Dinner party culture changes house designs in Cambridge

Award-winning house builder, Crest Nicholson, has designed the internal layouts of its new build homes at Kaleidoscope in Cambridge with open-plan living in mind, catering to the wider trend in home entertaining and providing the perfect setting for Christmas celebrations.

While designated reception rooms once epitomised the art of refinement and separate kitchens and dining rooms were integral to maintaining decorum in the household, such traditional architectural styles have been transformed in the last decade to reflect the demand for more adaptable living spaces. Furthermore, since the economic downturn affected the regularity with which we socialise outside of the home, more house hunters look for open-plan properties that can accommodate all scales of home entertaining ranging from cosy kitchen suppers to lavish dinner parties, not to mention festive occasions.

As such, many of the two-bedroom apartments at Kaleidoscope boast such thoughtful, open plan layouts, enabling home owners to make the most of home entertaining.

In particular, The Orchid building is exemplary in showcasing the advantages of open plan living. The 22 ft open plan kitchen / dining / living area ensures that hosts can impress with their culinary skills whilst simultaneously remaining attentive to their guests. Furthermore, in removing the diving walls between rooms, parties are no longer segregated and hosts can remain at the heart of the action.

Such multifunctional open-plan spaces come into their own during the festive season too, offering enough space to accommodate the family and friends whether they are cooking or eating.

Annette Cole, Sales & Marketing Director, Crest Nicholson Eastern, commented: “The benefits of open plan living are evident all year round, but there is no doubt that they truly come into their own during festive periods.

“When entertaining guests, hosts don’t want to be isolated in the kitchen - they’d rather have a more social space in which to show off their culinary skills, cooking up a feast while their guests relax and enjoy their evening. As such, an open plan kitchen / living / dining room is the perfect solution.”

Two bedroom houses at Kaleidoscope are available from £340,000 or £272,000 with Help to Buy. For further information regarding Kaleidoscope, please contact the sales and marketing team on 0870 7578 186.

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