3 Things to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen and Deciding on the Perfect Kitchen Island
A central Kitchen Island is a very popular feature. Many homeowners in Marietta looking to purchase houses, desire a kitchen island and even consider it as a must-have feature. The Kitchen Island can add extra shelf, cabinet and dining space, and can be an excellent place for entertaining. However, you will want to make sure that the one you design makes sense and matches the layout of your kitchen. While you certainly want it to be beautiful, it is even more important to have one that works for your needs, from a functional standpoint.
Ask yourself important questions such as “are you right handed?” This will help you determine how to place appliances. Furthermore different islands have different purposes. Will yours be for prep work, entertaining, cooking, or cleaning? Some kitchen islands will require more room based on their function. In addition, certain features of an island can cost significantly more. For example, a multi-level kitchen island and an island with pull-out drawers cost a lot more than single-level islands with open shelves. (Depending on materials used the prices can vary greatly.)
You might also consider a peninsula rather than an island.
What Appliances Do You Need?
This is a major decision, as it will affect the cost of your island. For example, if you want to run plumbing for a sink, or gas or electric for a stove, oven, or other appliances, this will be significantly more expensive than a kitchen island that is designed solely for entertaining, or for prep work. Free-standing appliances such as a microwave that sits on the counter-top can be less expensive than built-in ones like an overhead microwave, as well.
How Much Space Will You Need?
Know not just the dimensions of your kitchen island, but how much space you will need around it. Make sure that you have PLENTY of clearance around the kitchen island for easy maneuverability in your kitchen, and even more if you want to have room for more than one person to pass at the same time. Make sure that you have enough space around the island for seating. Each seat takes right at two feet of space. If your space is smaller, you might want to consider a rolling island.
Kitchen Island Surface Material
This may seem like a small concern, but the choice of countertop material in the Atlanta area can be very important since the island is going to be the centerpiece of your kitchen and the first thing folks see when they walk in. While you can save money with less expensive counters, you don’t want to cut corners on the surface material. Compare and discuss materials with the team Artistic Kitchens & More, prior to making a final decision.
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