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Planning to entertain over summer? How does your kitchen cope?

By December 5, 2022No Comments

While you are entertaining this summer, think about what’s working and not working in your kitchen. Here are 5 kitchen design ideas that could make your life easier next summer. Read on.

The great bonus of Christmas in Australia is that it occurs in summer. That means lots of summer fun and catching up with friends and family. The problem is, if you are hosting the get together, you can often be locked in the kitchen, missing out on the fun.

Let’s look at 5 kitchen design ideas that will transform your kitchen into party central this time next year.


  1. Let the sunshine in

Kitchen designers with builder’s licenses can perform small home renovations, and with clever design, you may be able to add French doors, bi-fold or sliding doors to create an indoor/outdoor space. Then you will be part of the action whether you are in the kitchen or out on your deck.

As licensed builders, Collaroy Kitchen Centre can help you achieve this indoor/outdoor lifestyle.


  1. Extend your indoor kitchen into an outdoor oasis

Building an outdoor kitchen is a game changer for many families and outdoor kitchens can literally include everything you need – from refrigerators and rangehoods to storage and sinks. We have even designed and built an outdoor kitchen that is a seamless extension of our client’s indoor kitchen. Imagine that!


  1. Add an ice trough to your island

Often kitchen island benches include a sink or hotplates. But for elegant entertaining, consider adding an ice trough to chill bottles of wine or beer. Then everyone can simply help themselves.

We’ve designed and built an island that includes this feature as well as drainage to accommodate melting ice and a timber cover for when the ice trough isn’t in use. We also added a wine fridge and glassware storage to transform our client’s island bench into a highly functional and attractive bar and conversation area.


  1. Incorporate a full dining table into your island bench

Bar stools are often placed around an island bench to provide additional space for dining, sharing a coffee or supervising homework. But if space allows, consider having a split-level island to create a dining table that uses height to separate your prep area from everything else.

If you have a young family or grandchildren, eliminating bar stools in this way can be a safer and easier option.


  1. Double the island fun

Depending on the shape and area of your kitchen, double island benches can create a fabulous feature while providing additional preparation and entertaining space. In this situation, one island is generally used as the primary prep area while the other island offers the flexibility of additional preparation space or seating and dining.


Totally bespoke kitchens to suit the Sydney lifestyle

While you are entertaining this summer, take a moment to think about what’s working and not working in your kitchen.

  • Do you have sufficient storage, fridge and bench space?
  • Are you stuck in the kitchen and missing out on the conversation?
  • Would an outdoor kitchen make entertaining easier?
  • Do you need more seating or perhaps a reason for people to linger in your kitchen?


When you choose Collaroy Kitchen Centre, our designers will help you solve these kitchen entertaining problems and our cabinet makers will bring those designs to life. Every kitchen we create is specifically designed to suit the needs and aesthetics of our clients. So no kitchen is the same.

Imagine next summer and how you want to share your home with family and friends. Then contact us to help you make your kitchen entertaining dreams come true. To start the process, visit our showroom at Shop 7-8, 1000 Pittwater Road, Collaroy. Or get in touch here.

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