Published at Saturday, December 23rd 2017. by Dory Deniaud in Kitchen.
A island counter can be a great place to put a microwave, blender or mixer. Some islands can have electrical outlets installed and can allow for the operation of these appliances while they are resting on the counter. A island countertop can also have a stove top installed to allow for more cooking space in the kitchen. These islands may also need to be equipped with an exhaust fan for the stove top. The design of a kitchen island is completely up to the homeowner.
Some of the islands come in a natural wood color. This allows the homeowner to keep the island counter in the natural wood finish or the counter can be stained. Before designing the countertop, the homeowner should decide what look he or she is trying to achieve in the kitchen. A new trendy is to install a island top that is a bright color that doesn't necessarily match the already present color scheme in the kitchen. This makes the kitchen seem more artsy and funky and can make the island really stand out in the room. A homeowner may also decide that he or she wants a traditional kitchen island countertop that matches the rest of the color scheme.
When refacing your kitchen you might want to consider adding new countertops or an island. Treat yourself to those extras you've always wanted, such as, a Lazy Susan, space savers, spice racks and pull outs. With the money you'll be saving by refacing, you may choose to purchase some new appliances. If you need help with visualizing your kitchen, there are hundreds of before and after photos of kitchen refacing right on the web. Kitchen remodeling magazines can give you some great ideas as to what would be the best door choices and colors for your kitchen.
A second kitchen sink can be included on the kitchen island. Use a sink that is deep enough for washing large pots and pans, and consider equipping the kitchen island with a trash compactor, garbage disposal, recycle bin and even a dishwasher. Cleanup will be much easier when these appliances are close by the sink.
He or she will then need to design the kitchen island counter with the same materials and staining as the rest of the cabinetry and countertops in the kitchen. An island top that is on casters may be appealing to a homeowner who doesn't want to commit to the exact positioning of the island. The countertop can be moved to the end of the kitchen if extra seating is needed or to the middle of the kitchen if extra workspace is needed. A homeowner may also find that he or she can wheel the island into a completely different room if it is needed as extra counter space for craft work or computer equipment.
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