Sophisticated, inviting, and fun. Welcome to the envy of the neighborhood – the perfect entertainer’s kitchen. From the big ball games to annual holiday gatherings with family and friends, this kitchen serves as the functional backdrop where good times are had and memories are made. But how do you transform your kitchen into the perfect entertainer’s kitchen?
A kitchen perfectly customized for entertaining goes beyond state-of-the-art appliances like induction stoves, double ovens, and large dishwashers. Sure these are great and will most certainly allow you to cook and clean with ease, but there are other aspects to consider. Two top items are countertops and cabinets.
Custom countertops, like those from The Kitchen Man, allow you to maximize prep and serving space in your kitchen. If you want your kitchen to work harder for you …and you expect a lot of action in the kitchen, you’ll want to make sure you select a countertop surface like quartz or granite. This article from Consumer Reports takes a look at some of the pros and cons behind several countertop materials and states both quartz and granite in particular hold up well against the heat of hot pots, scarring from serrated knives, scrubbing of abrasive pads, and even most stains.
With varied edge details and sink options, you can truly personalize your home’s hub with custom countertops. There are literally dozens of options for the edge detail. And when it comes to sink options, you can not only make your countertops stand out but improve function. For example, a vegetable sink with a macerator provides a way to turn any countertop into a prep-chef workstation and undermount sinks allow easy clean up options for cooks and hosts.
Custom cabinets also give you an opportunity to further personalize your dream kitchen. Cabinetry usually provides for basic storage, however, cabinets, like those in a kitchen designed by The Kitchen Man, offer added functionality and increased efficiency so you can the most out of your investment. For example, if you love to wine and dine your guests, a self-service bar or butler’s pantry could be a great feature to incorporate. You can include wine racks in cabinets and coolers under countertops so your guests have easy access to drinks. Consider working with a designer to craft a space to display barware, like glass wall/shelf cabinets featuring LED lighting or a stemware holder that matches your cabinetry.
When it comes to optimizing your cabinets for entertaining, consider incorporating drawers capable of storing dinnerware. These can work well in a middle drawer of a base cabinet and can feature wooden pegs for a custom configuration or removable storage “trays” that allow you to easily move multiple plates and/or bowls at one time. And to keep things neat and tidy, a pull-out waste basket unit can be incorporated into a base cabinet in your kitchen. If you have the space, work with your contractor to create a unit that can house both garbage and recycling.
Working with an industry expert like The Kitchen Man to design and renovate your kitchen can elevate your entertaining experience. When your kitchen is complete, you’ll be able to more fully enjoy your home’s centerpiece. The perfect entertainer’s kitchen is sure to be the favorite place for your friends and family to gather, too!