Building a Brunch Nook Part 1: Picking the Perfect Place
Before you can decide where in your home to build your new brunch nook, you need to think about what you want out of the space. Here are some guiding questions:
- How many people do you want to be able to seat?
- Do you want to keep beverages and common utensils in the area?
- Do you want a food/beverage prep station as part of your nook?
- Do you want space for entertainment such as speakers for music, a television, or plenty of table room to play card games?
Once you have an idea about how you want to use your space, you can then go through your house and figure out where your nook will fit best. Ideally, it will be near the kitchen, since it’s likely you’ll be using the space for food-centric activities.
As you’re deciding on the best space, you can make decisions about the furniture. If prep space and beverage storage are important for you, you might consider a tasting center with wine bottle storage. You can purchase or build tasting centers with glass storage, cabinets and/or drawers, and more. Most tasting centers also have a small table-top space in the center for light food and drink prep.
As you’re taking measurements, consider whether you want built-in seating or stand-alone furniture. Built-in seating can do a lot to raise the value of a home, but it also means that if you move, you’ll have to re-conceptualize your brunch nook for the new space. Built-in bench seating also has the option of doubling as storage space, which can be convenient, especially if you want to keep blankets and pillows close for when you’re entertaining.
Speaking of blankets, there are a couple of temperature concerns that may affect your brunch nook. Since many amazing nooks include windows with a nice view of the outdoors (perfect for morning birdwatching!), you’ll want to make sure the windows and doors are properly sealed and possibly tinted to prevent air leakage. If you’re planning on hosting more than 4 people at a time, you’ll also want to consider air circulation, making sure that summer days don’t get hot and stuffy.
If you’re storing wine in your brunch nook space, you’ll want to put your wine rack or storage unit in a place where the temperature is consistent- the cooler the better. You’ll also want to avoid putting it in direct sunlight, since light and humidity are the two factors that most directly affect the aging process.
As you’re measuring and planning, you’ll want to consider walkways and traffic flow throughout your house. You want seating to be easily accessible, and if possible, it’d be great to have the table in an open space where people get in and out from all sides. If that isn’t an option, be sure to have plenty of space for people to walk in front of and behind each other.
This is the first article in a 3 part series that’ll give you ideas and things you’ll want to keep in mind when adding a brunch nook to your home. Be sure to share your experience in the comments!
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