Published at Thursday, 25 July 2019. Kitchen Island. By Didier Paul.
Next, think about what you will use the island for. The island is accessible from all sides and depending on size can have many applications. For example, kids can use it as a table to do homework on while dinner is being cooked. Or, the stove top can be on the island and helpers can use it to chop and stir. If there are multiple cooks, a free standing structure like the island is convenient and will give you more space to move around and cook without getting into each others' way. Perhaps you will use it to set up buffets that people can access while you continue to cook using the other counter space. A properly set up island can also function as an informal dining or breakfast area that is more akin to an actual table and more social than an alienating, single line countertop seating arrangement.
Get Build-in Features and Functions that Suit Your Cooking Style. The functionality of your island can also be custom made to suit your cooking style. Islands can include a granite top that can be used to cut vegetables, knead dough or butcher meat. Islands can also have two levels of counter tops, one to serve food and one to cook them. Some custom kitchen islands can have stoves, grills and sinks incorporated in them. The sinks can be fitted with metallic taps and the island top can also include a shelf to keep knives and other cooking instruments for temporary use. Shelves are another aspect of kitchen islands that can be customized. You can have top level drawers and lower level shelves to stores knives, spoons, dishes, cutlery, cans of food and spices etc. The shelves of an island are usually below the counter top and they can be customized to move in certain directions and move at certain angles to store certain objects. Choose a Lighting that Suits You. Lighting is definitely another important thing that can be customized to make the island look more complete and also focus the lighting at key areas of your island. Lighting can be directional to concentrate on the dining area or the cooking area. The fixtures also can be designed and customized to bring about a certain look to the kitchen and dimmers can be used to vary the intensity of the lighting.
Once you determine that an island will enhance your kitchen design, you have several additional options to consider. You can create another work space by adding a second sink and dishwasher into your island. This will allow a second cook to work in the kitchen or allow you to prepare two separate dishes without contaminating one with the other. The added counter space provided by your kitchen island will allow you easier food preparation by minimizing clutter and stacks of bowls and utensils Adding an eating area to your kitchen island is a popular option, if you have the space. A raised counter, creating a two tiered island adds useful space to the kitchen while separating the eating surface from the food preparation surface of the island. This type of arrangement is great for families as the children can do homework on the raised surface, while other family members can be preparing a meal. The family can spend time together, yet keep their things separate from each other. The eating area added to an island can add useful space to the kitchen or help to define the kitchen space from other areas of the house.
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