options for kitchens that might not have the space for a large, industrial sink – such as a farmhouse style, deeper sinks, or sinks with a front apron.
For more ideas on kitchen updates for holiday entertaining, or for help with any upgrades you have planned, don’t hesitate to call our professional Santa Maria plumbers at Griffin. We’re always a call or click away.