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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five wicker bar chairs round this beautiful marble kitchen island with two brass pendant lights above. This bright, white eat-in kitchen also features lots of cabinet storage and stainless steel appliances.
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.
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.
Behind the bar in this game room is a large space perfect for preparing cocktails and snacks. Big cabinets hold glassware for any occasion; a sink is on hand for cleaning up after a party. The ample counter space allows two or more people to be working behind the bar at a time; a wine refrigerator is a helpful addition to the area.
To give the homeowners much-needed space for entertaining, designers installed a large kitchen island that has enough seating for at least five guests. Not only does this space provide seating, it also gives the homeowners extra counter space for easy meal preparation, since there is direct access to the home's double ovens, microwave, refrigerator and stove from the kitchen island, which also contains a large prep sink for simple kitchen cleanup.
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.