If you’ve been thinking of undergoing a kitchen remodeling project in your home, you might imagine a beautiful island in the middle of it. While islands take up additional space, they can also add much-needed functionality to any size kitchen, so a lot of thought should be put into their design. Here are some helpful considerations to keep in mind.
Tips for Designing an Island in Your New Kitchen
Consider What You’ll Be Using It For
Before you can decide on a size, material, and design for your island, it’s important to think about how it will be used by your household. Is it simply meant to be an extra surface on which to prepare meals? Will one side be paired with bar stools for extra eating space? Will the island become your new cooking space, housing your stove top and burners? Or do you plan to have a larger farmhouse sink built into the island for additional convenience? All of these factors play a huge part in how your island will be designed.
Decide on a Size
Once you’ve determined how your island will be used, you can move onto planning a size. Keep in mind that, as a rule of thumb, an island should never be larger than 10% of the total square footage of the entire room. Any larger and it will make navigating the area a challenge.
Not to mention, it will appear noticeably large in the space. For the best results, find a table about the same size as your proposed island and leave it in the middle of your kitchen. You’ll be able to get a good idea of what the new feature will feel like and whether it should be larger or smaller to accommodate your unique needs.
Another benefit of an island is that it provides additional opportunities for storage, which can be hard to come by--particularly in a small kitchen. Bring your storage needs up with your contractor when discussing your kitchen remodeling ideas. They can incorporate it into the design, creating a beautiful kitchen space free of unnecessary countertop clutter.
With these insights in mind, you’re well on your way to designing your dream kitchen and island. When you’re ready, turn to Eagle Construction Co to make those dreams into a reality. Based in central Wisconsin, this trusted general contractor has been handling home additions, kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects, and laying concrete foundations since 1976. To discuss your kitchen remodeling ideas, give them a call today at (715) 424-1147. You can also visit their website to scroll through their online photo gallery and check out their past work.