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Granite Kitchen Islands: Seven Tips for Updating Your Kitchen with a Bit of Granite

by Susanne Clemenz

Granite is an alluring natural stone--no two pieces of it are alike. It's also heat resistant, easy care, and creates an updated look to your kitchen. If a complete kitchen remodel isn't in your budget right now, consider adding a granite kitchen island.

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  1. First, decide what functions the island must perform, as the cabinetry beneath that gorgeous granite top might as well be useful. Storage? A baking area? A homework area? A bar?
  2. If you want a sink or appliance usage, get ballpark prices for pipes and electrical outlets.
  3. When designing a custom kitchen island, you may or may not be able to match existing cabinets. Don't be afraid to do something unique for the island. Choose wood and granite tones that contrast nicely with the rest of your cabinets. Or choose a painted base in black, white, or a spark of color to pick up in new towels and accents.
  4. When functions and colors are decided, visit online sites or kitchen supply stores to see what's available. There are ready-made granite kitchen islands in every style and size imaginable.
  5. Purchasing a movable granite-topped kitchen island cart is another option.
  6. Find a cabinet shop and granite suppliers who can configure the granite to any custom base.
  7. After your granite kitchen island is installed, add a charming pendant light over it to light the working surface and call attention to your handsome new focal point.

Your granite-topped island can give your whole room a custom kitchen look!






About the Author

Suzanne Clemenz designed her passive solar home and interacted with the contractors every day of the 6-month project. She started drawing floor plans and making models in the early '70s after purchasing several building lots. Recently she expanded and

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