How to create a sociable home for family, friends and fun

open plan kitchen diner diner with mezzanine living area
(Image credit: VESP Architects)

Creating a sociable home is usually something most people strive for — after all, what could be nicer than being able to bring friends and family together into a space that feels welcoming, comfortable, restful and encourages fun and relaxation? 

Just as when designing a home for a young family, there are several points to consider if you want your home to work as a flexible space suitable for all kinds of activities. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.