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5 Steps To Designing Your New, Custom-Built Kitchen Island

by Celina Simpson

If you are planning a kitchen remodel or makeover, you must think in terms of practicality and functionality. If you are looking for a kitchen remodeling idea that fits the bill nicely, consider a new kitchen island. If you want a design that suits your needs perfectly, why not have a custom island built to your very own specifications? When creating the plan for a custom-built kitchen island, here is what you need to consider:

1. Consider What You'll Use the Kitchen Island For

Will you mainly be using your new kitchen island for food preparation? If so, you'll want to create something with ample storage space underneath. If you will be using the kitchen island for eating light meals and snacks, you might want to expand your options a bit. Consider a little larger top preparation area and possibly a built-in sink with faucet. However, to do so, you'll need to provide immediate access to plumbing.

2. Determine Your Preference for a Base Style

The base for your kitchen island will typically be available in various sizes and materials. In most cases, choosing the base will be a matter of personal preference. Ask yourself a few key questions: Do you want raised panels on the base, or do you prefer flat panels that are etched flat into the cabinetry? Do you want rear or front doors? Do you want an open bottom base or solid backing? Do you want shelves, or do you prefer a cabinet underneath for storage?

3. Choose the Material for the Base

Do you prefer wood or some type of stone such as marble or granite? Popular wood species for kitchen islands include oak and cherry. Maybe you'd like a laminate material for your kitchen island, since laminate is easier to maintain than wood. Whatever materials you choose, consider your existing kitchen decor and choose materials that will complement the look.

4. Select a Material for the Table Top

If you plan to use the island for food preparation, you might consider a butcher block top. This is a very sturdy and durable hardwood top that is suitable for chopping foods. Granite or marble looks classy, and both are also very durable. Laminate tops can be more affordable, however, and you can choose from a wide array of colors.

5. Determine the Type of Storage Will You Need

A kitchen island can provide storage for canned goods, pots and pans, and more. Maybe you'd like to build a wine rack into the design. Perhaps pull-out shelving will suit you fine. Maybe you'd like a built-in drawer for holding your recyclables. How about designing an island that includes a built-in, tilt-out trash bin? A built-in end or corner bookcase will hold your recipe books and cookbooks. As you can tell, the storage options are limited only by your own imagination.  

To learn more about your options, contact a company like Pilot Construction.