A custom built home designed for entertaining may look like any other well-designed home, but once inside, you’ll find some not-so-subtle differences. The kitchens will be larger and meticulously designed for efficiency.

The Curb Appeal

What people see from the street makes a big impression about how and what they think of your home. Work with the design team to make sure its landscaping, front elevation and front door reflect your taste and the statement you want to make to others about your custom built home.

The Foyer

A clearly defined foyer provides a space for you to welcome your guests. Size it according to the number of guests you anticipate. Be sure that there is a powder room nearby, although not visible from the foyer and that you have an adequate coat closet to hang the outerwear.

Traffic Flow

interior of open concept custom home with vaulted ceiling leather sofa chairs and grey sofa

The areas where you entertain should be just a few steps off the foyer, offering a comfortable seating area with smaller pockets for sitting or standing for conversations nearby. The dining area should flow from the living area and into the kitchen, which is commonly the hub of the home.

The Kitchen

Even if you plan to cater every party, you will need to have a convenient and spacious kitchen. As much as possible, plan the design so that it works for everyday living as well as feeding a crowd.

Consider these features for the kitchen:

The Patio

Outdoor living space is a must. Chilliwack’s climate is perfect for much of the year for entertaining outdoors. Consider including a fireplace, an outdoor kitchen, seating areas and landscaping. Water features like fountains provide visual anchors and soothing sounds.

If you put in a swimming pool or hot tub, plan a bathroom that guests can access without having to walk through your house. Inviting lighting with highlights on specimen plants and features improve walkway safety and enhance the yard’s beauty.

Bottom Line

Every step of a custom built home has its own challenges and rewards. The design process is especially rewarding, although it can be the most challenging as well. It will go much more smoothly with the design and construction expertise of Alair’s teams at your side, helping you achieve everything you want in your next home.