Ask anyone who lives in the Florida Keys: Islands are great. Seriously, the kitchen island is for many families an absolute essential. They provide much needed space for meal prep and storage, and are the ideal location for a family on the go to grab a quick bite to eat.
But like any other aspect of kitchen design, there are trends in islands. There are style trends and trends in functionality. As Wellesley kitchen contractors, we’re going to focus on functionality first, since it’s the decisions you make about what type of features are in your new kitchen island that directly impact construction issues.
For example, let’s say you’d like to have a sink in your new kitchen island. We’re very pro-sinks in islands because they allow you to do so much work at the island – want to wash up some fruit, rinse out your coffee cup, or give a not-sleepy toddler just one more drink for the evening, it’s quick and convenient to get it done. If your family does a lot of cooking together, having two sinks in the kitchen makes sharing the work easier. There’s no fighting over space or bumping elbows.
But if you do want a sink in your island, at some point, the plumber needs to be involved. And to save you time, money, and frustration, you want to know about this early in the planning stages so your Wellesley kitchen contractor can schedule the plumber appropriately. The same thing goes for other trade professionals, like electricians – an important consideration if your island is going to have refrigeration, warming drawers, or outlets to plug in devices that need charging.
Wellesley Kitchen Design Trends
Style is important. We’d like to draw attention to a couple of island design trends we’ve seen catching on in the Welleley area. First and foremost, you’ll want to know about the double island. Some homeowners are opting for matching twin islands, while others have one larger island and a smaller, specialty island for specific tasks, such as baking.
The other design trend, and this is especially popular in the higher end homes, are kitchen islands that look like a piece of furniture. You need to work with a Wellesley kitchen contractor who’s capable of that level of finish carpentry work, but if you can find the right pros, it looks phenomenal.