The Best Kitchen Island Designs

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The Best Kitchen Island Designs
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Tue, 02-19-2008 - 10:51am

from an article by by James Mahoney at
http://www.kitchendesignersideas.com/kitchen_island_article.html

According to the National Association of HomeBuilders (NAHB), kitchen islands are one of the most popular kitchen design features among today's consumers. The NAHB also reports that buyers of new homes have also indicated a desire for kitchen islands as well. Actually some 80% of homebuyers consider a kitchen island to be an absolute must.

Some newer kitchen island ideas include the following features: rolling islands that can be used where a large island won't fit, granite-topped islands, and islands with furniture like features as pilasters.

New homebuyers aren't the only ones that should consider a kitchen island design for their kitchen. Some older homes with an awkward kitchen floor plan with limited space can also benefit from a kitchen island design idea. Closed off kitchens have been transformed into more open looking kitchens by lowering existing walls half way to forms islands between the kitchen and nearby living space.

Many Kitchen Island Styles
Kitchen Islands have become so popular that this has even led to the creation of unique design styles of their own. A kitchen island can have the same design as the main counter and cabinets or it can have its own unique design.
Before deciding on any type of kitchen design you need to be certain of the shape. In addition traditional rectangle or square a rounded or oval island can bring a whole new look to your kitchen. Whether in a single row kitchen or as part of an L-shape design the kitchen island will be the heart of the whole kitchen. Some basic kitchen design ideas need to be considered.

Kitchen Islands can have some additional design options like breakfast bars and installed appliances which can achieve the 'triangle' design of sink-stove-refrigerator that is considered one of the top kitchen design ideas.
Kitchen Islands are also available in many styles and designs such as: Contemporary, Traditional, American Folk and French Country.

Many kitchen islands can be created with natural woods such as, Northern Maple, Red Oak, Poplar, Birch, and plantation-grown exotic woods. Other kinds of kitchen islands are constructed of stainless steel, or wood combined with stainless steel.

Island tops are usually hard wood, granite or marble, stainless steel, or butcher block, which is usually Hardrock Maple fastened end or edge grain to prevent cracking and warping.

What to Include in a Kitchen Island
Some features to consider in adding a kitchen island can include the oven as the main componet of your kitchen island, electric switches and outlets (a kitchen island can be an ideal area for additional outlets for kitchen appliances), storage and shelves. Finally as for the material of the island counter while you could use the same material for the island counter as you have for the kitchen counter it is possible to consider different materials to create an more interesting look. You might want to consider a kitchen exhaust hood over your kitchen island.
The right kind of kitchen lighting is important for kitchen islands. The island should be well lit. Your kitchen island plan should provide locations for lighting in the ceiling as well as around the kitchen exhaust hood.



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Sat, 02-23-2008 - 9:41am

from http://www.rusticgirls.com/kitchen-renovation-tips.html

· If space permits, a kitchen island is a great idea. Families congregate in the kitchen and an island provides and inviting place to gather. If you decide to install a kitchen island, choose one that provides as much storage as possible. Some kitchen islands include cupboards and drawers below the countertop. Others provide a cooking top or sink.

· If your kitchen island will have a cook top, install it six inches higher than the eating counter. This acts as a barrier between the eating area and cooking utensils, pots and pans and allows a space for people to gather to chat with the cook.



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from http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/hm_rm_kitchens/article/0,2085,DIY_16833_3307595,00.html

Today's kitchen designs often incorporate another countertop workspace that stands independent from the wall -- the kitchen island (figure G). Islands are a preference and luxury item.

You should consider the following when thinking about adding a kitchen island to your new home:

• The amount of space that you have.

• How will the island affect the plumbing in the kitchen?

• How will the island affect the electrical plans in the kitchen? For example, you can have a disposable sink, work area, bar sink or an area to prepare vegetables (a chopping board can be incorporated into the island) in the island.

• An island has to have a loop vent, which is a foot vent that has to go up and through an exterior wall.

• Gas pipes going up to an island can also be a little more difficult because you're not using a common wall. It's more work to have to separate that line and going underneath the slab or underneath the wood floor and bringing it back up to the island.



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http://www.renovatorsplace.com/dsp_articles.cfm?l_article_id=622

Kitchen Islands: Getting the Size Right
By Allison E. Beatty
Renovators Place Columnist

While kitchen cabinets play an important role in space planning, don't forget to focus some attention on the island. An island that is too big or too small can have a dramatic effect on how well the overall room flows. Here's how to ensure you're building one that is just the right size.

Not Too Big

When it comes to some home improvement projects, bigger is not always better. This is particularly true for kitchen islands, which play a vital role in cooking, entertaining, and cleanup.

The island should be proportional to the room and the kitchen cabinets. Even in a roomy 14-foot by 18-foot space, you don't want to use too much space for the island. If you are adding seating, allow a few extra feet for chair movement. Discuss these important issues with your contractor as the room layout is being crafted.

Not Too Small

An island that is too small also poses a problem. It may leave you frustrated as you try to chop vegetables and serve meals. In a small kitchen, an island should be at least four feet by three feet, but ideally, if you have enough space, it should be six feet in either direction.

Planning For Appliances As you consider the size of the island, think about what goes around it. If you have a wall oven nearby, make sure the door has plenty of room to open. If the dishwasher is close to the island perimeter, add a little extra room for loading and unloading. The same holds true for a refrigerator or wine cooler that fits under the counter.

The island size--along with your cabinet layout--should allow for easy movement in the kitchen. You typically want to have at least 42 inches open around the island for traffic flow. And, be careful of an island that is too wide and forces you to stretch to clean the whole area.

As you review the kitchen cabinet and island layout with your contractor, step back and look at the overall room. Does the island overpower the space or fit right into a well-planned room?



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Ultra-Stylish, Ultra-Functional Kitchen Islands

At their most basic, kitchen islands improve function and efficiency in the kitchen, adding valuable work space. But they can do so much more. Outfitted with a sink, a cooktop, warming drawers, refrigerator drawers, or a dishwasher, an island makes food preparation and cleanup much more convenient and often more social. Add space for counter stools, and you have a spot for breakfast or snacks. Positioned as a room divider, a kitchen island becomes a self-service buffet for a party.

Kitchen islands work well in U-shape and L-shape kitchens because they shorten the distance between work centers and direct traffic outside the work core. Islands also add beauty and architectural interest to the kitchen.



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Hi Carol! Just popping in to say hello and read a few of your ideas for kitchens. Mine needs some work but I'm thinking a really good decluttering of cupboards should be the 1st thing I do. I don't have room for an island but I seriously wish I did.


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How to Add Beauty, Function and Value to the Heart of Your Home - a slide show:

http://www.hgtv.com/kitchens/kitchen-islands-the-beauty-the-function-the-investment/pictures/index.html



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