We asked the experts, what is the one concept or planning strategy that should be included in every kitchen remodeling project? And they came back with some excellent ideas.  To start our series, we are going to take a look at the coveted island and the many functions it can serve.

Dura Supreme crafts kitchen cabinetry for homeowners across the United States and they have advised us that the number one request seen in both kitchen remodeling projects and new homes is an island.

2 Inspirations for Your Kitchen Remodeling

Freestanding Island Addition

Kitchen Remodeling Musts

If the space is available, adding a freestanding island to the kitchen adds an incredible amount of counter space and convenience! It provides an area for kids and guests to interact with the cooks in the kitchen, and yet provides some separation of activities. Sometimes, an island is an ideal area to add a cooktop or a sink, and other times it simply provides a convenient location for meals or homework.

Many kitchen remodeling professionals are designing islands that look like a piece of free-standing furniture rather than matching it to the cabinetry within the kitchen. An example would be designing a painted island within a kitchen of cherry cabinetry. A different countertop color or material and turned posts on the island complete the look and give it a feel of a “found” or re-purposed furniture piece.

Roll-Out Trash and Recycling Bins for the Kitchen

Kitchen Remodeling Musts

Another important element in a kitchen remodeling design is to have plenty of roll-out trash and recycling bins within the kitchen. An island also provides extra cabinetry for waste and recycling centers.

Do you feel trapped in your kitchen? If so, that’s a good indication you could likely use an update that will make better use of your space. And we are making it easy for you!

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About the Author: Patricia Davis Brown

Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design. Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.