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9 Considerations for Adding a Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands, unattached counters positioned in the center of the kitchen with access from all sides utilized primarily for food preparation is known as a kitchen island, originally made an appearance in the 1970’s and have experienced increased popularity from the 1990’s through the present. A preference for open concept living is believed to have spurred the escalation. Similarly, a peninsula is differentiated from an island, as a peninsula is connected to a wall on one side. The following nine considerations will assist homeowners to design the perfect island for a home.

  1. Additional Features:  Cook tops, dishwashers, sinks, warming drawers or a wine chiller might be added to an island. Consideration should be given to the budget as additional features will quickly add cost.
  2. Available Floor Space:  Carefully measure the kitchen floor space when deciding on the size for an island. Allow for generous access on all four sides.
  3. Entertaining:  Islands are perfect for entertaining guests at home. Meals or party food could be served buffet style from an island.
  4. Extra Food Preparation Space:  The most common consideration for adding a kitchen island is the need for extra food preparation space. An island is the perfect food preparation space, as it is convenient to the sink, stove and refrigerator all at the same time due to accessibility on all four sides.
  5. Increased Home Value:  Islands add resale value to a home. Potential buyers look for open design, quality cabinets, ample storage and symmetry in kitchens.
  6. Inexpensive Materials:  An island can be created from stock cabinets ordered through a local home supply store. Although granite may be utilized on all other countertops, homeowners may opt for a butcher block or stainless steel countertop for the island.
  7. Multi-level Island:  Many homeowners select a multi-level island for adapting to various functions. Lower levels are especially accessible for children and mobility impaired individuals. 
  8. Seating:  Homeowners often add an overhang to accommodate barstools on one side of the island. Barstools may be added to create a breakfast bar, completing homework, crafting or other tasks.
  9. Storage Space:  An island might be utilized to generate additional storage space for canned goods, small kitchen appliances, pots, pans, and other kitchen items. Cabinet doors may be placed on an island to create closed storage.

 

*Photo courtesy of Chalon Kitchen with Curved Worktable by Chalon Handmade at Flickr’s Creative Commons.

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