A Home for the Holidays

If you have a large family, you know how stressful holidays can be. Having the ideal home for the holidays can make your entertaining far more enjoyable. Whether it’s a winter celebration or a summer-time barbecue, a large group of visitors can really put a strain on your home and your nerves. And yet we keep doing it, because we love our families and they make us happy. So how do we make room for seasonal visits from a large family without breaking the bank or heading into therapy?! Thankfully, there are a couple small things you can consider that will help immensely.

Home for the holidays. Image via the Charlie Parker Team.
Home for the holidays. Image via the Charlie Parker Team.

Home For The Holidays


When you’re house-hunting, be sure to look for an open floor plan. Closed off kitchens, living rooms, and dining rooms force guests to congregate in areas that may be too small. A floor plan that allows for smoother traffic flow means that you won’t have the entire party crowded around the kitchen stove. “Flex” rooms, like dens or home offices, are perfect for pulling double duty when you have overnight guests. Consider homes that allow you to make the most of these types of rooms when your guests are no longer visiting.


If you’re not at the shopping stage, but you can spare a few bucks, think about developing or renovating your outdoor space. Given our mild climate year-round, adding some extra square footage on a deck or patio can really make a difference for crowd control, and greatly improve the resale value of your home. Add a heat lamp or two, or maybe a self-contained outdoor fireplace and some cozy throw blankets and you can extend the use of your outdoor space into the cooler spring and fall months. A large deck or patio can be a great selling feature.

It’s not hard to accommodate a large family when you’re prepared. Do an honest inventory of the usable square footage you have now, and don’t be afraid of creating some to-scale diagrams on graph paper, to help yourself examine your home’s flow. Taking some time to consider your real space needs now means more time to enjoy your home for the holidays.

For help with finding the ideal family home with room to entertain your family call The Charlie Parker Team.

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