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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.

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