Having just come through the holidays, you may be thinking about what would make entertaining more fun, convenient, and enjoyable. For many of us, the chance to be together with family and friends is really what the holidays are all about. If you love to entertain, it’s really nice to have the space and the surroundings that make it enjoyable and welcoming for everyone.
The thing is that entertaining in your home doesn’t need to be limited to that time of year that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year’s Eve. If you love entertaining, you want to be able to do so at any time of the year—for whatever reason you chose. And if you’re considering building a luxury home in the Texas Hill Country, making provisions for entertaining can play a huge role in designing the perfect home for your family.
Of course, everyone has their own style of entertaining. That’s where a luxury custom homebuilder can help you create the kind of environment that best suits your specific entertaining style. To that end, it may be helpful to take a look at some examples of homes where we’ve helped Hill Country luxury homeowners set the mood for entertaining their guests in ways that fit their entertaining style.
Casual Kitchen Gatherings
Often, guests like to simply hang around the kitchen in a casual atmosphere—whether a meal is being prepared or not! There’s something warm and inviting about gathering in the kitchen to have a snack or a drink or just to chat. The kitchen you see here offers plenty of space for guests to sit or stand or wander around without feeling like they’re in the way.
Sometimes what you really want is a quiet, intimate place to enjoy your dinner with a small group of friends or family. This intimate dining room provides it all—in addition to great views of the surrounding area. It can accommodate a larger table if necessary, but even a small table feels right in this intimate-but-open space.
Kick Your Boots Off and Watch TV
There are times when you just want to kick back, relax and watch some football or a movie with your guests. The family room you see here has plenty of space for comfortable seating. It’s a great place to watch a game or a movie. If you’re into gaming, you can make this a full-blown media room. Plus, having a room like this in which to gather keeps you from having too many cooks in the kitchen when meal prep is going on.
Fire-side Chats (i-tul support > please hyperlink the image with this link here)
There are other times when what you really want is a quiet place where there are no distractions so you can have an uninterrupted conversation with an old friend or a special family member. And there’s nothing like a glowing fire to set the mood for a good talk in a comfortable setting. This particular family room takes advantage of local materials (both stone and wood) to create a cozy atmosphere that’s truly unique.
Late Night Snacks (i-tul support > please hyperlink the image with this link here)
There may be times when you want to grab a spontaneous late-night snack with friends or family. You probably won’t want to set the dining room table for that kind of impromptu meal, so it’s nice to have a kitchen that offers a casual eating space for everyone to enjoy. This kitchen gives you plenty of seating and standing space for everyone to nosh and nibble to their heart’s content.
Your specific style may be different—but that’s what luxury custom home building is all about. We’ve been building luxury custom homes in the Texas Hill Country for years and we’d love to help you create the kind of entertaining space that lets you make your guests feel welcome and at home—however you want to entertain them, at any time of the year.
Poolside Party (i-tul support > please hyperlink the image with this link here)
When the weather is warm there’s nothing quite like a poolside party that let’s everyone cool off and relax. And with a built-in hot tub like you see in this Las Cimas home, you can enjoy a soak even when it gets cool!
No matter what kind of entertaining you do—or what time of year you enjoy doing it—we can help you create a luxury Hill Country home that will allow you to entertain your way!
Adapted and updated from the original November 6, 2016, post