The kitchen is the heart of the home, a place where families can gather to cook, eat, and enjoy each other’s company. To make kitchens more usable, many people choose to add an island to their kitchen design, but there are important considerations to make before starting remodeling. Here are three tasks to do before you add an island and why.
What to Consider Before Adding an Island
1. Available Space
While an island does add useable counter space, it could cramp the kitchen if there isn’t sufficient room. On average, islands are about 3 feet by 6 ½ feet, although they can be made as small as 40 inches by 40 inches. Regardless, the island should be small enough to allow at least 3 feet of clearance around all sides to make it easier for people to navigate and work in the kitchen.
2. Ideal Use
Kitchen islands can be fitted with everything from sinks and second dishwashers to ledges that allow for a row of barstools. Consider how you see the space being used before you talk to your contractor about adding one. If you plan on making it a social hub with plenty of space to seat guests, plan for about 24 inches of width per person.
3. Plumbing & Electrical Needs
While many kitchen islands have nothing more than a counter and a bank or drawers, others have built-in electrical outlets to power appliances and stovetops to prepare food. This can be expensive if you don’t already have the utilities in place, so factor these costs into your kitchen design plan.
When you are ready to start thinking about kitchen design and professional remodeling, turn to the team at Mallo Home Improvements. Serving Greater Rochester, NY, these experienced home contractors can help with everything from bath and kitchen remodeling to roofing and finishing your basement. To discuss your home remodeling project, send them a message online or call their office at (585) 654-9530.