Kitchen Island is a great addition to any kitchen and is more useful than the owner initially suspected.
The kitchen island can be used to store food, increase the space for cooking and preparation, add extra seating, and increase the resale value of your home.
Don't forget the island when you remodel your existing kitchen.
If you want to make a complete kitchen remodel for yourself or for the maximum resale value, don't ignore the kitchen island.
Used to be just a place to pull stools so that children can eat before going to the bus, the island, and the function of the kitchen has changed a lot in the past 10 years.
Except Seat 4 (or more)
Today, the island is used to store "luxury" appliances that do not fit the cabinet structure, such as a second microwave, a second oven, a wine refrigerator, and even another stove.
Most of the time, the island is fully wired, and the second sink has pipes.
The bottom of the island can be used as a wine rack.
The possibilities are almost endless.
We are often asked if the countertop on the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop style or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop.
In most families I would say it does match but it doesn't need it at all and the material doesn't need the same.
In fact, it would be better if you didn't intend to match them exactly, if it looks like you didn't even try to match them, so it's perfectly acceptable to use a completely different color and surface.
For example, when the rest of the kitchen table is made of granite or other materials, we have seen the concrete island.
We have seen a black island that is used as a beautiful "dividing wall" to keep the children away from the white kitchen.
What can we expect to pay for the island during the renovation?
This answer is too difficult to answer because there are too many choices.
You can buy an inventory Island "ready to install" at a home store with drainage and power connections for about $800.
Custom concrete countertop island with sink, stove top and wine refrigerator is easily over $10,000.
If you are not just looking for resale value, we assume that many of you will actually want to use your island and think about the main use of the island before building it.
For the wife who likes to make pies and cakes, is this the place where the kids eat breakfast or the baking center?
Design should really follow this function when it comes to an island.
For example, if you are tired of not being able to put hot pot directly on the countertop, then installing granite on your island, there should be no problem to place a red hot pot there.
Properly plan the height of the cabinet.
Since most islands have at least two stools or chairs pulled to the surface of the water, you may want to think about seats or stools first.
There are two kinds of bar stools, one is much higher than the other.
Unless the island is mainly used for family eating, there is really no hard rule on the height of the body.
It doesn't need to match the height of the kitchen cabinet, but it often matches.
If it doesn't match, it should be higher in most cases.
Islands can also "float ".
Smaller islands that are mainly used for cooking or baking can install wheels and move around the kitchen as needed to help with cooking.
Whether you consider floating islands may depend on what you have installed on the floor now, or what you plan to install (
Soft wood will be scratched).
For those who reshape and look for a "open" feel, perhaps the wall or half wall between the kitchen and the dining room is torn down, the island of a strategic location acts mentally as a subtle room partition that separates the kitchen from the dining room but feels more open.