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The island kitchen has shown itself as the most popular design for a number of years now. We tend to integrate the cooking area into the living and dining areas and an island design can be incorporated nicely with this arrangement. When thinking about hiring someone for kitchen renovations, here are some ideas to consider.
Cooking area islands work, since they can be accessed from all sides like the old kitchen table. They’re perfect for a range of kitchen jobs and they become the focal point of a kitchen. They can have the feel and look of round while at the same time separating those who are cooking and cleaning from those who are simply hanging out.
If your island separates the kitchen area and living room, it can become a multi-purpose area that shows two faces. The use of shallow, glass front doors can be utilized for display, while the kitchen side utilizes standard-depth base cabinets for no-nonsense storage.
Island kitchens can be cost effective too. If the back wall is comprised of cabinets only, you will only require one bench top and, depending on the surface product you choose this could save you a great deal of money. There ought to be sufficient space in between the island and other work areas to allow for opening cabinet and appliance doors, and for two people to move without bumping into each another.
Be cautious when doing this however, as your sink and stove top will both have to fit on the island and it is important you have enough area in between them for the preparation of food. The U-shape island cooking area is the most effective, as everything you need to access to surrounds you.
Based upon the number of cabinets and appliances, a kitchen island is the most space and work effective design, followed by a “G-shape” plan, a Galley design cooking area, the L-shape and ending with the least effective– a single line kitchen area.
If the stove top will be located in the island, with a wall oven elsewhere, consider pull-out trays or drawers below the stove to save pots and pans. If the island will be a second work station with a preparation sink for cleaning veggies and so forth, a pull-out wastebasket in the cabinet below is a smart idea.
Lots of other things when prepared well can further assist in the work space of your kitchen, such as complete extension drawers improved with compartments so that everything stored within can be seen in one glimpse and accessed quickly.
For an example, a rubbish bin is among the most often used thing in your kitchen, typically you have hands filled with food scraps, so with this fitted smartly you just simply knee, kick or tap the door and it will open.
Be sure to plan for the mechanical fittings needed for everything in the center of the room. For the sink you’ll need supply and drain lines, and for the stove, a ventilation system – either an overhead or a downdraft design. Both the plumbing and downdraft unit will certainly need breaking through the floor. That’s fine if you have a basement or a crawl space underneath, but could present issues if the space is on a slab. Look before you leap.
For some interesting ideas, call Mike Kultalahti of Goldbay Construction. With 30+ years experience in the trade he can be very helpful when it comes to design and function.