On either side of the gas stove, counter space makes chopping veggies and stashing ingredients much more convenient, while upper cabinets add storage space and provide easy access to mixing bowls and baking dishes.
A long kitchen island provides plenty of counter space for preparing meals in this kitchen. Conveniently behind the prep sink, a stainless steel oven and cooktop make it easy and effortless to transfer prepped food over to be cooked.
Bathroom remodels often don’t bring the highest returns simply because they’re expensive to begin with, but if you’re adding a second bath where you only had one before — or if you’re operating in a hot real estate market — remodeling can be a very smart move. Jan Goldman, owner of renovation and design firm Kitchen Elements, has a tip for creating space: no windows over tubs. “Who needs a window in the bath that you’ll never open?” she says. “It’s a design flaw that many builders indulge in. Typically, if you move the window somewhere else, the floor space will open up.” In this bath, that move created room for more than nine feet of prime counter space.
Just inside the back door of HGTV Dream home 2015, a convenient counter serves as a handy bar. A classic bouquet of magnolia leaves brings life into the space, while extra cabinets provide much-needed storage.
For those who prefer clean counters (and don't have enough cabinet space for spices) try this ingenious solution from blogger Vanessa Alvarado. A towel rack hung on the wall below upper cabinets creates the perfect perch for spice jars. Create your own with the Bygel rail from IKEA.
This family needed plenty of space for food prep, food storage and organization, so designers created an open plan, eat-in kitchen that had all the features the homeowners needed to create a functional space. Cabinets and countertops span the back wall of the room, providing plenty of counter and cabinet space, while two commercial sized, French Door refrigerators add tons of room for food storage. The final touch in this lovely kitchen was the over sized kitchen island with lower cabinets on three sides and a large, marble countertop for additional storage and work space. The island is even wired with electricity to make the feature even more functional.
This elegant, updated kitchen is designed for entertaining. With comfortable seating for six, the kitchen island extends the countertop space, but keeps the dining space separate. This allows for guests to sit down and eat a formal meal or gives the homeowners the option to lay out a spread and have everyone serve themselves.
One thing this cute cottage kitchen lacked was adequate storage space and counter space, so designers created some. They added a small bar to the space. This addition added another several feet of counter space, as well as some much needed storage.
In the center of this small kitchen, designers brought in an undersized, rustic kitchen island that would add a rich, wood tone to the neutral space as well as contribute storage and counter space to the room's design.
Rather than leaving your standing mixer on your countertop, install a hidden shelf under the counter and store your mixer there. Leaving it in one easily accessible place makes baking easier and frees up counter space.
Designers wanted to ensure that the homeowners did not lose counter space when they opened up the space, so they added a large island in the middle of the room. They painted it gray to add contrast and color to the kitchen and added blue barstools to give the family a casual dining option.
Not only does this large kitchen island help give the family more counter space, it also adds plenty of storage. Plenty of drawers and small cabinets make sure that frequently used items, like silverware and corkscrews, are easily accessible. The island also houses a convection oven, convenient for easy, even baking, and a deep prep sink for easy cleanup.