The addition of custom kitchen islands provides the perfect solution to space-challenged cooking areas. You can pay a custom cabinetmaker to design and craft one of these to perfectly suit your needs or you can save a bundle by building one yourself. If you are going for the latter option, read on for a few things to keep in mind about building custom kitchen islands.
Number one on the list when considering custom kitchen islands is space. During the planning phase, make sure you include placement of the island that does not interfere with the opening and closing of refrigerator, oven, or dishwasher doors. And space to accommodate two people working in the area is a real bonus when planning custom kitchen islands.
Remember that building a custom kitchen island creates the ideal opportunity to relocate a sink or cooktop. You can even add a second sink or cooktop, if so desired. Bear in mind, however, that ventilation for the cooktop and plumbing for the sink have to be taken into account and appropriate planning must be maintained for those features.
If your home is built on a slab, plumbing may be discounted as too big of a construction problem for a sink, but ventilating through the ceiling and roof can be done in nearly any home. Of course, houses on pier-and-beam bases or those with basements pose no similar problems for plumbing beneath custom kitchen islands.
Custom kitchen islands make a great room divider separating eating and living areas, as well. Adding display shelves to the side facing the living area can give a great deal of decorative appeal as well as provide a practical storage area for attractive items such as baskets, bowls, and pottery.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, more than 50% of homes may not have custom kitchen islands, but some sort of cooking-area island in them. So if this is any indication, it may add considerable value to your home at resale time. So what are you waiting for? Isnt it time you got out the pencil, graph paper, and measuring tape? If custom kitchen islands keep popping into your dreams, it may be time to make one a reality in your home.
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