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Refresh Your Kitchen with an Island

Screen Shot 2018 01 03 at 8.55.22 AMKitchen islands have been a rising trend in the home industry, and for good reason. According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, more than 70 percent of homebuyers want an island in their kitchen, and of those, 50 percent consider an island a must-have. An island can serve a variety of purposes in the “heart of your home.” It not only breaks up the room and is visually appealing, but it also increases the functionality of your kitchen, adding more space for storage, utilities and conversation. When investing in an island for your kitchen, the options are truly endless. It is important to take the time to consider what design features you need or are looking for.

Do you need more counter space? A kitchen island can significantly increase your amount of counter space. In fact, this is one of the biggest reasons people add an island to their kitchen. An island allows more room to prepare meals. It is also ideal for holiday feasts, as multiple people can be cooking at once. When picking out the countertop for your island, consider choosing a different color or material than the rest of the room. For example, if your original countertops are black, pick a white quartz or marble for your island. This contrast will complement one another, and give your kitchen unique character.

Is your kitchen or dining area lacking seating? An island can make your kitchen a more sociable, entertaining space in your home. It allows whoever is cooking to easily mingle with family members or guests. When designing your island, add a counter overhang so that you can easily push chairs or barstools under it. This way, the chairs will not be taking up any extra space when they are not in use. While the seating options you choose for your island should complement the overall look and style of your kitchen, do not be afraid to go with modern pieces. For example, modern, industrial barstools can really stand out in the space. Whatever seating you choose, make sure that it is comfortable.

 Are you looking to add workflow? Many homeowners choose to incorporate appliances into their island. You can add a microwave, stovetop or sink to your island. When choosing what appliance to install, consider your budget and the rest of your kitchen. You want to make sure that your addition is practical, and enhances the overall efficiency of your space. For example, a secondary stove may be ideal for a big family.  You also want to consider the details of proper installation. Plumbing and ventilation can often be an expensive, complicated process that you may want a professional to handle. However, when these appliances are installed, they are typically well worth it!

Are you searching for a storage solution? An island is an ideal way to increase storage space and decrease clutter in your kitchen. When designing your island, think about what kind of items you are wishing to store. Do you need shelves to showcase your favorite cookbooks or china? What about cabinets for spices or drawers for utensils?  Or, maybe you need shelves, cabinets and drawers. No problem! You can fully customize your island to fit your every storage need. It is the perfect place to store pots and pans within easy reach, and also stow away appliances that are not frequently used, such as the blender or toaster. With your new island, there can be a place for everything and everything can be in its place!

At Fischer Lumber Co., our team of talented kitchen designers can help you design and create the island of your dreams.  Stop by our showroom or call us today at 618-259-7434!