The kitchen is often the most important place of a home. This area is the main hub for many families and they not only use the kitchen to cook, but to also entertain and just enjoy socializing with each other in the kitchen. One of the main features that I get asked for in a Lauderdale By The Sea Kitchen Remodel is for the open concept kitchen. This concept opens the living area with the kitchen or a family room with a kitchen.
The next favorite request of a homeowner is how can we integrate a kitchen island into their kitchen remodel. The process does not have to be complicated, but it takes understanding the needs, wants, desires, preferences and the layout of the space involved. This takes some planning and decisions on the end of the homeowner and the persons that will be using the kitchen.
A few key areas to consider when designing and planning your kitchen island are:
- Size of the Island
- Seating for the Island
- Lighting for the Island
- Height for the Island
- Appliances for the Island
- Storage for the Island
Understanding how you will use the island is one of the first areas for consideration in the planning process. Some islands have a side for preparation for prepping, cooking, eating, or entertaining. Understanding how you will use your kitchen island is the the first step in the design and planning process. Make a wish list of all the ways that you envision using your new kitchen island and how it will help solve limited space problems in your current kitchen layout.
It is important to understand that there is always a trade, since space is not unlimited. For example, it will take up more space in the island, if you decide to put appliances and a sink into the island. Whereas, if the purpose is for entertaining and eating meals at the kitchen island, you will focus on having adequate seating for the island.