One of our favorite holidays is just around the corner – Thanksgiving! A time to make the most of our homes to celebrate family and another year together. If you’ve been thinking about remodeling your home, it’s likely that how to make the most of your kitchen and living areas for family gatherings has been at the forefront of your mind at this time of year. Here are a few top items to consider when redesigning for family Thanksgiving.
Go Open Plan
If you intend to regularly host large numbers of friends and family, it’s wise to design for space and seating. Consider opening up your home, from individual kitchen and dining areas to one larger, open plan space. An open plan space can also encourage continuous interaction between guests in the living area and those in the kitchen, so everyone feels a part of the party.
An open floor plan can help keep the family close as you prepare the Thanksgiving meal.
Add a Central Island
A central island is a great way to add extra seating right in the hub of your kitchen area. Guests can sit and share wine with you while you cook, or kids can sit at the island and help prepare food or play games.
An island can add some seating for your guests as well as extra prep space.
Upgrade Your Appliances
One of the most important parts of Thanksgiving Day is the delicious family dinner. New, reliable appliances can make this extensive meal easier to cook, taking some of the stress out of hosting a meal for many. A new oven, dishwasher, stove or even microwave can go a long way to making your life easier.
Upgraded appliances can actually make you want to cook that big meal!
Cozy Corner for Kids
One easy alteration to your home is adding a kid’s corner, an area for children to play, sit and enjoy their time together. Add cushions, beanbags, games and toys for a child-friendly corner that’s part of the adult world but a space of their own.
Make sure to have a cozy kid-friendly area for kids to gather and play while the adults catch up.
Durable Counter Tops and Flooring
For homes that will experience plenty of hosting and visits from younger guests, durability is key. Choose durable counter tops made from materials such as tile, which is easy to maintain and keep clean, or quartz, a stain and impact resistant material that requires minimal maintenance. Natural stone tile, concrete and ceramic tile are all popular options for a resilient, durable kitchen floor.
With extra foot traffic and use, make sure your floors and counters are made of durable material that are easily cleaned.
Looking for more ways to make your home hosting and Thanksgiving friendly? Contact the experts at Reliable Home Improvement for advice and guidance tailored to your home and unique needs.