The holiday season is upon us. As the days grow shorter and the nights get cooler, many of us anticipate welcoming family and friends into our homes. Whether it’s a grand gathering or an intimate reunion, preparation is the key to ensuring a memorable time for all. Here are four things to consider for your home when hosting people for the holidays:
First Impressions Matter: Enhance Your Home's Exterior
- Front Door Facelift: Your front door is often the first thing guests see. Consider a fresh coat of paint or even a festive wreath to create a warm and welcoming entry.
- Landscaping: Clean up fallen leaves, trim overgrown bushes, and ensure walkways are clear of snow or other obstructions. This not only enhances aesthetics but also ensures safety.
The idea of getting your home ready for holiday hosting might make you realize that your siding isn’t in the best shape or that you wish you had an all-season porch addition to allow for more room to hang out. Now is a great time to reach out to our team to get a project quoted so that you’re prepared for when the next holiday season rolls around.
Create an Inviting Interior
- Declutter Common Areas: Less is more. Create open spaces for guests to move around freely. A neat, tidy space is inviting and relaxing. We help homeowners do this by creating custom builtins with unique craftsmanship. Builtins with doors are great for storing necessary items while also giving you a clean, sophisticated feel in your home.
- Festive Decor: Introduce festive cushions, throws, or table centerpieces. This doesn’t mean going overboard; sometimes, simple and classic touches like candles can transform a room.
- Functional Spaces: Ensure that spaces like the living room, dining area, and bathrooms are functional and equipped with necessities for guests. If you’re noticing areas around your home that you would like to improve, take notes and consider scheduling these improvements so that your home feels more functional the next time it’s your turn to host.
Create a Functional Kitchen and Dining Area
- Space to Cook: If multiple people will be cooking, ensure there's ample counter space and easy access to essential tools. We love helping customers reimagine their kitchens to better suit their lifestyle. If you wish you had a bigger kitchen island or more counter space to cook, now is a great time to get a project planned for next year.
- Serve in Style: Think about your serving dishes, utensils, and even seating arrangements. Do you need extra chairs or tables? Ensure everything is in place in advance.
Plan for Entertainment and Relaxation
- Entertainment Options: From board games to streaming movie services, ensure you have options to keep your guests entertained.
- Quiet Zones: Not everyone might want to engage in the same activities. Create quiet corners or rooms where guests can read, relax, or take a nap.
- Outdoor Spaces: If you have a patio or garden, make it accessible and cozy for those who might want to step outside, perhaps with a fire pit or warm blankets. This is also an opportunity to consider what it would look like to add on an all-season porch or build a custom deck with a built-in hot tub.
The holidays are a time for togetherness. If you want to make being together easier in your home, we’re here to help you dream up a remodel that checks all of your boxes. Sometimes it’s hard to know what your home is missing until you host a gathering with several people. Get in touch with our team for a free quote on your next project and make your home the perfect place to gather for the holidays in years to come.