How do you design a kitchen for entertaining?
Well, it depends on the type of entertaining.
For this condo refresh project in Sonoma, the clients wanted to be able to entertain friends and family for wine tastings, cocktail parties, and small dinners.
With the many great restaurants on the Sonoma town square, only a few minutes walk away, the clients felt like they didn’t need to be doing serious cooking when entertaining. They plan on having drinks with their guest before or after dinner, but usually dining at a restaurant on the square. If they do cook, it will be for only themselves and maybe one other couple.
So the kitchen has taken shape as a place to pour wine, mix cocktails, and serve appetizers or desserts. To that end, I’ve opened up the kitchen to the dining area, and extended the counter along the long wall. That’s a 19-foot counter! Along the way, there is a range, a dishwasher, a big sink, and a microwave, along with a serving counter.
The opposite wall is mostly open to the living room, with the refrigerator and an undercounter wine cooler, with space for serving glasses and liquor above.
It isn’t a kitchen for a family, or a serious cook who wants to feed hordes of people. This is a kitchen for appetizers and drinks, mostly, and small, casual meals.
But this is what remodeling your home is all about: making it fit your life, not trying to fit your life into somebody else’s vision. It is what an architect does.
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