The kitchen has for many years been the center and the heart of most homes today and has become much more than a place just to cook. Oftentimes it is a social hub that can double as a homework area, craft room, or mini-office. An attractive kitchen island acts as the room’s focal point and is also visually pleasing.
Kitchen islands serve a number of great functions, the most obvious is that they increase the kitchen’s functionality and offer more space for family and friends to gather.
In a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 70% of new buyers want an island in their kitchen, and of those, 50% consider it a must-have. It seems apparent that adding an island is a smart consideration as well as a good investment when remodeling your kitchen.
Keep in mind that an island can take up a substantial amount of space and not every kitchen layout will accommodate an island, so it’s important to have this discussion with your designer or contractor ahead of time. Most people like to place the island in the center of the room making it easily accessible from all sides and leaving enough space between the island and the perimeter for people to walk through without bumping into each other. The room’s layout will determine the size and shape of the island and whether you can have seating on one side or just a functional working island.
If you have room for an island, you can add appliances that you might not otherwise be able to enjoy. Items like an under-counter microwave, a wine refrigerator or extra prep sink are all considerations that can offer a way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen and make your life easier.
From creating more counter space to adding extra seating, a kitchen island can be a terrific addition to your kitchen remodel. Plan ahead, be sure you have the room for it and be sure to work with a reputable kitchen designer, remodeler or contractor who will help you get the most out of your new kitchen.