Published at Monday, March 18th 2019. by Luvia Jarvinen in Kitchen Islands.
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.
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.
Some newer kitchen island ideas include the following features: rolling islands that can be used where a large island won't fit, granite-topped islands, and islands with furniture like features such as pilasters.
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.
What can we expect to pay for an island during a remodel? This one is too hard to answer because there are simply too many choices. A "ready to install" stock island you can purchase in a home store with connections for drainage and power can run about $800. A custom concrete countertop island with sink, cooktop, and wine refrigerator can easily eclipse $10,000.
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.
As well as being a functional room for cooking and preparing meals, the kitchen can also be the central hub of many homes, and a place where a lot of entertaining takes place. During a kitchen renovation project, if you have the space, you may want to add a kitchen island. In this article, we will look more closely at some of the features that you can include when you install one in your kitchen.
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