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Cases For and Against Adding an Island

January 10, 2019

At Falk Construction Inc., kitchen islands are among our specialties. Available in a variety of styles and sizes, islands are often the perfect addition to a kitchen remodel that help use additional space while providing extra storage and several other distinct benefits. 

At the same time, we know the island isn’t for everyone. Not all homeowners want to go with a popular style that’s in vogue at a given time, and there may be several other practical or financial reasons why the island just doesn’t make sense for your kitchen remodel. Let’s look at a few circumstances where the island might be your best bet, plus a few where maybe another choice is the way to go.

 

Case For the Island

There are several situations where a kitchen island might be perfect:

  • Additional counter space: If you or anyone in your home regularly uses the kitchen for large group meals or other big gatherings, the island can be an essential assist here in multiple areas. For one, it provides you with far more counter space than you’d have otherwise, perfect for everything from laying out cooking materials to setting out appetizers. For another, it provides an area where you can keep certain appliances that might be getting in the way. There’s also the aesthetic to think about – islands are known to increase our perception of the size of a room. 

  • Seating: Down similar lines if you’re hosting gatherings, islands allow several options for additional seating. You can use stools, high-back chairs or a variety of other options.

  • Storage: If you repeatedly find that your kitchen is lacking in storage, the island is a great remodeling choice to make. It comes with a ton of cabinet space underneath it, which allows you to not only free up space, but design the kitchen more efficiently. 

Case Against the Island

  • Limited space: According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, you need at least 42 inches of clearance on all sides to fit an island into a given room. If your kitchen doesn’t have this requisite space, or if you feel things would be too cramped despite it barely having enough, you might look in another direction. 

  • Budget: You’re always in control of what you spend on your remodeling project, and you might determine that an island isn’t cost-efficient for your needs. Maybe you don’t use the kitchen enough to justify it, or you only need small remodeling changes to your tile. 

  • Convenience: In some cases, the island might actually detract from the workflow and basic ergonomic convenience of your kitchen. This is a wholly individual factor, based on how you operate in this room and which items you want to go where. 

For more on why you should or shouldn’t get a kitchen island, or to learn about any of our kitchen or bathroom remodel services, speak to the general contractors at Falk Construction Inc. today.  

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