Elizabeth B. Gibbons. Kitchen Islands. December 11th , 2017.
The new kitchen trend has homeowners doing whatever`s necessary to make room for an island, including moving walls and taking space from other rooms. The island is the new "it" feature for every kitchen. Self-proclaimed cooks and chefs are looking for elements such as flip-down cutting boards or a life to bring heavy mixers and blenders up to a convenient level. Other amenities include a microwave oven drawer effective for saving countertop space, motorized countertops that can adjust to accommodate the height of the cook, and don`t forget the flatscreen television.
Kitchen Islands - Making the Ordinary Extraordinary!. It seems lately when most people are dreaming of their ideal kitchen, an island is high on the wish list. Islands can be an integral part of the design layout and improve overall functionality or they can be an impediment to the flow of the work space. How can you determine if your space can handle an island and if so, how to take it up a notch in design? Carefully consider your floor plan and the amount of overall space you need for an adequate sized island as well as the space around it to maneuver easily. A good island layout functions as a "traffic cop" directing traffic around the primary cook zones and should be a minimum of 30 inches wide. The length is negotiable but I would recommend at least 36 inches. If you do not have at least this amount of "heft" to the island, you risk making it look crowded and undersized at best, and at worse are creating a hip busting, aggravating obstacle to good movement around the kitchen.
Gone are the days when food preparation and cooking take place behind closed doors. These are now integrated into the experience for friends and family who can interact and help the chef who can enjoy socializing instead of being hidden away. The islands rise in popularity is a logical one. Most people naturally gravitate to the kitchen`s centerpiece. It`s typically characterized by cabinets that create storage space, and what we put away, we must retrieve.
Some islands have a counter overhang which is perfect for extra kitchen dining space. Adding chairs or bar stools to a kitchen can eliminate the need for a breakfast table. A island with eating space can also make the kitchen feel more welcoming and open for guests. Extra seating in the kitchen with the help of a kitchen island allows for a more relaxed feel for guests than a formal dining room.
Choosing the Right Kitchen Island. If there is one kitchen feature that has become vital and popular in the last 15 years or so, it has to be the kitchen island. These little oases in the middle of kitchens are used for a wide variety of purposes. You and your contractor will have to talk about the various types and what you expect from your new kitchen addition in order to make the best decision. While you are weighing your options, here are a few of the features of the kitchen island you should keep in mind. There is more to picking a kitchen island than just function.
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