When it comes to selecting and valuing a property, a kitchen makeover with modern improvements is one of the influencing elements for 80 percent of buyers in the market. A kitchen island is the perfect value-added improvement for most kitchen renovations, transforming the way you use and enjoy the busiest room in your house.
A kitchen island is always a good solution, even in a small space, if you need more storage, counter space, or extra seating. When equipped with fixtures and appliances such as a sink and cooktop, or bar stools for dining, an island can become the focal point of the room. The final cost varies depending on whether the island includes plumbing and electrical, but materials for an island should cost between $4,000 and $5,000, with labor costing between $3,500 and $5,000. (Taylor, 2022)
There are many different types of kitchen islands to choose from, depending on the size of your kitchen—from mobile island carts to islands with enough seating to replace your dinner table.
Here are a few inspiring ideas below to start creating your kitchen island:
Include Appliances in Your Kitchen Island. A kitchen island that incorporates appliances like a microwave, wine refrigerator, or dishwasher can be a real space saver, particularly if you don’t have any other counter space. Cooks prefer a cooktop stove on the kitchen island as it provides more workspace. Additionally, central stoves encourage conversation, especially when bar stools are added to the island. Additionally, a cooking station encourages conversation, especially when bar stools are added to the island. You can even put in a sink to make a space where you can socialize while doing the dishes. (Gillies, 2022)
Extra seating. An island can give family and friends a place to sit while meals are being prepared if the lack of kitchen seating already stresses you. In addition, it’s an excellent place for children to complete their homework, observe their parents cooking or communicate with your guests while cooking or doing other chores. Although even small islands typically have room for two seats, large islands can accommodate up to six people or more at once.
Include a pet-feeder station. If you are a pet parent, a dedicated feeder station is a fantastic idea; a built-in food and water station at the base of a kitchen island is a stylish option, and an “all things pet” drawer can be a wise decision. Food, treats, toys, and other supplies are easy to find when they are all in one place.
Make it mobile. Any small kitchen must have a mobile island. A portable island offers additional prep space and is simple to roll away when unused. Kitchen islands with casters can easily be rolled away to be cleaned, then rolled right back. This is also a fantastic addition to a kitchen where additional space is required in some areas. Just shift the island to make up for it. Additionally, lockable casters keep it in position.
Extra Storage space. More storage space is probably the most appealing feature of a kitchen island, especially if your island-less kitchen has very little. If you want a storage kitchen island, you can design one with cabinets or shelving underneath or above it. There are also numerous customizable storage options, such as a built-in wine rack or coffee mug holder and hanging utensil racks.
A kitchen island can increase the value of your home because it adds extra storage and counter space and a unique design element to an otherwise ordinary kitchen. Contact J&M Construction if you want to include an island in your kitchen renovation.
Working with a highly qualified partner helps assure that your home remodeling project goes smoothly. No matter what you have in mind, choosing the right company to handle your project is key to a successful build. Schedule your project with J&M Construction & Remodeling. Our staff works hard to understand your needs and get things right the first time. Call us at (281) 359-3550 to get started.
- Taylor, M. (2022, January 10). These 5 kitchen renovations add the most value to your home. Better Homes & Gardens. Retrieved August 24, 2022, from https://www.bhg.com/kitchen/remodeling/planning/kitchen-upgrades-cost-value/
- Gillies, M. (2022, February 24). 12 inspiring kitchen island ideas. Family Handyman. Retrieved August 24, 2022, from https://www.familyhandyman.com/list/12-inspiring-kitchen-island-ideas/