Iowa New Homes: What’s Your Entertaining Style?

Woman-Centric Design for Des Moines Custom Homes

by admin on February 19, 2013


What’s the difference between a house and a luxury dream home? Ultimately, it’s the memories that you create over the years with family and friends. Home is a place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, formal holiday gatherings and casual Summer barbeques. Your home should be a reflection of how you spend time with family and friends.

Whether your idea of entertaining is fine china and cocktails or hot dogs and soda, a custom home builder can help you create a design that makes it easy, effortless, and enjoyable to turn any event into a memorable occasion. In fact, many families find that they can build a custom home that is completely personalized for their lifestyle for about the same cost as a production home.

Here are just a few of the ways that your Iowa custom home builder can help you design a home that will make you feel proud to host family and friends:

Design for Formal Entertaining

Formal entertaining can include a holiday feast for extended family, a special celebration for a milestone birthday, or a dinner for business associates. It’s the moments that require something special.

If you enjoy formal entertaining, even if it’s just a few times per year, your builder can help you create a home that is both stunning and practical.

Dramatic formal entertaining spaces that incorporate soaring cathedral ceilings and rich custom woodwork can create stunning showcase areas that are ideal for special occasions. When you build a custom home, you and your builder will work together to create a personalized design that is the ideal size for your family, friends, and furnishings.

Your builder can also help you design or customize a custom home floor plan that creates practical solutions for entertaining such as easy access between the kitchen and dining areas, dual ovens, additional counter space, a walk-in pantry, or a sideboard area between the kitchen and dining area.

Design for Casual Entertaining

A casual entertaining style can include game nights, Superbowl parties, book clubs or neighborhood potlucks.

When planning your custom home design, talk to your builder about how to incorporate your specific entertaining style into your home design. For example, if you like to host Sunday afternoon football games, maybe you’ll need a family room large enough for a sectional and a wall mounted large screen television. Or you may want a separate room altogether, such as a home theater in the basement or a game room in an upstairs bonus room.

Design for Outdoor Entertaining

If your idea of entertaining is a Summer afternoon by the pool with some burgers on the grill, look for floor plans that create easy access between the kitchen and outdoor areas. A large, eat-in kitchen area with direct access to the backyard makes it easy for guests to come in and out. Also, work with your builder to incorporate transitional spaces from the backyard such as bathrooms and rear foyer areas as a place to hang wet swimsuits or wash off muddy feet.

Like many families, your entertaining style may require a home that is flexible enough to accommodate different types of entertaining styles throughout the year. Your builder can help you create or customize a floor plan that makes it effortless to entertain year round.

What’s your entertaining style? Contact us for a complimentary initial consultation to discuss your ideas for your perfect dream home. Not sure where to start? Download our free Custom Home Planning Guide for ideas and inspiration.


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