"One piece of advice my dad gave me that I’ve always remembered is people tend to congregate in the kitchen/family area and how important those areas are when designing a home," says Wollack.
"Gone are the days of hiding a kitchen. Opening the kitchen and family room into one big space is essential these days," she says. "An area to entertain with a large island that people can sit at can create a more relaxed environment. It's hard to ever get people in your dining room again!"