If you are considering some new ideas to modernise your kitchen, a feature island is one the many ways of creating extra space in this important room. That is because the space normally occupied by a double sink can be better utilised as a breakfast bar, or for more cupboard storage space. Unless you are handy with tools and building, this is a job best left to the experts. Find your kitchen fitting specialist right here on Mr-Skill, and don’t forget to ask for the special discount too!
There are two main considerations when building a kitchen island. The first factor is just what you plan to use the island for, and this you must decide before appointing your contractor and starting the project. Then, the height of the new island has to be compatible with the existing counter tops, which is normally around the 3-foot mark. Let’s look in more detail:
Some people want to make a centre-cooking island, others prefer a washing up and preparation area, while yet others want to make it a cosy breakfast bar where the family gathers to enjoy good food. It is important to decide ahead and plan correctly. You can confidently get a kitchen-fitting quote from one of our many pre-screened members right here on Mr-Skill.
For the cooking theme, there will of course be electrical considerations – where to position the hob, under counter oven and extractor hood, for example.
If you have decided to use the island space as a food preparation and clean up zone, then you will have plumbing and possibly electrical issues to think about and plan around. You’ll also need to consider new lighting, tiling, and grouting, and don’t forget a possible re-paint too.
Kitchen Island Height
The normal height for kitchen units is 36-inches. You need to make your island compatible with this, in order to be able to work comfortably around the kitchen as you flow from side to side.
It’s a Cool Idea
One of our regular London kitchen fitters says that centre islands are very popular in new kitchen layouts. He jokingly suggests that it gives the chef of the house a command and control centre, from where all good things come. Who’s the boss of the house now, then? If in doubt, invite Mr-Skill along to adjudicate!