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Custom Kitchen Islands Add Major Functionality

by Susanne Clemenz

Whether you consider custom kitchen islands as part of a custom kitchen design, a remodel, or to fit an existing kitchen, kitchen island living creates a hub for your home. Here are some benefits to consider:

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  • They add a separate work area for you or helpers.
  • With a breakfast bar overhang, your kids and guests can dine or visit while you're cooking.
  • They can create a lot of additional storage, including large item storage.
  • You can incorporate a wine rack or refrigerator.
  • Appliances like trash compactors, built-in mixers, espresso machines, and popcorn makers can be kept separate from the main cooking area.
  • If the island has a smooth surface, you can roll out pastries easily.
  • You can supervise homework or kids' projects while you cook.
  • Cook-tops, food-prep areas, bar sinks, cookbook storage, and more can all be incorporated into a custom kitchen island.

Where to Find Ideas for Custom Kitchen Islands

First, start a file of ideas you already have. Then expand on them:

  • Check out library books on kitchen designs.
  • Buy magazines and tear out articles for your idea file.
  • Go on home tours and jot down ideas for custom kitchen islands that they've incorporated.
  • Check kitchen design websites.
  • A kitchen designer's time can be a great investment. This is a specialty requiring college training and an internship. Designers are immersed in custom kitchen design all the time.
  • Of course, notice attractive details of kitchen islands when you visit other homes.

When you've collected ideas for custom kitchen islands, prioritize them into "must haves" and "nice, but not critical." Space and budget may require you to make choices, but the added beauty and functionality can reward you for years.

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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