2440 Charles St. N • Suite 210 • North St. Paul, MN 55109

Kitchens have become a gathering place in modern homes. After all, they’re the heart and soul of family dinners, elegant cocktail hours, holiday meals, birthday parties, wedding and baby showers, weekend pancakes, and the snack spread during afternoon football games. When it comes to hosting family and friends, there are few greater deterrents than having a kitchen the feels past its prime, crowded, or simply outdated.

Wondering to yourself what design elements can take a kitchen from tired to trendy? Read on below for our five favorite improvements for creating the ultimate host’s kitchen!

Open Layout

The best gathering spaces often flow seamlessly from the great room to the kitchen and encourage guests to wander. Regardless of the reason to gather, an open concept on the main level helps keep the host close to the action so they can enjoy time with their guests.

Customized Island

The secret weapon every kitchen needs? A customized island! A spacious kitchen island adds additional prep space and can include extra elements to make your life easier. From a built-in beverage fridge to a second sink to a baking station, the sky is the limit!

Eat-In Seating

Another excellent addition to any host’s kitchen is plenty of seating. Whether it’s a banquet, breakfast nook, or island seating, extra seats help people settle in and stay awhile.

Maximized Storage

It may sound counterintuitive, but organized and efficient storage keeps any kitchen livable. A crowded space is hardly welcoming, having everything in its place leaves plenty of room for visitors!

Plan for Flow

Last but not least, always consider the flow when planning your kitchen remodel. Think of it in terms of what tasks go together. For example, the dishwasher and sink should probably be located in the same corner for easy cleanup.

When you’re ready to start remodeling, get in touch with our team. We’d be happy to walk you through the process and design a kitchen ideal for hosting!

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