Aurora Zeledon from our sister site Builder Magazine, writes on four kitchens that set the stage for socializing. Use these as inspiration for the next kitchen remodel you embark on.

Dubbed the “Chic Cafe Vibe,” Zeledon writes:

A wide island joins forces with a built-in banquette and nearby dining room to create a food-focused entertaining center in this contemporary home. The latter also opens to a side covered patio, which flows into the screened porch with a fireplace to warm chilly nights. On the opposite side of the home, the master suite offers a unique layout with a huge walk-in closet between the bedroom and the spacious bathroom. Just outside the double doors, a cozy hearth room encourages snuggling. Kids will enjoy the roomy second level, where a loft separates a private suite (ideal for an older child) from two additional bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bath. The basement can be finished to become a fun retreat for visitors, complete with a home theater, wet bar, exercise room, and more.

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