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Designing an Entertainer’s Dream

Designing an entertainer’s dream home can be a colourful and creative experience.

It’s a chance to design a space that reflects your personal style and celebrates your passion for entertaining friends and family – whether that’s with epic backyard barbecues, patio parties or fancy dining room dinners.

The possibilities extend far beyond renovating the kitchen or adding on an alfresco area. You could go big and bold, minimalist and understated, or somewhere in between.

To help you create the perfect space for your style, we’ve asked our experts for their top tips on designing an entertainer’s dream.     

 

Driveways and Paths

It might not be the first area that springs to mind when you think of entertaining, but the first impression of your home starts at the driveway and path to the front door. 

You can create a welcoming aesthetic with landscaping, gardening, curated greenery and florals, and driveway and pathway materials that complement your home’s colour scheme. Geostone’s Exposed Aggregate range is ideal for driveways and garden paths and is available in a range of colours and stone selections unique to each region and suited to a wide range of colour schemes while blending seamlessly with the natural surrounds.

 

Floors

Before deciding on your new two-door fridge or double oven combo, you’ll need to turn your eyes and thoughts to the floor.

Geostone’s Polished Concrete flooring is durable and ideal for spills, being easy to clean, resistant to stains, and requiring less maintenance over its lifetime compared to some other floor coverings. That means no restrictions on serving red wine or black coffee; your guests can enjoy their meals and drinks while you enjoy peace of mind.

Colour

Neutral and earthy tones are popular colour schemes for modern homes. But don’t be afraid of adding pops of colour to create a statement that wows your guests. Our Colour Consultants recommend finding a feature colour you love, then integrate it throughout your entertainment area in decor, appliances and surfaces such as bench tops and flooring.

 

Layout

The ideal entertainer’s home allows you to stay engaged with your guests while cooking for them. You might like to consider installing a concrete island bench top with forward facing cooktops. This will make the time you spend in the kitchen more of a social event, and won’t see you ducking back to the kitchen every few moments. 

It’s easy to keep the party going with an open plan kitchen and dining space, which allows for conversations to drift between multiple areas of the home and can create a better sense of unity.

 

Outdoor Kitchens

The great outdoors provides a perfect backdrop for entertaining guests, so why not have a kitchen outside too? When it comes to appliances, pizza ovens and barbecues are always a hit, making the showmanship of cooking all part of the entertainment. 

When installing appliances on a patio or deck, follow professional advice for placement and installation to allow for appropriate ventilation.

 

Alfresco Dining

Considering the comfort of your guests should take top priority when designing an outdoor dining space. If you have the room to move, you might like to create several seating areas such as a large dining table with a separate outdoor lounge. If you’re working with a smaller space, opt for a compact table and chair setting that’s suitable for both dining and relaxing, while accenting the area with plants and other greenery. 

Fire pits and sunken lounges away from the main dining space are also popular features for entertainment areas.

Landscaping

Those with polished concrete floors indoors can continue the home’s aesthetic outside with an elegant indoor-outdoor flow for continuity and cohesion. 

Geostone’s Exposed Aggregate, Coloured Concrete and Honed Concrete ranges are ideal for outdoor applications, designed specifically for outdoor use and built to last in most weather conditions.

 

Pool Surrounds

A swimming pool is a showcase feature of many Australian backyards and entertaining areas – so it shouldn’t be neglected. Stunning pool surrounds can be achieved with materials that compliment and enhance your home’s aesthetic. Geostone’s decorative concrete range is designed specifically to function in wet areas, so your pool area will remain slip-resistant and easy to clean, while maintaining great visual appeal for years to come.

Whether you entertain guests occasionally or often, consideration of the ways you plan to use the space will help you design a true entertainer’s dream.

For more information and inspiration about renovations, building and concrete installation, explore our article archive.

Bowen Place Crossing

Bowen Place Crossing, the pedestrian underpass apart of the Lake Burley Griffin basin loop. This project won the Walter Burley Griffin Award for the design of the $10 million project at the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2016 National Architecture Awards.

Builder: Woden Contractors
Product: Specific triple blend exposed (Not a standard Geostone Mix)

Stocklands Estate Willowdale Park

Kosciuszko Honed/pumpable exposed mix (released in January 2017). The concrete was installed by Greater West Landscapes.

House with Tennis Court

The owners of this impressive home chose our Western Port exposed mix, however instead of a grey concrete base they chose to add a charcoal colour which showcases the grey granite throughout this Geostone product.

House with Driveway and Pathways

The Geostone driveway installed for this architecturally designed home was completed by Luke Ellis from L&R Coastline Concreting. The home owners wanted a Geostone product that wasn’t too bold so they chose our Platinum mix which ties in nicely with the stunning Ironbark timber facade.

White House with White Driveway

This residential home was completed by Luke Ellis from L&R Coastline Concreting for local builder Darren Mountain. This particular product is our Sorrento Blue exposed mix which is a perfect match for the colour schemes chosen for this build.

The Laneway

Being in close proximity to the Rosebud Foreshore upgrade, our Golden Beach exposed mix also features in this project which was completed by Maw Civil for the Mornington Peninsula Council.

Rosebud Foreshore

This project was completed for the Mornington Peninsula Council by local Civil Company, Maw Civil, whilst the playground works were completed by Glascott Landscapes. Our Golden Beach exposed mix which was used for this project compliments the natural surrounds of this coastal location and is prominent throughout the Mornington Peninsula region.

Willowdale Park Estate

The mix is our Kosciuszko which is able to be honed or exposed. In this instance, it has been exposed showcasing the white stone in grey concrete.

The project Architect loved the mix and the exposed finish. Other parks in the area will be done in the same mix in the near future.

Customer: Greater West Landscapes http://gwlandscapes.com.au/

Project: Stocklands Willowdale Park Estate.