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Designing Your Dream Kitchen Island

October 27, 2021 12:51 pm
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Are you thinking about hiring a custom home builder in Texas Hill Country to remodel your kitchen? If so, you’re probably considering including an island in the new layout.

An island is a great way to increase your work surface area and storage. It also allows you to add new features like a dishwasher, specialized cooktop or under-counter wine cooler. If you want to experiment with color and materials, an island also gives you an opportunity to add a touch of boldness to an otherwise traditional-looking kitchen.

With all those possibilities, it’s important to start by deciding what you want the island to do for you. Do you need more prep space? More storage for pots and pans? A place for you and your family to eat casual meals and snacks? Or perhaps a place to arrange a buffet during parties? The answers to these questions will help your builder design an island that truly meets your needs.

Next you’ll need to think about size. The island should be large enough to accommodate the functions you want without dominating the kitchen. It should take up no more than 10% of the overall floor space in the room. It should also have at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides. Allow room for maneuvering around open oven, dishwasher or refrigerator doors. If you want seating at your island, make sure there’s enough space for people to use the stools without crowding or forcing others to squeeze past them. Try putting a similar-sized table in the space where you want an island to give you an idea of how it would work.

Now the fun part: How do you want your new island to look? It can match the kitchen if you prefer, but this is your chance to add a bold paint color or a higher-grade countertop. You’ll likely need to add lighting above the island, so take into account the style options offered by pendant lights. The appearance of your island is especially important if you have an open plan kitchen and your island faces the main living areas.

Butcher Behrens can give you the kitchen of your dreams. We offer complete design, building and remodeling services in the Texas Hill Country.

Contact Butcher Behrens today at 210-636-5387 or email steven@butcherbehrens.com to start planning your kitchen remodeling project with an experienced custom home builder in Texas Hill Country.

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