In case you haven’t noticed, I am a big fan of kitchen islands. It’s not just me though, home buyers often have an island on the top of their “want” list.
When you are opening up a kitchen to other spaces like a living and dining room then you may (or may not) have the room to include an island. It all depends upon the space and the traffic flow that is best.
Fun and Function
When laying out the kitchen space I try to include an island that will sufficiently seat 3-4. With that sizing it is a great option not only for casual seating but also for gathering and serving space. As with anything you include in a kitchen, the more function the better.
Aside from the position of the island you need to make sure there is a clearance for walking. Typically 36 inches or 3 feet is sufficient. Make sure to make note of any appliances that may need to also clear the island (think oven door or dishwasher door, if they are lowered).
Counter Top Mixing
One of my favorite custom touches to use when there is an island is to install two different counter top materials. One for the perimeter and one selection for the island itself. Depending on the material selections this does not need to cost more but it can add dimension and texture if you choose different finishes (think a textured honed granite and smooth quartz as pictured). It is a design opportunity that most people will overlook but adds exactly the high detail touch I look to include in all my projects.
All in the Details
End panels. I could literally write a book on these. Over the years this is one of the elements that has evolved in the design of the kitchen and now plays a major role (even if I am the only one who notices). I am fortunate to have a talented carpenter who is able to create anything I can think up or find on Pinterest…board and batten, shiplap, chevron, you name it. These are not only a stand alone statement but this trim detail can also be carried through to other areas of the house like a range hood or mudroom wall design. Again, this is a choice that elevates a space, distinguishes it from other renovations and creates a cohesive design throughout the home.
Home buyers appreciate the details and the kitchen island is no exception. Using this as another opportunity to showcase your house is another opportunity for someone to want to make this their future home.
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