Published at Monday, March 18th 2019. by Luvia Jarvinen in Kitchen Islands.
Instead of installing a giant brick structure in the middle of the kitchen to place your groceries, one can incorporate electric and plumbing into the kitchen island. A good island should always have everything within reach. A sink should be nearby for chopping fruits and vegetables. Having an electric stove installed within is also a great idea.
If you are looking to do a complete kitchen remodeling for yourself, or for maximum resale value, don't neglect the kitchen island. Once just a place to pull up some stools so the kids could eat before running to the bus, the island and it's function in the kitchen has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years.
Island tops are usually hard wood, granite or marble, stainless steel, or butcher block, which is usually Hardrock Maple fastened end or edge grain to prevent cracking and warping.
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.
There are many kitchen island ideas that you can apply to your kitchen for both remodeling and new construction, from DIY projects to simply buying the ideas from kitchen design companies. The first thing you need to do is decide on the design. There are many designs available, but some designs are more popular among homeowners.
Kitchen Islands can have some additional design options like breakfast bars and installed appliances which can achieve the 'triangle' design of sink-stove-refrigerator that is considered one of the top kitchen design ideas. Kitchen Islands are also available in many styles and designs such as: Contemporary, Traditional, American Folk and French Country.
If designed correctly, a kitchen island can really enhance the look and feel of your kitchen, not to mention the overall functionality of this busiest of rooms. Not only that but installing it as part of a kitchen renovation project can actually add much need resale value to your home.
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