Inspiration for Some “Island Time”
It is cold and dark outside, and you are dreaming of a winter getaway … we are too. But we have a suggestion for some “island time” that does not involve plane tickets or reservations.
If you are like us, a good deal of your time is spent in the kitchen. And the reality is that cooking represents just one of the many life events where the kitchen is the focal point.
Kitchen remodeling means creating space not only for meal preparation, but for entertaining, homework, keeping family schedules, paying bills, and squeezing in a bit of work while waiting for the coffee to brew.
Where does kitchen activity happen? The island, of course!
Island Shape & Size
When adding a center island to your kitchen, it should not be so large that it creates a bottleneck or otherwise disrupts the flow of movement. This is often accomplished by opening up the floor plan to allow kitchen traffic to flow easily in and around the space. The layout should make it possible for more than one person to cook at a time. Additionally, those who are not cooking will feel comfortable gathering in a kitchen if there is sufficient space outside of the work area for them to relax while not feeling like they are in the way.
Multiple Countertop Heights
With the kitchen accommodating so many different activities, it is smart to have countertops at varying heights; just match the height to the desired activity of the area.
Built-In Appliances and Fixtures
An island is a great place to install appliances that can be used easily by one family member while someone else is working at a counter on the perimeter. A large island can accommodate an accessible microwave and an under-counter refrigerator for drinks and snacks. Other popular options are a cooktop, an extra prep sink, a butcher block cutting surface, and extra storage, shelves, drawers, or cabinets.
Get the Options You Need
Kitchen remodels, while exciting, can be challenging to plan because trends in features, finishes, and fixtures are ever-changing. That is why we are here!
Our designers and builders have the creativity, experience, and design know-how to provide lots of island ideas and will be happy to explain your options for adding or updating your kitchen island. And, of course, we are able to make recommendations to ensure you are getting everything you want and need from your newly remodeled kitchen.