As you’re preparing holiday meals, entertaining, and hosting family from out of town, it’s the perfect time to think about what you’d like to change about the way your kitchen looks and works.

Most people would agree that the kitchen is more than just a place for cooking, especially at this time of the year. Many families prefer a casual style of entertaining, with friends chatting in the kitchen while sipping wine or nibbling appetizers. And during the rest of the year, family members gather in the kitchen, getting ready for their day each morning or having an evening snack. It’s a hub where family activities are tracked and a place where kids do their homework.

Custom kitchen by Chagrin River Company

Custom kitchen by Chagrin River Company

Conventional kitchen designs are often inadequate for today’s lifestyles, but with a little bit of inspiration, a kitchen can be redesigned and remodeled to better fit its multiple uses, including entertaining.

Laying It All Out

In a kitchen that’s used for both cooking and entertaining, the layout should create smooth traffic patterns and make it possible for more than one person to work at a time. Family or friends who are not helping will feel more comfortable gathering in an open kitchen with enough space outside of the work area for them to relax without being in the way. A casual floor plan that is open to the family room or dining room allows kitchen traffic to flow easily in and around the space.

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Custom kitchen by Chagrin River Company

A Natural Gathering Spot

An important design element is an island, which can play a big part in creating a layout suitable for socializing in the kitchen. A dual-height island with a lower level for food prep and a higher level for bar-height seating at stools or for serving food buffet-style makes entertaining even easier.

Beverage Station

This popular kitchen element brings together what’s needed to store and serve everything from vintage wine to morning smoothies. It’s perfect for an added touch of convenience when you’re entertaining.

kitchen beverage center remodeling photo

Custom kitchen by Chagrin River Company

A  stand-alone ice maker and wine-cooling refrigerator or dual-zone beverage fridge remain outside the food prep area, tucked under a counter for easy access by guests. Cups, stemware, silverware, coffee, tea and sugar are all organized within reach, alongside adult beverages set out for a party. A bar sink makes the beverage center complete. You’ll have everything a thirsty guest could want, all in one place.

Make a List, We’ll Check it Twice!

Kitchen remodels, while rewarding, can be challenging to plan, and kitchen trends are always changing. That’s why we’re here! With our creativity, experience and design know-how, we can explain your options and make recommendations you may not have even considered. We’ll ensure you’re getting everything you want and need from your beautiful new open kitchen. Let’s talk!

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