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Award-winning house builder, Crest Nicholson, has designed the internal layouts of its new build homes at Woodside in Haywards Heath 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, three and four-bedroom houses at Woodside boast such thoughtful open plan layouts, enabling home owners to make the most of home entertaining, showcasing their culinary skills whilst simultaneously remaining attentive to their guests.

In particular, the three bedroom Northland at Woodside is exemplary in showcasing the advantages of open plan living. The 20 ft open plan kitchen / living / dining area boasts ample room for a large dining table and sofa, providing the perfect space in which to host cosy family suppers or lavish festive dinner parties. Flooded with natural light thanks to double doors that overlook the garden, the area is equipped with integrated appliances, providing stylish surroundings in which to cook up a feast.

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.

With entertaining space at the heart of the Northland’s design, the separate living room can be utilised as a more formal entertaining area and, with a further set of double doors that open onto a private balcony, the outside space feels like an extension of the internal living accommodation. Equally, with room for two or three large sofas, there are plenty of opportunities for families to enjoy evenings at home together.

Christine Tiernan, Sales & Marketing Director, Crest Nicholson South, 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.”

The Northland at Woodside is available from £384,950 or £307,960 with Help to Buy. For further information, please contact the sales and marketing team on 01444 221 130.