5 Kitchen Features that Make Summer Entertaining Easy
As the weather begins to warm up, we’re already looking forward to a summer full of barbecues and dinner parties with friends and family.
But if your kitchen isn’t up to the task, entertaining could end up being more exhausting than exciting. So whether you’re renovating your existing kitchen or building new, it’s a good idea to think about the design elements that make entertaining easy. A well-designed kitchen will mean that you can enjoy your summers for years to come.
With years of experience in building new kitchens in Sydney, we know a thing or two about designing kitchens that you and your guests will love to spend time in.
Here are our top five features for easy summer entertaining.
1. Bifold doors
It might not technically be a kitchen feature, but the best entertainer’s kitchens blur the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.
Installing bi-fold or French doors easily allow you to open up your kitchen to your outdoor area, creating one large entertaining space instead of two separate closed-off areas.
Guests can pop in and out of the kitchen as they need, and it’s easy to carry plates outside.
If your kitchen layout doesn’t allow for bifold doors, bifold windows give you many of the same benefits. Opt for a wider window sill that can double as a bar bench, and place stools on the other side. Serve your guests and pass dishes back inside with next to no effort.
2. Open plan design
No one likes a cramped kitchen – and we’ve never heard of guests making a kitchen feel bigger!
If you’ve ever hosted people over, you’ll know that entertaining involves a lot of coming and going from the kitchen. An open layout is a must-have for all new kitchens in Sydney. Kitchens with plenty of entry and exit points make it easy to come and go as you need to, and helps to keep guests out from under your feet.
Island benches are great for entertaining – your guests can sit and chat to you while you prepare or clean up, and it’s easy to run out plates of food as they’re ready.
Place your fridge at the perimeter of your kitchen, so guests can help themselves to a drink without getting in the way.
3. Wine fridge
On the topic of drinks, more serious entertainers may want to opt for a wine fridge to make sure your guests are never without a drink in hand.
Pick a unit with controllable temperature zones, so you’ll never be left waiting for that bottle to cool down in the fridge on a hot summer night.
4. Ample storage
If you entertain regularly throughout the summer, you’ll want to have your serving ware and crockery within easy reach.
Pull-out cupboards are a great way to make the most of deep cabinets while keeping your small appliances in the pantry can help to free up valuable bench space.
Consider installing some additional cabinetry in your alfresco area to make setting the table a breeze.
5. A good dishwasher
Cleaning up may be the least enjoyable part of entertaining, but you can make it easier on yourself with high-quality appliances.
Opt for a full-size dishwasher that can comfortably be loaded with all your pots, pans and plates. Putting everything straight in the dishwasher rather than letting dishes pile up in the sink means you can spend more time with your guests, and less time washing up.