By Queena Carter. Kitchen Island. Published at Friday, December 21st, 2018 - 18:43:33 PM.
A Kitchen island is a valuable asset in today‘s homes. It acts as the central meeting place within the kitchen itself, which we all recognize as the heart of the home. This multi‐functional piece of furniture wears several hats over the course of the day. It can act as a food prep zone, a family gathering spot, homework center, and mobile office, just to name a few.
Typically my clients expect these islands to meet a specific set of criteria.
Kitchen Islands can be successfully incorporated into many types of layouts ‐ of course depending on your overall room. Islands tend to work best in these 3 types of kitchen plans:
- A Galley Kitchen. In a smaller galley‐type kitchen, removing a wall and opening it up to a neighboring room will allow for a perfect island application.
- An L‐Shaped Kitchen. A very trendy layout for the work triangle and is a perfect layout for adding an island to your kitchen plans (If you have the luxury of the room).
- A U‐Shaped Kitchen. Again offering you have the room between countertops and is open to another room, the U shape kitchen is a very efficient layout and an island would only enhance the overall function of your kitchen.
I want to leave you with a few insider tips when re‐designing your kitchen and incorporating an island into the plans.
Utilize diverse materials, surfaces and cabinetry on your island ‐ creating a more unique piece of furniture and focal point within the room. It keeps the eye interested.
Island sizes range from +36" wide x +72" long ‐ depending on the room you have.
If possible allow for at least 42" between countertop and island counter top. (36" is minimal ‐ but work‐able if you‘re tight on room).
Allow 42" clearance for aisles and traffic patterns.
Island heights can vary as well and be multi‐leveled. They can be designed at countertop height of 36" with a dropped eating area of 30" in height, or an elevated bar area of 44" high. The choice is yours.
Renovating your kitchen and implementing an island into your room will undoubtedly growth your home‘s value and could yield you a return on investment of 75% ‐ 90%. That is an enormous advantage to any homeowner.
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