Do You Need a Kitchen Island?
Did you know that kitchen islands are a relatively new residential design element? Thanks to trending open-concept floor plans that combine the kitchen, living room, and formal dining room into one seamless space, kitchen islands have become the new and improved room divider. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean kitchen islands are the best design concept for every homeowner. Stay tuned as we delve further into the pros and cons of kitchen islands and whether or not you should include one in your home.
There are many advantages to incorporating a kitchen island in your home’s design:
The assortment of pressure cookers, crockpots, casserole dishes, and plastic containers is unreal in most homes. To create space for all of your precious kitchen appliances, consider increasing storage with a kitchen island. Most islands can be customized with additional cabinets and shelves that can increase the amount of available space in your kitchen.
Additional Cooking & Dining Space
Extra food prep and cooking space is never a bad thing to have in your kitchen. And, with a kitchen island, you can dramatically improve the amount of working space you have. What’s more, your kitchen island can double as a casual dining area, bar, or as functional seating at the heart of your kitchen.
Kitchen islands are a great addition to family homes. Not only do they encourage family participation in preparing shared meals, but they’re also a great setup location for highchairs — helping you keep track of the kids while you cook. They also double as the perfect homework station for your teens!
Kitchen islands, like most concepts, aren’t for everyone. Here are some potential cons to consider:
For some homeowners, the kitchen island would be better named The Isle of Stubbed Toes. In all seriousness, if you or your kids are particularly clumsy, kitchen islands may not be the best option for your new home. This is especially true if your kitchen is small or already closed off from your living space. Keep in mind that a kitchen island should have about 42 inches of space on all sides — preferably extending into the living room and dining space. This measurement will help prevent the issue of space constrictions caused by your kitchen island.
Poor Kitchen Workflow
For those that spend the better part of their days behind the kitchen counter, you’ve probably mastered the art of the kitchen shuffle. Adding a kitchen island could either benefit or ruin this workflow. And, there is nothing worse than disturbing the magical force behind good kitchen workflow; boiling water, hot ovens, sharp knives, and bodies do not collide well.
Chesmarian Approved Kitchen Islands
Have you made a decision? At Chesmar Homes, we can help you find a floor plan that caters to your preferences and lifestyle needs. That being said, our open-concept floor plans are the ideal choice for homeowners who favor contemporary designs. These spaces feature expansive living rooms, kitchen islands rigged with storage and sinks, and optional formal dining areas.
Whatever floor plan you choose, you can rest easy knowing that Chesmar Homes has your best interests in mind. We are committed to building dream homes in vibrant communities throughout Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston that are designed to cater to a wide variety of social spheres. And, as a one-stop shop for your home purchasing process, we make it easy for you to find, buy, and personalize your new home in a neighborhood that is perfect for your needs. To learn more about our home models, communities, floor plans, and quick move-in ready homes, contact Chesmar today!