Published at Wednesday, March 13th 2019. by Lari Lampi in Kitchen Islands.
If you are not looking just for resale value, and we assume many of you will actually want to use your island, just think if the main uses for the island before construction. Will it be a place for the kids to eat breakfast or a baking center for your wife who like to make pies and cakes? The design should really follow the function when it comes to an island. For example, if you are tired of not being able to put hot pots directly on your countertop, install granite on your island, where placing a red hot pan should be no problem.
In order to make sure that you are getting the right kitchen island, you need to understand that they tend to be better suited to certain shapes of kitchen, such as ones that are designed in a G, U or L shapes. If your kitchen is on the small side, you may regret installing an island, as it is something that can restrict your movement around your kitchen, instead you should opt for a mobile kitchen cart or butcher block.
However, if you are remodeling your kitchen, you must keep the originality of your kitchen and only apply essential elements from the new design that you have chosen, such as only adding stools but keeping other things, or perhaps only rearranging the position of the elements of the existing island. You should also investigate the benefits of kitchen islands with seating and how to achieve it.
As homes continue to evolve, the importance of an efficient kitchen is becoming more and more apparent. Kitchen islands are very handy to have in a kitchen. Even though they are not a must have, they take a kitchen to a completely new level when it comes to maximum utilization of the entire kitchen space. They add an attractive look and also provide people with the ease of food preparation and versatility.
We are often asked if the countertop of the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop in style, or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop. In most homes I would say it does match, but it really does not have to at all, nor does the material need to be the same. In fact, if you are not going to match them up exactly it's better if it looks like you are not even trying to match them, so using a completely different color and surface is perfectly acceptable.
If your kitchen island contains an oven or cooking top, then it makes sense to install an overhead extractor hood in order to eliminate smoke and odors. If it's going to feature a sink, then you need to install a sink that is big enough and deep enough for you to wash your large pots and pans, and you can even add a waste disposal unit and even something such as a dishwasher.
The choices are unlimited and depend only on your budget, taste and kitchen space. Kitchen islands are such unique structures and even a simple one with a decent countertop can enhance the look of your kitchen while making it more functional at the same time.
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