It’s rare in the days of open concept design to find a kitchen without a versatile kitchen island. And the kitchen island is the anchor of nearly every kitchen makeover from simply making room for the island to a total kitchen remodel. No matter the style, age or design of your Madison WI area home, there’s a unique island that will improve your workspace.
The only element of a kitchen makeover coming close to the importance of an island is the idea of completely new cabinets. Since “more space” is the most often cited reason for wanting a new kitchen, the additional of an island makes perfect sense – unlike cabinets, it adds storage where none existed before. A custom-built island incorporates storage in many configurations while contributing to work space, preparation and cleanup room as well as making a nice transition from kitchen to living space. ‘
Kitchen Island Customized To Your Lifestyle
While adding an island to modernize a kitchen has become a priority, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Making a utility island a part of a kitchen makeover requires forethought and planning to make it an integral part of your lifestyle. During the planning process, consider:
- How do you want to use the space most often?
- Food preparation
- Using small appliances
- General storage space
- Informal dining/seating
- Homework, general gathering spot
- Will you need add-ons for special uses?
- More electric outlets
- A charging center for phones, laptops
- Plumbing fixtures/sinks
- Additional lighting
When it comes to adding an island the decisions go from accessories and style touches to dimensions and materials.
Function Dictates Form
Once you know how the new island will contribute to your lifestyle, you can put pencil to paper and come up with a working plan to take to a licensed contractor. Basic drawings and design ideas take into account:
- Finished Size – The footprint of your kitchen will dictate how big an island addition can be. If you’re working to include an island in an existing space your challenges are greater than with a complete kitchen remodel to rebuild around the centerpiece.
TIP FROM A PRO— The No. 1 restriction to adding an island to an existing room is clearance for appliances. Double check to be sure there’s plenty of room to open the refrigerator doors, ovens, dishwasher and every cabinet before committing to a finished size. A rule of thumb is a minimum of 3 feet of space between the kitchen island and all other installations.
- How Tall – Most kitchen renovation plans call for an island the same height as surrounding counters, but that’s not a hard and fast rule. Do you want something lower so seating is an option? Consider the concept of “aging in place” where access could be restricted in years to come. The choice is yours.
- Don’t Be Square – If you don’t want to be conventional with a square or rectangular design, that too is your call. Geometric shapes are possible as are round and oval.
- Components – Once you determine the space allotted to the addition, review components it will hold like a sink, seating area, wine cooler or other specialty features.
- Power Up – another complaint directed to older kitchen designs is the lack of accessible electric outlets. Take the increasing demand for more power into account.
As the open concept for blending work spaces with living spaces takes hold in the remodeling world, a kitchen island becomes a buffer between cooking and enjoying good company. A multifaceted island deign helps with the transition. An island installation storing small appliances and cookware on one side while matching living area décor on the other makes sense. A kitchen island with two faces serves two purposes – one utility and one style.
Accommodate An Active Lifestyle
When family and friends gather they instinctively find their way to the kitchen at some point. A kitchen island is the center of activity both when entertaining and for daily life. It becomes the depository for after school snacks and homework and the jumping off point for a day’s routine. As plans for a kitchen makeover revolve around a new island, consider these final points:
- Sitting Down To Eat – the traditional kitchen table has become an antique. An island in the kitchen quickly replaces it with a more versatile option for routine meals and snacks (especially for kids). An overhang to the countertops that accommodates stools or chairs – at least 2 – expands the usability of the addition and its value.
- The Buffet Line – for a formal party or a pre- or post-game gathering, the kitchen island becomes the host of whatever form your buffet takes. Designed correctly, it will have outlets for crockpots and food warming tools or appliances – blenders and popcorn poppers are great! An under-counter trash compactor is a bonus, too.
Perfect Fit – A new island quickly becomes the focal point of the kitchen makeover. Usually that means it is designed to fit the existing style and color scheme of the room. But it doesn’t have to. Options for “making a statement” with a kitchen makeover include different colors, different woods and different countertops – serious chefs often prefer stainless steel work surfaces and the island is a perfect place to accommodate that change.
Avail Yourself of Experience, Skill
A kitchen makeover, big or small, requires skill and proper tools. Do you have everything it takes? Most people don’t. Westring Construction LLC has the expertise and experience to review all the options for every kitchen and home project anywhere in Dane County and surrounding areas including Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Cottage Grove and Stoughton.
Call Westring Construction LLC at 608-441-5435 or email us to discuss your kitchen makeover options and design a kitchen island just right for your Madison WI home.