Open-plan new homes make entertaining easier this Christmas
Posted 24 December 2015 by Helen Christie
With Christmas parties and family get-togethers in full swing, it is the perfect time to display your beautiful kitchen and dining areas - and of course show off your exquisite cooking and hosting.
While restaurants and bars are still inundated with bookings around the festive season, thanks to watching chefs such as Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver, and popular bloggers such as Deliciously Ella cook delicious feasts in their own kitchens, it has never been so tempting to host at home.
As well as being a stage to showcase your cooking, open-plan layouts with stunning kitchens have truly become the heart of the home. Being able to entertain and socialise while cooking means that hosting a party no longer involves running from room to room or being separated from your guests for periods of the evening. The popularity of open-plan spaces is becoming increasingly apparent in new build home designs.
Paul Hopkins, managing director, St James, comments: “Open-plan living has been a popular design trend for many years due to the flexibility it provides. The layout style has been particularly popular as the boom in celebrity chefs has made home entertaining a lifestyle choice. Everyone can gather in one space and it means no one is left alone in the kitchen.
“Gone are the days when the host is slaving over the stove and the meal is served in a formal dining room. In many cases, thanks to the demand for glamorous kitchens, cooking for friends is all part of the entertainment.
“With the cost of visiting restaurants and bars constantly increasing, people are now much more inclined to stay in and entertain at home, as such, the desire for a home that has a great entertaining space is now a prerequisite amongst many of our customers.”
Award-winning developer the Berkeley Group has a number of properties currently on the market that lend themselves perfectly to open-plan entertaining.
Brewery Gate in Twickenham
Brewery Gate is a new phase of 28 luxury four- and five-bedroom townhouses set on an exclusive gated mews at the St James development Brewery Wharf in the heart of Twickenham.
This collection of homes offers intelligent spacious designs, perfectly complementing the contemporary lifestyle. The homes boast exceptionally elegant fittings and finishes with open-plan kitchens and dining areas offering a practical space for both adults and children to enjoy.
Find out more about Brewery Wharf from Berkeley Homes
In Horsham, Highwood, has a new phase of just forty two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, with many offering fabulous open-plan layouts that would make any host house proud.
Prices start from £415,000.
Find out more about Highwood from Berkeley Homes
A new phase of properties - The Mulberry Collection - released this autumn - combines luxury with contemporary design, offering a new range of stunning three-, four- and five-bedroom family houses available to purchase off-plan. All the properties benefit from open-plan kitchen/dining rooms on the ground floor with individually designed kitchens boasting a range of high-quality integrated appliances.
Apartments at Ryewood are priced from £270,000 and houses from £510,000.
Find out more about Ryewood from Berkeley Homes
Fiennes Park, Maidenhead
Fiennes Park is an exclusive neighbourhood offering the perfect mix of modern and country living, surrounded by woodland and greenery. The development is located in the village of Littlewick Green in a tranquil setting close to a beautiful village green.
The property features a family room on the ground floor incorporating a high specification open plan kitchen/dining/living area and leading onto a private garden. So, whether it’s a reception for a few friends, a dinner party or a full-blown celebration, there is ample space to entertain guests.
Prices start from £1.285m. A new show home is now available to view by appointment.
Find out more about Fiennes Park from Berkeley Homes