Giuditta Conte. Kitchen Island. September 30th , 2020.
What of ready-to-install kitchen islands? As much as possible, do not buy this type of kitchen island no matter how avant-garde they may look because they may not match your overall kitchen and home decor and you will end up spending more than necessary or become dejected because one part of the house does not complement the rest!
Maximize natural light by having windows and skylights, and keep kitchen wall surfaces light in color to reflect daylight. Custom kitchen islands work great by using pendant or recessed fixtures to direct light onto the kitchen island and other work areas. Electrical codes will likely require that electrical outlets be located on the sides of fixed kitchen islands, not on the top, to prevent electrical shock.
Now that you`ve decided to build a kitchen island, materials are something to consider. There are many materials available to build your island with such as wood and stainless steel as well as a wide variety of countertop options like quartz or granite that will give your kitchen island an original design. Your materials should be selected to match the rest of your kitchen. A kitchen island should complement the space without overwhelming it or sticking out. Wood can give a kitchen a rustic, chic feel while natural stones like granite and quartz offer your new surface durability and timeless elegance. Stainless steel is a great surface to use for cooking and creating edible masterpieces and marble could be another alternative to a traditional design, depending on your budget.
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.
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.
Allow adequate countertop space on both sides (left and right) of the kitchen island if a sink or cooktop will be used. Include at least 15 inches of countertop space on each side, and if your kitchen is large enough, allow even more space. You can never have too much countertop space in a kitchen. Also, rounded countertop corners help protect everyone from bad bruises — this is true about all kitchen countertop corners.
It is therefore an astute decision on your part to check out the various Internet resources for free kitchen island plans at your disposal before getting started in constructing a custom kitchen island or buying ready to install kitchen island at a home improvement center. Doing your research on kitchen island ideas is certainly the first move you should make if you are planning a kitchen makeover!
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