By Valeria Haves. Kitchen Island. Published at Thursday, December 27th, 2018 - 06:53:45 AM.
If you are looking to do a complete kitchen remodeling for yourself, or for all‐out 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.
In extra to seating 4 (or more), islands today are used to house ″luxury″ gadgets that don‘t fit in the cabinet structure like a second microwave, second oven, wine refrigerator or even another cooktop. Islands numerous times are fully wired for electricity and have plumbing for a second sink. The base of an island can be used as a wine rack. The potentials are nearly endless.
We are often asked if the countertop of the island requires to match the existing kitchen countertop in mode, or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop. In most homes I would say it does match, but it really doesn‘t have to at all, nor does the material need to be the same. In fact, if you aren‘t going to match them up exactly it′s better if it looks like you aren‘t even trying to match them, so using a completely different color and the surface is perfectly acceptable. For sample, we have seen islands of concrete when the rest of the kitchen countertop is made of granite or another material. We have realized a black island used as a nice ″dividing wall″ to keep the kids away from a white kitchen.
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 aren‘t 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.
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