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Planning for your Kitchen Island – Questions to Ask

Planning for your Kitchen Island – Questions to Ask

Kitchen islands are a great functional feature that can also serve as an informal dining and conversation area.  It can be designed to provide a sitting area for family and guests for entertaining while cooking.

When planning and designing your perfect island, here are some items to think about and questions to ask:

  • How will the island fit your families needs?
  • How will the island fit with your entertaining needs?
  • How much eating space will you add to the island?
  • Do you need additional storage space?
  • Do you need a food prep station?
  • What type of cooktop will be installed?  What type of hood is needed? Where is the best placement for the hood?
  • Is a sink needed on your island?
  • How much countertop space is needed?
  • How many electrical outlets are needed?
  • How many shelves are needed and what will they be used for?
  • What is the knee space height?
  • What is the seating capacity and what type of seating will be used?
  • Do you have young children or planning a family in the future?  You many want to consider radius corners on your island.
  • What type of material will be used for your island countertop?
  • How much lighting do you need over your island and what type?
  • Where is the placement for the kitchen island to give the best access to cabinets, appliances, sink, and table?  Think about your kitchen working space like a triangle.
  • What is the optimal height for your island?
  • Will your base be an enclosed cabinet base? Do you need drawers?
  • Will your base be a more open design with large shelves for large pots and pans?

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Kitchen Cabinets-So Many Choices! What is the Difference??

Kitchen Cabinets – So Many Choices! What is the Difference??

The right kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen a room you love, and the wrong kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen the most hated room in your home.  They can be a conversation piece for showcasing your unique style, or they can be a huge mess that stick out like a sore thumb.  If you love to cook and the kitchen is the heart of your home, the functionality of your cabinets helps maintain your organization when creating meals for friends and family.

If you are looking to replace your cabinets or add new cabinets, there are tons of different options to choose from.  How do you narrow down the selection or even know where to start?

Here is some information with links to get you started:

Types of Cabinets –

There are three main types of cabinets:

  1. In-Stock Cabinets – these are cabinets that you can find in any home improvement store.  They are pre-made from standard sizes, colors, and styles.  As long as the size fits your measurements, make your selection from the available cabinets and you can have the cabinets in hours or days depending on stock and delivery options.  Since they are pre-made from stock templates and styles, there are usually very few options regarding design and construction materials.  In-stock cabinets are typically more basic and only available for certain measurements.  This means if you need an odd size, it may not be offered and cabinets will need to be modified (this could change the functionality and look of the cabinet).  In-Stock cabinets are usually the best option for tight budgets and tight timelines.
  2. Semi-Custom Cabinets – these are stock cabinets that do allow some customizing options with regard to style and measurements.  Because of the customizing options, they are usually more expensive that standard in-stock cabinets.  Depending on the customization involved, there are usually longer lead times for delivery and a flexible installation schedule is recommended.
  3. Custom Cabinets – these are usually the most expensive cabinets.  With unlimited style options, material options, and any size you need, the only restriction is your budget.  To get started, a meeting is usually set with a designer, cabinet maker and contractor.  During this meeting, measurements are taken and the design is discussed.  All parties involved decide on style and material choices.  Preliminary drawings are provided and many revisions can be drawn before final approval.  Once the cabinet maker will begin building the cabinets.  These cabinets usually have the longest lead time since they are completely custom and many times require ordering custom materials (which also can have long delivery times).  It is best to have a very loose installation schedule for custom cabinets.

Make sure to check out our projects page for some our custom cabinet designs:

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