When remodeling a kitchen, obviously you need to think ahead. A great-looking, functional kitchen just isn’t complete without an island counter. These days, this handy element has become the icon of most modern kitchens and an appealing focal point for people to gather. No matter what purpose you have in mind, an island counter is an absolute must to consider when your renovation project includes remodeling a kitchen.
Island counters are especially useful for a variety of functions and being at the center of an open room; being accessible from all sides makes them even more valuable. Well-designed island counters also allow families some extra room for children doing their homework and other projects, and for entertaining guests in the kitchen. They can chat and enjoy a glass of wine while you put the finishing touches on a great meal.
Many families who have decided to go ahead with remodeling a kitchen even make specific modifications just to accommodate an island counter during their kitchen renovation.
Great basic functions of the kitchen island counter:
- For easy clean-up & storage. Island counters are especially helpful to hold trash and compost bins near the sink. With built-in drawers, shelves or cupboards, they are also great storage areas for silverware, dish soap and towels.
- For more convenient food preparation. These counters often have prep-sinks and outlets for minor food preparation tools and appliances. You can never have too many outlets or prep surfaces in a kitchen!
- For cooking. There are island counters that are heat resistant and have overhead ventilation for smoke. It’s the perfect spot for many smaller cooking appliances, such as steamers, rice cookers or crockpots.
- For additional informal dining space. These counters are great for quick breakfasts and snacks. Add a few colorful place mats and voila!
Island counters come in a huge variety of materials, colors, shapes, and sizes. It all depends on the size of the kitchen and the main purpose you have in mind for the counter. Granite is always a popular choice, but also consider the freedom in design and color choice that an island with a concrete countertop can add.
Gorgeous Island Counters for Remodeling a Kitchen
This island counter works both as a working countertop and an informal dining area, and even for children doing crafts or homework. Chairs with backrests are more practical than traditional stools and a good choice for families remodeling a kitchen to create extra living space.
When remodeling a kitchen to create the functional and attractive kitchen space you’ve been dreaming of, hire the services of a skilled and reliable professional contractor. With just the right choice of island counter, a lifeless kitchen can be transformed into a warm, stylish and elegant space to use and enjoy.
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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