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Brilliant In-Kitchen Entertaining

Posted by Daltile Team on Jun 23, 2016 12:40:49 PM

Idea House Nails Kitchen Design

Forest Park in Timberland on the floor
You might be the life of the party but if you’re holed up in the kitchen, it’s a different story. In-kitchen entertaining lets you prep and cook while chatting with friends.  And it’s the standard way to entertain these days, unless you decide to cater. Cooking with friends might even be your primary form of entertainment for the evening.

In January 2016, Pardee Homes, of TRI Pointe Group, partnered with BUILDER Magazine to design and build an ideal home—a home that responds to the needs of a whole generation. Part of the idealism of the Responsive Home project was a primo kitchen with plenty of opportunity to entertain. Here are the highlights of its brilliant design.Forest Park in Timberland on the floor

Open Format

Most kitchens geared for entertaining are open format. You don’t have to squeeze all your guests into the kitchen proper. They can spread out into the dining room, living room and even the outdoors and still be where the action is.

The Responsive Home Farmhouse design has a flowing L-shape with the kitchen in the corner and dining and living spaces on either side. The front entryway goes right into the dining area and it’s easy to find your way to your favorite spot from there. It’s a welcoming setup with easy access.

An oversized island allows seating for three at a bar and has plenty of leftover space for hovering in the kitchen with a drink in hand. Forest Park in Timbeland on the floor, Carrara Gioia marble on the countertop, Rittenhouse Square in Arctic White on the backsplash

Outdoor Living

Being able to expand a kitchen space into the outdoors is the perfect setup for a summer evening party. Decks and patios right off the kitchen let the outdoor space merge into the indoor space for one large entertaining area.

In the Responsive Home, the kitchen is surrounded by three different outdoor spaces. Each has large retractable glass walls that disappear for a true blending of the indoors and out. Near the dining area, a small, enclosed patio expands the experience while still providing privacy.

Off the living room is a large entertaining area ready to play movies under the stars. The third outdoor space is the largest and offers the best option for mingling and cooking. Part of this space is covered and part is open so the weather need not disrupt your plans. Two large glass walls completely fold out of the way opening up the outdoors to the both the living room and the dining room. Studio kitchenette features Rittenhouse Square in Arctic White on the backsplash and Carrar Gioia marble on the countertop

Kitchen in Triplicate

Entertaining can take up all the space in your fridge, freezer and oven very quickly. A butler’s pantry, second kitchen or even a fridge in the garage comes in really handy when you have friends over.

The Responsive Home has not one or two, but three kitchens. A little extravagant? Not really, because the second kitchen is more a kitchenette in the studio apartment above the garage. It has a convection oven and small fridge and freezer drawers that provide that extra space you need when entertaining.

The third kitchen is a bit smaller than the second. It is part of the casita, or mother-in-law apartment, on the ground floor of the home. It has an under-the-counter fridge and convection oven.

Throw the best party on the block with design that lets you host from the kitchen. Get a closer look at Daltile products in the Responsive Home project.

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