Megan Ryan. Kitchen Island. September 01st , 2020.
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 are a design feature that can make your kitchen much more efficient. But, a word of caution: this is one design item where you should definitely consult with a design expert while you are designing your kitchen. Unless you have lots of experience in kitchen design, or interior decorating, it is hard to get a good feel for how an island will work.
According to the National Association of HomeBuilders (NAHB), kitchen islands are one of the most popular kitchen design features among today`s consumers. The NAHB also reports that buyers of new homes have also indicated a desire for kitchen islands as well. Actually some 80% of homebuyers consider a kitchen island to be an absolute must.
There are a lot of options available not only in terms of design but also in terms of accessories that you can incorporate in your kitchen island plan before you begin your work. You can incorporate a sink, a stovetop, and other kitchen accessories in the kitchen island design so your home improvement project becomes a well-planned and financially controlled endeavor.
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.
Some features to consider in adding a kitchen island can include the oven, kitchen exhaust hood, electric switches and outlets, and storage and shelves. Finally as for the material of the island counter while you could use the same material for the island counter as you have for the kitchen counter it is possible to consider different materials to create a more interesting look.
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