Designers wanted to give the common spaces in this home as much versatility as they could, so in addition to the formal dining area, designers added a kitchen island with seating for four, allowing this open concept space various opportunities for seating and entertaining.
Island construction is essentially simple; it’s a project most experienced woodworkers could manage fairly easily. Designer Brooke Norsworthy took on the project herself, building an oversized island with seating for four. She explains her process: “Using Ana White’s kitchen cabinet plans, I built these cabinets by hand using PureBond plywood with poplar trim. The island consists of four cabinets: two 24" bases and two 21" bases. I made the frame for the counter using plywood and 2x4s and took it to my local metal shop to be wrapped in stainless steel. I screwed the legs directly into the countertop just before I glued down the metal, creating a very spacious 4' x 8' kitchen island.”
As seen on Love It or List It, Too. homeowners Neena and Jag entertain up to 30 guests at a time so they needed an open space that could accomadate large groups. Designer Jillian Harris created an open concept floor plan by rearranging the kitchen and dining rooms. A large driftwood table in the dining room and an oversized island in the kitchen offer ample seating.
Plentiful storage was a priority for this kitchen renovation, but it needed to be right at hand. The island provides a spot for homework, projects and dining, with storage built into the cabinet base. The shelf houses cookbooks, textbooks and homework, while drawers hold table linens.
In this contemporary kitchen, two chandeliers balance the length of the large island and raise the eye upward. The marbled backsplash complements the tan wall and brown island cabinets. Large islands are the ideal space to add much-needed storage as well as a few luxuries. Designer Jennifer Gilmer of Jennifer Gilmer Kitchens & Bath Ltd., included an under-counter beverage refrigerator, deep and shallow drawers, and even an extra prep sink to create a functional and stylish island.
This contemporary kitchen features warm wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and island seating. A unique place for dog bowls and a bamboo prep area at a lower height allows kids to help out in the kitchen.
Pendant lights illuminate this spacious country island with Calcutta marble counter tops and naturally finished wood cabinets. The stone fire pit on the stove top creates that rustic elegance by putting a modern twist on an old idea.
To give this kitchen a little more space, Karen and Mina, of HGTV's Good Bones, added a long island to create a galley kitchen with lots of usable, functional counter space. On the other side of the counter, barstools line the island, giving the homeowners room to enjoy a casual breakfast or entertain friends.