Reno Notebook / By Kelley Rowland / October 1, 2018
Banquettes: Your New Seating Soulmate
Casual dinners just got cozier
We can all agree that mealtime is about more than just eating a meal; it’s about sharing one. Enter the banquette: cozy benches for the kitchen or dining area that foster intimacy and maximize floor space. See how these homeowners worked with Sweeten, a free service matching renovators with vetted general contractors, brought bench seating to the next level.
Brooke and Paul’s kitchen didn’t befit the historical architecture of the home nor the family of five’s active lifestyle. To make it more functional, they created multiple dining areas, including an eat-in island, plus a table with chairs and a banquette. The custom L-shaped bench provides a casual and comfortable space for the couple and their three young children to enjoy together.
Prewar details gave Laura and Walter’s home lots of charm, but the original layout (particularly in the kitchen) was a challenge to work with. Along with their Sweeten contractor, they reimagined the space, and created a kitchen with room to cook and entertain. The dining nook, an integral feature, provides additional seating and plenty of storage above, below, and to the side.
Nazli and Larry’s townhouse renovation was a big undertaking. On the parlor floor, including the living room and kitchen, they turned the room that initially drew them to the home, into a dining room and bar area. The long, built-in bench that runs along the bottom of the Tiffany window supplies plenty of seating, and houses their son’s drawing supplies.
From kitchen tables to islands, see how else the eat-in kitchen is becoming a mainstay.
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