Why are Kitchen Islands so important – check it out!
Generally speaking, many kitchens are disorganized with layouts which lead to other issues:
- Utilize the kitchen work triangle for ideal island position to maximize your kitchens layout:
- Cooking work center
- Sink or cleanup work center
A kitchen Island is at the center of your kitchen’s room dynamics:
Basic design work center
- A centralized section of cabinetry with countertop
- Many options for countertop overhangs to incorporate seating
- Replaces your larger dinette table and chairs
- Supplements your dining room
- Doubles up as a buffet table for all sorts of occasions
Single station work center
- Design your kitchen sink or an additional prep sink in the island
- Pair up a dishwasher and recycling/trash drawer to complete your sink area
- Cooking center
- Whether using a range top or a cook top, electric or gas, plan on ventilation
- Consider a slide in range which adds an oven to your cooking surface
- A built-in microwave oven – uses a drawer operation for convenience
- Use a warming drawer adjacent to the cooking center
- Whether an under-counter unit or refrigerator drawers, the added and likely more accessible refrigeration at your island will compliment your main fridge
Multiple station work centers
- Incorporate one or two refrigerator drawers next to your sink area
- To coordinate with your oven along the outside wall of your kitchen, have a built-in microwave oven in the island – now you have more working countertop space
- A wine fridge will double your island as a working wet bar
“Center of attention”
- Maybe the best reason why an island is so important in what it can do
- Centralized “Chef’s space”
- Gathering place for “chefs” visitors and/or helpers
- Shortens your distance traveled from station to station
- Doubles up as a paperwork, crafts or homework station when not in use at meal time
- Cabinetry – bookcase for books, collectibles, photos & Art displays and games storage
What’s the shape of your kitchen? Take inventory of what’s currently in your kitchen – how does your “Work Triangle” measure up? What are your needs work center wise and for storage. A strategically placed Island can address so many needs for a kitchen. Based on available space maybe you could benefit from two Islands.
Contact a Remodeling Designer for your overall design review – much like you’d contact a personal trainer for an exercise program for better fitness! Develop a floor plan. See how an Island will dovetail into your space. Review elevations and 3D color images to visualize your refreshed space.
Lighting will enhance your space much like a fine jewelry store highlights their gems and jewelry items.
Like your favorite recipe, so does a successful remodel. Kootenia Homes & Remodeling, we can help you achieve your dream space!