An entertainer’s guide to designing the perfect home for social gatherings

by Gillian Holl

“When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.” – Unknown

At Veld Architects, before we design anything, it is important that we first learn what our clients value in life. A home should represent residents’ passions and allow them to do more of the things they love. From practicing hobbies and enjoying nature to hosting memorable gatherings for family and friends.


The summer holidays and the upcoming festive season in SA are synonymous with celebrations around the braai, pool and dining table. Entertainers usually live for anything from a casual get-together to a formal soiree, and an impromptu party is thrown without batting an eye. 

 

Depending on your unique style of entertaining, the following architectural tips can help you design a home where the party is at any time of the year:


Designing the perfect home for social gatherings
  1. Extended spaces

Open plan architectural layouts have been popular for decades. They make homes feel well ventilated with more natural light and connect the indoors and outdoors seamlessly. An entertainer’s home doesn’t need to be extravagant in size, but the clever use of flow in an open-plan layout can help guests move freely from each social zone, creating the illusion of space. An open-plan also helps guests gather in extended spaces surrounding social zones in a natural way.

  1. Adaptable architecture

Adaptable architecture is an entertainer’s saving grace. From fold-up doors that connect a kitchen and dining room with the patio (thereby creating an instant event hall) to rooms that literally double as something else i.e. a study that transforms into a guest bedroom. Opting for a larger hidden scullery with enough space to prepare meals is a convenient way to keep the actual kitchen clean and a part of the party.

  1. Taking the party outside

South Africans love to be outside, afterall we have the best weather for it. Creating outdoor social zones is therefore ideal. A patio, veranda, boma and swimming pool are excellent ways to make the most of the outdoors and host inspired gatherings. The addition of a covered patio and braai with roll-up doors allow you to host a braai in wind and rain.

Perfect homes for social gatherings inside & out
  1. Lighting

Lighting has a tremendous effect on setting the right mood. Social zones can be enhanced with effective overhead lighting in addition to making the best possible use of natural light. 

  1. Kids entertainment spaces

The most successful parties are those where the kids are properly entertained as well. Designing a home where there are designated areas where the kids can run around and play separately or adjacent to where the grown-ups are mingling, will work in your favour. The addition of a pajama lounge or playroom are great examples of this indoors.

What do you value in life?

Let’s talk about incorporating your ideals into the perfect family home.

 

Email me: gillian@veldarchitects.co.za 

 

Love,

Gill

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