BUILT FOR ENTERTAINING ALL SUMMER LONG
Most new home designs lend themselves to entertaining and having guests over, with open-plan living spaces and easy access outdoors creating great spaces for guests to meet and mingle.
McDonald Jones Homes sales director Phil Haigh says getting the design of a home right can make it just perfect for entertaining throughout the summer months.
“You need an open-plan house design, including the central kitchen and good family living areas, leading into an outdoor alfresco,” he says. “It’s become very prevalent in the last five years, indoor-outdoor living, and very important to people.
“We’ve incorporated it in all our plans — we have even included a barbecue room adjacent to an alfresco in our Beachside design, it’s a dedicated room there for people to put a barbecue in.’’
Phil says McDonald Jones Homes is currently offering a free alfresco space with all its homes, including a concrete floor.
The McDonald Jones two-storey Edenvale design is displayed at Gregory Hills with a mirrorbacked wall of shelving alongside the dining area, perfect for a bar. Phil says the design is a great one for entertainers.
Additions such as racks for storing wine glasses and shelving for bottles adds to the barlike atmosphere.
“All the back rooms lead to the outside, there’s the dining area leading to the alfresco, the family room comes off the alfresco,” Phil says. “When you open those sliding doors the alfresco is in the house, it becomes part of the house.”
What works best
Phil says open-plan kitchens are also a key part of successful entertaining at home.
“It’s the central area where everybody meets,” he says. “We used to all sit around the dinner table in the old days, now we all sit around the island bench.”
A butler’s pantry is a popular new home inclusion for entertainers. Generally fitted out with a sink, they are a great way to keep the dirty plates and platters out of sight.
“The butler’s pantry is there to support the open kitchen,” Phil says.
“It’s where you can put all your dirty cups and saucers and plates from the barbecue, so they’re not in everybody’s way around the island bench.”
The Edenvale by McDonald Jones Homes features a stylish kitchen with direct access to the outdoors.