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Island Dreaming

Islands are among the most requested features among homeowners in Delaware County, PA area who are creating the kitchen of their dreams.  It’s not surprising because islands provide extra countertop and storage space and serve as the kitchen’s central hub for family dinners, entertaining, and enjoying time to oneself.  While the benefits of an island are obvious, designing islands to meet the individual needs of homeowners in Delaware County, PA area requires understanding how the kitchen is to look, feel, and function.

We discuss with homeowners in Delaware County, PA area if they want their island to also serve as a dining table.  We need to not only determine if there is adequate space for seating around the island, but also the number, type, and location of the seats.  As a rule of thumb, we recommend at least 2 feet of space between each seat and at least a one-foot overhang on the countertop if space is at a premium.  If not, most homeowners in Delaware County, PA area are better served with overhangs of 16 to 18 inches.

Functional Considerations

Because islands tend to be the central gathering place in new kitchens for homeowners in Delaware County, PA area, we evaluate the functional needs of the island.  These needs may include: 

  • full-sized or prep sink
  • built-in cutting board
  • beverage fridge or refrigerated drawer
  • cooktop
  • recycling center
  • composting center
  • microwave or steam oven

Each of the components will add to the functionality and enjoyment of your new kitchen.

Storage is another functional consideration.  Many homeowners in Delaware County, PA area favor dual-sided storage for their islands.  Providing storage on the side of the island with seating helps to maximize storage and provide a finished look to a new kitchen.  Another technique to enhance the storage capabilities of islands is to add cabinets, drawers, or shelves to the ends of the island.

Strategically located outlets and charging stations are additional features of a well-designed island.  Depending on the size of the island, many jurisdictions have code requirements for the number of outlets required.  Once we know how the island is expected to perform and the tools that homeowners in Delaware County, PA area will use in their new kitchen, we can identify ideal locations for outlets and charging stations.

Island Materials

Quartz and engineered stone are the two most popular countertop materials specified for islands among homeowners in Delaware County, PA area.  If you plan to use your island for meal preparation, baking, etc., you will benefit from selecting a highly durable countertop material for your island. Quartz is both stain and heat-resistant and is virtually maintenance-free.  Other materials to consider for islands are slate, concrete, stainless steel, and wood, among others.  Regardless of the material you select, ask your showroom designer about the care and maintenance requirements of that material.

Wow Factors

Islands can provide a distinct and personal design statement by incorporating pops of color, contrasting cabinetry, furniture details, use of different textures, and design features. 

How can you create the island of your dreams in your new kitchen?  Give us a call at (484) 452-5071 or make an appointment to visit our showroom at 24 East Eagle Road Havertown, PA 19083, and start converting your dreams into a reality. 

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