unique dining room chandeliers unique & functional kitchen island ideas by nick dalleva

by:EME LIGHTING     2019-11-24







If you want to make a complete kitchen remodel for yourself or for the maximum resale value, don't ignore the kitchen island.Used to be just a place to pull stools so the kids can eat before running to the bus, and the island and its function in the kitchen has changed a lot over the past 10 years.In addition to seating 4 (or more), today's Island is also used to accommodate "luxury" appliances that do not fit the cabinet structure, such as a second microwave, a second oven, a wine refrigerator, there is even a stove.Most of the time, the island is fully wired, and the second sink has pipes.The bottom of the island can be used as a wine rack.The possibilities are almost endless.We are often asked if the countertop on the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop style or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop.In most families I would say it does match but it doesn't need it at all and the material doesn't need the same.In fact, it would be better if you didn't intend to match them exactly, if it looks like you didn't even try to match them, so it's perfectly acceptable to use a completely different color and surface.For example, when the rest of the kitchen table is made of granite or other materials, we have seen the concrete island.We have seen a black island that is used as a beautiful "dividing wall" to keep the kids away from the white kitchen.What can we expect to pay for the island during the renovation?This answer is too difficult to answer because there are too many choices.An inventory Island "ready to install" that you can buy in a home store that connects drainage and electricity for about $800.Custom concrete countertop island with sink, stove top and wine refrigerator is easily over $10,000.If you are not just looking for resale value, we assume that many of you will actually want to use your island and think about the main use of the island before building it.For the wife who likes to make pies and cakes, is this the place where the kids eat breakfast or the baking center?Design should really follow this function when it comes to an island.For example, if you are tired of not being able to put the hot pot directly on your countertop, then install granite on your island, place a red hot pot there and placeProperly plan the height of the cabinet.Since most islands have at least two stools or chairs pulled to the surface of the water, you may want to think about seats or stools first.There are two kinds of bar stools, one is much higher than the other.Unless the island is mainly used for family eating, there is really no hard rule on the height of the body.It doesn't need to match the height of the kitchen cabinet, but it often matches.If it doesn't match, it should be higher in most cases.Islands can also "float ".Smaller islands that are mainly used for cooking or baking can install wheels and move around the kitchen as needed to help with cooking.Whether you consider floating islands may depend on what you have installed on the floor now, or what you plan to install (soft wood will be scratched ).For those who reshape and look for a "open" feel, perhaps the wall or half wall between the kitchen and the dining room is torn down, the island of a strategic location acts mentally as a subtle room partition that separates the kitchen from the dining room but feels more open.
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