Today’s homebuyers have much different priorities than those of only 10 or 20 years ago. These days, most buyers are looking for open-concept homes, state-of-the-art kitchens, and inviting outdoor living spaces, among other features. A love of entertaining is part of the reason behind this shift in priorities. Today, homeowners want flexible, open floor plans that allow for all types of get-togethers.
For most homebuyers, the traditional formal living room and separate formal dining room simply don’t fit the way they live. People are moving away from older floor-plan styles, with rooms that are separated by walls, in favor of open, free-flowing space.
Homeowners who love to entertain know that an open floor plan is much better for hosting Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, movie night, book club, and everything in between. Contemporary homes make better use of square footage, with large living areas, open-concept kitchens and dining rooms, and multi-use rooms that are perfect for home theaters, game rooms, and more.
If you and your family love to entertain, look for a floor plan that features an open floor plan, functional outdoor space, and a bonus room (or two) that you can adapt to your needs. These seven homes are great examples of floor plans that work well for entertaining:
This new three-bedroom plan makes use of every inch of its 2,198 square feet. If you love entertaining, you’ll adore the overall layout: The great room lies in the center of the home, flowing right into the kitchen, breakfast nook and dining room (or optional den), and opening onto the back patio. This open, airy space is ideal for hosting events of nearly any size. And if friends or family stay over, they’ll have plenty of privacy: The second and third bedrooms are situated well away from the master suite and have their own jack-and-jill bathrooms, ensuring that overnight guests enjoy a space of their own. View floor plan and photos.
At 2,211 square feet, this new floor plan offers the ideal size home for many families, with plenty of space for entertaining guests of all ages. The huge great room serves as the main attraction, creating the perfect area for parties, game nights and everything in between. The large kitchen overlooks the great room, ensuring you’re never far from your guests, and the adjacent dining room makes dinner parties and holidays easy. You also have the option to extend the breakfast nook and patio and add a den, carving out even more space for entertaining. Upstairs, an expansive bonus room provides more than 300 square feet for a pool table or other games, a movie room or a multi-purpose playroom for the kids. View floor plan and photos.
This one-level, 2,373-square-foot home features several spacious areas that are perfect for get-togethers. If you like to cook and gather friends and family around the kitchen, you’ll love the oversized island overlooking the expansive great room. Just off the kitchen, a perfectly-located grilling porch lets you and your guests enjoy a bit of the outdoors, and an optional second porch off the great room creates even more elbow room for parties. An oversized den sits just off the entry, creating an ideal space for setting up board games, letting the kids play, or hosting a holiday dinner. Plus, if guests end up spending the night, three beds and three baths provide everyone with plenty of privacy. View floor plan and photos.
The Mt. Hood
For movie and game lovers, this 2,734-square-foot floor plan offers the perfect entertaining retreat. You’ll love how the great room, dining area, breakfast nook, and kitchen all flow into one wow-worthy space. But just down the hallway is another showstopper: a huge bonus room that guests will absolutely love. Install blackout curtains and make it a home theater. Add a few couches to create a video gamer’s paradise. Or, put in a foosball table or ping pong to make it even livelier. This smart floor plan has plenty of square footage to meet any entertaining need. View floor plan and photos.
Even if you are building on a narrow lot, you can still find a floor plan that works for hosting guests. This two-story, 2,222-square-foot home features a roomy kitchen and dining room that open up to a spacious great room to bring all your guests together. Just off the kitchen, the den provides extra square footage for a movie or play room, and an optional patio creates a welcoming outdoor space off the dining area. Upstairs, the carefully planned floor plan features three bedrooms and two baths, joined by a fantastic loft space that can also be used for entertaining family and friends. View floor plan and photos.
This 2,512-square-foot home offers all the charm of a traditional home, but with an open-concept floor plan that encourages entertaining. Downstairs, the open kitchen, dining and living room provide plenty of elbow room, and an optional wrap-around covered porch adds entertaining space and irresistible appeal. A second optional patio beckons from the dining area, letting you maximize your time outdoors, both day and night. Upstairs, four bedrooms surround a huge bonus room, creating the perfect place for a family room or guest retreat. View floor plan and photos.
The Arcadia West
Not all entertaining-friendly floor plans have to be large. This 1,485-square-foot home offers an open floor plan, with the kitchen at the heart of the action. If you love to cook, you can add a kitchen island that overlooks the dining room and spacious great room. Nearby, an optional den creates extra room for mingling, watching movies, and playing games. And you still have two guest bedrooms to comfortably accommodate overnight visitors. View floor plan and photos.
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