Gino Silvestri. Kitchen Island. September 30th , 2020.
Kitchen islands are a tricky item to successfully add to your kitchen design, but well worth considering when you are remodeling your kitchen. You may be surprised at the increase in convenience in the meal preparation and added counter space an island will provide. But, it is hard to visualize the space required and the best size for any island addition, so be sure you get all the information you need to make the best decision for your kitchen.
Island tops are usually hardwood, granite or marble, stainless steel, or butcher block, which is usually Hardrock Maple fastened end or edge grain to prevent cracking and warping.
Additional kitchen island ideas are to consider using shelf space on the sides of your kitchen island for cookbooks, collectibles, or storage. A built-in TV works here, especially if it faces the family room. Or a microwave may work well for heating up after-school snacks and cooking foods quickly.
With the different levels, materials, and appliances that are all used to create a kitchen island, why stop with just one? Adding multiple islands creates not one, but two or more focal points for your kitchen. Multiple islands could be connected or remain separated in your kitchen to give yourself additional countertop space, gathering areas, and more. Putting an island on wheels is another way to make the island convenient, and is a perfect idea for people who love to entertain and need a space that can change in an instant.
A second kitchen sink can be included on the kitchen island. Use a sink that is deep enough for washing large pots and pans, and consider equipping the kitchen island with a trash compactor, garbage disposal, recycle bin, and even a dishwasher. Cleanup will be much easier when these appliances are close by the sink.
If you do not have the time to tackle a DIY, you can hire somebody to make a custom kitchen island that you have chosen from kitchen island design resources and kitchen island ideas all over the Internet. Just make sure that the complete bill of materials is listed down to the very last nail that you will use and that the kitchen island plan you want fits perfectly in your kitchen layout.
Adding an eating area to your kitchen island is a popular option if you have space. A raised counter, creating a two-tiered island adds useful space to the kitchen while separating the eating surface from the food preparation surface of the island. This type of arrangement is great for families as the children can do homework on the raised surface, while other family members can be preparing a meal. The family can spend time together, yet keep their things separate from each other. The eating area added to an island can add useful space to the kitchen or help to define the kitchen space from other areas of the house.
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