Luke Walsh. Kitchen Island. September 17th , 2020.
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.
There are unlimited resources available in choosing a kitchen island plan through the various sites on the Internet however if you are a gifted individual with carpentry skills nothing is more satisfying than a do-it-yourself kitchen island plan that will certainly match the rest of your kitchen and the home in general.
If you have a smaller kitchen space, that doesn`t mean that you can`t add island space to your kitchen. A portable kitchen island or food preparation cart can add a usable surface area in a smaller space. You can store the cart out of the way most of the time, and then roll it out for use during meal preparation. The movable island can match your kitchen cabinets or it can have a completely different style, the choice is yours.
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.
In most situations, a kitchen island is the ideal way to separate the kitchen from the living room. If the kitchen island has cooktop, sinks, or pull-out drawer refrigerators then this accommodates greater convenience and socializing since one can do dishes and preparation while conversing with guests in the living room. There are endless uses for kitchen islands.
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.
Kitchen islands work best in larger L, U, or G-shape kitchens. If the kitchen is too small, the kitchen island will become an obstruction and hinder easy movement. The best custom kitchen islands for small to midsize kitchens are a portable butcher block or kitchen cart for food prep or extra storage.
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