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How the Right Island Can Transform Your Kitchen

We’ve all seen the home improvement websites and TV shows that feature large, luxurious kitchen islands that any chef would die for. But bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. The most important aspect of a kitchen island is practicality. Even the most beautiful island won’t be functional if it’s awkwardly placed or not the right size for the space. Below are before and after examples of how homes were transformed by well-placed islands.

Make Your Space More Efficient

The before photo of this remodel shows how inefficient this kitchen was. The refrigerator was too far away from the food prep area beside the sink which was too far away from the cooking area. Our designers placed the cooktop and oven in the island (not shown) across from the sink and relocated the fridge, allowing for a more functional workspace.

In addition, many folks like having a cooktop on the kitchen island because it allows for increased working room a more social atmosphere, especially when bar chairs are added to the island.

Define Space

This island transformed this dark and dated kitchen by opening it up to the eating area. The island defines the kitchen space in addition to providing a more central location for the sink. It also gives additional storage space to declutter countertops for additional workspace as well as creating a seating area for homework and family time.

When updating a kitchen, think beyond the existing floorplan and open up the possibilities.

Ok, sometimes bigger is better. But look at how our designers totally transformed this awkward floor plan into a beautiful open kitchen and living space.  And it combines both features mentioned above – the island redefines the space and makes the kitchen more efficient.

Sometimes rethinking a traditional space can transform a home and better fit the homeowners’ lifestyle.

At LBK Design Build, our designers are pros at creating islands (and entire kitchens) that are as functional as they are beautiful, regardless of the size. We have remodeled hundreds of kitchens and can look at your floor plan and your needs with a fresh set of expert eyes. Our designers will collect a stunning assortment of materials based on your style, budget, and lifestyle so you can enjoy your hand-crafted, custom-designed new space. If you can dream it, we can build it, and you will love it!

Nick Kornea, President / Designer at Luxury Bath and Kitchens

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