Think of a typical American TV series house: several newly-furnished bedrooms, at least two bathrooms, some closets, a living room, and of course, a kitchen with a kitchen island. This general-middle-class image of a ‘prestigious kitchen’ has been ingrained in our collective consciousness for many years. The classic kitchen with a massive island installed, high ceilings, and natural light has become a dream of several generations of house and flat owners. The island in such a kitchen serves not only as the working surface but also as the dining table. Next to it are high bar stools, on which it is very convenient to sit, and the tabletop specifically protrudes forward so that you can place your feet most comfortably.
Seeing successful and good-looking characters laughing, spending nightly hours, throwing tantrums, and even making love in their trendy, neat, and (more importantly) convenient kitchen spaces inspired people to opt for a similar design for their own kitchens.
But can we chalk ‘kitchen island fashion’ up to just the impact of media? A+ Construction & Remodeling will help you to find the answer to this question.
Despite our thinking that kitchen islands are a relatively modern trend, the truth is a bit more complicated. In the 19th century, the majority of kitchens in private households (manors and mansions), being relatively more spacious than an average kitchen of that period, had the first islands built in. The decision actually had pretty solid reasoning. First of all, wealthy households used to hire dozens of kitchen staff (including a chef), so the space was supposed to be rearranged in a specific manner. A recently introduced kitchen island allowed to provide enough working space for everyone to ‘operate’ on. Not interfering with each other, cooks managed to save up their time and provide better service for their employers and their guests. Secondly, a kitchen island was relatively cheap to construct in comparison to other methods of space arrangement. No matter how fortunate, property owners were not aching to spend too much money on a space they would probably never visit since it was considered 'improper'.
Today, this type of kitchen arrangement can be found even in kitchens with pretty tight layouts. People still appreciate these models of kitchen sets for their functionality and utility. Being initially developed and implemented for professional purposes, they have won the general audience’s approval. Some would argue that a kitchen island is an essential element of house remodeling! We, at A+ Construction & Remodeling, would quite agree.
The multifunctional tabletop is located in the center of the kitchen and is utilized not only for cooking but also for having a cup of tea or a glass of wine with your guests, be they friends or family. This ‘autonomous’ state and relative isolation from other tops and spaces made people call such a table an ‘island’. The individual module is not connected to the overall kitchen set but is performed in a similar style, manner, and color range.
Often an island serves as a place to put décor elements on it: that can be a vase with flowers, tea sets, or a selection of dishes. According to statistics, more than 70% of modern kitchen models have an included island in their plan. It can be mounted on legs, a monolithic tripod, or be manufactured as a single module. Despite the fact that a kitchen island is a piece of furniture and should, in theory, reduce the useful area, it, on the contrary, allows to zone the space and visually expand the room. The person, seeing an island in the center of the kitchen, subconsciously understands that the space is large. This is one of the undeniable merits of such a decision.
An island may serve in several different ways. Prior to purchasing one, consider which of them would be game changers for you personally.
Among the most obvious options we can find the following:
Purchasing a kitchen island is a significant step. Not to get disappointed in the decision you made, consider the pros of having a kitchen island.
As for the pros, one can find there the following factors:
And yet nothing is perfect under the moon. Such a useful furniture type as a kitchen island can be rather awkward and clumsy for one’s interior. Before investing in a kitchen island, do not hesitate to reconsider your decision, taking into account the pros of it.
We would like to help you with that by providing some info. So, in the list of kitchen island cons one can find the following:
Well, perhaps the last (but not the least) con is the considerable cost of such a design. For sure, the price can vary depending on the design features, filling, and selected materials. However, do not expect it to be low by any means. Just remember that some people have to get a loan in order to purchase a kitchen island.
Another not mentioned advantage of kitchen islands is that they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Prior to making a decision, remember that a kitchen island does not have to be a typical square monolith: it can be L-shaped, U-shaped, etc. The height of the island is usually the same as that of other working surfaces of the kitchen, so cooking there is convenient. As for length and width, it is selected individually, but with some requirements.
As for design, it completely depends on your personal taste and budget. Do you want a simple kitchen island combining practical qualities and a modern design? There is no better idea than a cubic style decorated with bright decorative elements! You are a minimalist? Then a simple birch or oak kitchen island with fewer decorations would suit you the best. In case you are looking for something unique and unusual, it might be wise to consult with a professional designer.
Good cooking is great. But to enjoy a full meal, you need the right conditions. Specifically, a place where even a regular breakfast feels like a dinner party. It is in your power to arrange such a space. Whether you choose to zone the place with a kitchen island or opt for a classier option – we would gladly help you with re-arranging and remodeling your kitchen! A+ Construction & Remodeling is a trustworthy agency experienced in installing kitchen islands of the best construction and quality. Do not even hesitate to apply for our services right away!