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Designing a new home comes with countless big decisions and lots of planning ahead. One of the most important aspects of a great home is being able to entertain your friends and family when they visit and leave a lasting first impression. Holland Homes is one of Auburn, Alabama’s leading home builders with a team of knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to helping you create the home of your dreams. With plenty of experience, they want to share what features Holland Homes provide when it comes to providing entertainment for your guests. With these features included in most Holland Homes, you’re sure to make a successful host!

Grand Entryway

The entryway is the first impression guests will have when they arrive and can set the mood for the rest of the home. You want this area to feel welcoming and reflect your personal style or personality. A functional foyer doesn’t necessarily have to include tall ceilings and grand chandeliers to give your guests a warm invitation. There are many ways to make a small space just as effective.

Consider adding some storage or seating to avoid clutter when you first walk in and give your company a place to put their shoes and accessories. This could mean installing hooks along the wall for jackets or a bench with space for shoes underneath. Depending on your preferences, pops of color may create a more personable entrance and allow for more options when it comes to coordinating with other decor. While it doesn’t have to match the other rooms in your home exactly, it’s smart to bring a couple of colors into your entry palette to bring them all together.

Outdoor Entertainment

If you enjoy spending time outside and value your open space, your back or front yard could make a great area to bring guests. Having a dining table on your patio gives you the opportunity to free up more room inside for games and relaxation. An outdoor patio also means having the option to add a TV or speakers for a more casual hangout environment. If you’re moving or building somewhere with a warmer climate, having a ceiling fan outside is something everyone may be grateful for. Whether your area is big or small, there is something you can add to make it feel cozier and inviting.

If you have a large backyard space, you may want to discuss installing a pool with your new home builder. This provides you and your guests with a great way to pass time, night or day, but make sure you take the proper precautions with your pool if you have small children or pets. Additionally, Holland Homes offers locations like The Point at Lake Martin which is surrounded by numerous walking trails and water activities for your family and guests to enjoy. The design of your yard is crucial when it comes to entertainment opportunities, and you may find yourself considering some of these beneficial additions.

Open Flow

It can be difficult to entertain if your rooms are all closed in with walls or extra furniture, so creating a more open concept will make it feel much bigger. This home design trend has continued to be favorable to those building or moving into their dream homes because it makes it easy to use multiple rooms at once. If you want to cook dinner while chatting with your friends, make sure that your kitchen and living area flow together and aren’t separated by walls. The open concept also comes in handy if you have children and want to be able to supervise them.

Another way to take advantage of your space and make it seem bigger is by installing tall windows or sliding doors that lead outside. Being able to move inside and outside quickly makes your patio area much more accessible. You’ll want to be able to appreciate your outdoor space from the comfort of the inside. These windows and sliding doors will make it easy for natural light to enter your home, as well, which will make your home feel much larger. With an open concept, it’s important to include some storage space to hide any clutter you may have. Since multiple rooms can be visible at once, use bookshelves or drawers to organize your belongings.

Plenty Of Seating

Of course, your family and friends will probably want to sit down and unwind during their visit, so providing enough seating for everyone is vital. There are many ways to incorporate seating in your home without simply placing chairs here and there. People tend to gravitate towards the kitchen in most houses, so you may want to include bar stools if you have an island or additional chairs around your dinner table. Furniture like poofs or small stools can be easily picked up and moved in case you find yourself short on seating.

Adding seating can also help with organization by using dual-purpose pieces. Avoid clutter with ottomans and footrests that open for additional storage and move around. When you’re entertaining your guests, seating is one of the key features to include in your plan.

Extra Entertainment Space

Many home builders are beginning to add additional rooms that provide entertainment for family and friends, whether it’s a home theater or outdoor bar. Discuss your budget with your realtor and determine if this could be a beneficial option for you. When adding extra space for guests, it’s important to ensure it’s easily accessible from the main living area and not too cramped. As appealing as a home theater or game room might sound, having the right amount of space for it should be determined beforehand. Also, a great way to take advantage of any extra outdoor or patio spaces you have is by adding a bar for more casual get-togethers. Make sure your guests have room to enjoy their time wherever they are.

How We Can Help

Holland Homes is known for their open concept, elegant, inviting homes! We are here to help you find the home of your dreams and take pride in our model homes. We understand how stressful it can be to design a home and make sure you’re taking advantage of all that you can. Whether you’re preparing for your move or deciding what’s best, we want to help you through the process and make it as smooth as possible. Contact us for more information about our customizable experience and get started on your new home!

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