As well as being used as an area to prepare and cook food, a kitchen can also be the central meeting hub of an entire house, and more and more people are using their kitchens as their socializing spot in their home. Due to the fact that the kitchen has now become such a busy place, if you are thinking of renovating your kitchen, it is more important than ever before to make sure that you get the layout just right. If you have a large kitchen with a lot of floor space, you may want to consider adding a kitchen island to your renovation plans. In this article, we will take a look at some of your options when installing a kitchen island in to your home.
One of the biggest advantages to installing a kitchen island is the fact that it gives you so much scope. This means that there are many things that you can have incorporated within the island that can help you with food preparation and serving. For example, it is possible to install a second sink in to a kitchen island, as well as other apparatus such as a garbage disposal unit, a trash compactor and even a dishwasher. Keeping all of these items close to each other can really make cleaning up and clearing away so much easier and less time consuming.
You could also add a cooker and stove top to your kitchen island, as this can help you to prepare and cook more food, which is ideal if you have a very large family, or you entertain guests on a regular basis. You can also add an overhead ventilation hood, which will help to reduce the impact of steam, cooking odors and smoke from filling your kitchen.
If you are thinking about adding a stove top or sink to your kitchen island, only do so if you can still leave enough room for adequate countertop space on either side. As a basic rule of thumb, you should have at least 15 inches of countertop space on each side of a sink or stove top in order to make such an installation viable.
Kitchen islands are also great for giving you extra storage, such as extra kitchen cabinets or shelving for those all important cook books. You can add other things as well, such as a flat screen TV so you can watch all of your favorite cooking shows, or a microwave as an example.