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Planning For A Kitchen Island

A kitchen island can be a place to gather, prepare food, wash dishes and even cook. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you can add an island that provides a cooktop and/or a sink as well as storage space and work space. But if you don’t want to remodel your kitchen, you can purchase a portable, wheeled kitchen island that can be moved when convenient. You’ll lose the options for a cook top or sink, but you do get a lot of work space and a place to put some stools and gather for a snack or meal.

If you’re considering adding a kitchen island with a cooktop, don’t forget to account for a place to put ventilation. While some homes have stoves that don’t have range hoods above them, your kitchen will stay cleaner and cooler if you have the proper hood with ventilation above a cooktop. It’s designed to pull odors out of the room but will also help keep everything in your kitchen including, your cabinets and other surfaces, cleaner because much of the grease and liquids when you cook go up instead of out into the room. It’s not absolutely necessary to have this, but if you are going to invest in a built-in island with cooktop, you’re doing yourself a favor to go ahead and add a hood now.

Also, consider that if you’re going to have an island with a sink or you plan to wash dishes, you’ll want one that has two levels of counter tops. You’ll want the workspace counter that’s level with the sink and another level that blocks the view of the sink. This helps hide the dishes and gives people sitting at the counter a place to lean that’s not level with the sink. These islands are bigger and more expensive, so if you’re on a small budget and don’t really need an extra sink, you might look at the smaller model.