Kitchen Renovation: Kitchen Island

Most home cooks wage a continual battle for work space. Often, other family members fill kitchen countertops with items that have nothing to do with the kitchen - purses, school books, or junk mail! Remember: a beautiful kitchen is a clutter-free kitchen

So what can the frustrated home cook do?

If you have sufficient floor space, a kitchen island can provide a wonderful kitchen upgrade. An island can add counter and cabinet space; you can even inspire a total kitchen transformation by adding a range or dishwasher!

Most importantly for the home cook, an island divides the kitchen, providing a communal space for family members and guests to relax while the cook performs his work without interference!

Kitchen Island Space

Of the five kitchen layouts, a kitchen island works best with the U-shaped or L-shaped designs or the enviable open-floor plan. Whatever your layout, make sure your island fits your space. A kitchen island should occupy no more than 10%-15% of a kitchen's total square footage. A larger island will impede movement - and any home cook will tell you: besides work space, the most important element of a kitchen upgrade is maintaining a smooth traffic flow.

A kitchen island is not only about additional work space. An island can also provide extra storage space with new cabinets and drawers.

Kitchen Island Types

Kitchen islands come in many unique shapes and sizes. A high-quality kitchen renovation company can build your kitchen island to conform precisely to your unique space demands. In terms of functionality, however, kitchen islands typically fall into two categories: a table top island or a multi-level island. The table top island creates an expansive space for work and entertainment. A serious cook might prefer a multi-level space with a barrier to keep family and guests away from the cooking area.

Special Considerations

Including a kitchen island in your kitchen renovation project requires the help of an experienced electrician - and if you plan to add a sink or dishwasher, a plumber.

Kitchen islands offer an opportunity to increase electrical outlets. According to the electrical code, any countertop space must include at least two outlets. You can place your outlets on the countertop, but in the service of kitchen modernization, many homeowners prefer to "hide" the outlets under the countertop, or even in a drop-down drawer.

The choice to add an oven range, sink, or dishwasher depends on how you want to use the space. Some cooks might prefer to use the countertop exclusively for prep space. A kitchen island oven, sink, or, dishwasher, on the other hand, can create a much-needed kitchen overhaul!

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