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Top 5 Home Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Entertainer

September 8th, 2022 | 3 min read

By Michael Flory

Group of friends gathering around a picnic table with food

Top 5 Home Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Entertainer

With covid-19 having less of an impact on our lives, people are ready to invite friends and family back into their homes to spend much-needed time together.

You want to invite them over to your house to entertain them, but you are irritated that your current home layout isn’t right for entertaining. We’re here to help!

We have designed and built hundreds of outdoor and indoor spaces specially designed for entertaining and gathering. Whether it be an outdoor deck or an open layout kitchen, we understand what works well in a given space and will provide design ideas for the person who loves to entertain their guests.

By the end of this article, you will know the top 5 design elements you can add to your home remodel that will wow any person who enters your home! 

1. Dry space under your deck (even when it rains)

Everybody loves being outside on a deck with friends and family. Sometimes, rain enters the picture, bringing everybody inside to stay dry. Fortunately, we have the solution to this problem so you can stay outside and dry!

A drainage system is installed in the flooring of the deck which directs water away so the underside stays dry! This is a perfect way to have outdoor couches, a dining table, an outdoor kitchen, or a calming reading area, all while staying dry in the rain!

The benefit of this is that you can spend all day outside no matter the weather. When it’s nice outside the upstairs part of the deck can be used and then when it rains everyone can head underneath.

This is the top remodel option for many Custom Built customers who are looking to entertain!

outdoor living room under deck spaceoutdoor area under deck with rock columns

2. Outdoor grill & food preparation area

outdoor grill on deck with custom built covering

Most people with a deck have some sort of portable grill. To really wow and entertain your guests, a dedicated grill and food preparation area that is built into the deck is a real step up in quality from simply a portable grill.

A covering over the grill is also a great addition to an outdoor grill and food prep area so it can be used even in the rain.

An outdoor food prep area can be configured in any number of ways to include features such as a sink, cabinets, cooler, and an outdoor oven.

There is something special about prepping and eating a meal outside with your friends and family that just isn’t the same when you prepare it inside. This is another way that your guests will LOVE your home!


3. Basement bar and cocktail area

Having a dedicated space in your home to serve cocktails and drinks is a fantastic way to entertain your guests!

This can be configured or styled in any number of ways to include features such as a sink, dishwasher, fridge, and other appliances you would find in a kitchen to make maintaining the wet bar a breeze.

Your friends and family will be waiting for the invite to come over if they knew you had a basement bar in your home.

It is a great way to entertain friends and family and you can be certain that many memories will be created in your home at a basement wet bar!

Basement wet bar with barstools and industrial shelvingbasement bar with rock accents a wooden bar top,

4. Open layout kitchen

In our experience, any time friends come over, the most common congregating space seems to be the kitchen. Having a small or closed-off kitchen can be frustrating, especially when you’re trying to entertain your guests and not everyone can fit in the kitchen.

Opening up the kitchen space is perfect for entertaining because it allows all of your guests to fit comfortably in the space and they can carry on conversations comfortably.

The addition of a central kitchen island allows you to increase the food preparation space. Perfect for a buffet-style gathering with your friends and family!

open layout kitchen with barstools and white cabinets

5. Unique ideas

A great way to wow and entertain your guests is through something that will make your home truly unique. These are activities that serve a single purpose but will undoubtedly turn some heads.

Popular options include:

  • Home Theater
  • Wine Cellar
  • Hot tub on a deck
  • Home Gym
  • Firepit on a patio

If you love creatively entertaining your guests, these are great examples of how to achieve it!

Basement home theater with reclining chairsbasement wine cellar with wooden shelving  and tile floors

outdoor firepit with wooden chairs and a custom circular brick patio

Next steps to remodeling your home to entertain

In this article, you learned the top 5 design elements that you can add to your home remodel to wow and entertain your guests. Not knowing the designs available to you can be frustrating, so providing those to you is important.

You can use these design ideas to revamp your home and be the house everyone wants to be invited to!

To learn more about developing a home remodeling budget, here is an article that shows the process to create a realistic and all-encompassing home remodeling budget.

To learn more about designing a deck space, here is an article that provides some great ideas for your dream deck. A perfect space to entertain!

Have questions about the design options available to you? Fill out a contact form and our sales staff will reach out to you shortly.

Michael Flory

Michael brings over 2 decades of building and remodeling experience to his position as the Owner and Visionary of Custom Built. Michael’s passion to make an impact on the home building industry has led him to serve for over ten years at the local and state Home Builders Association, culminating as President of the HBA of Michigan in 2020.