Custom Kitchen Islands
Just like a do-it-yourself craft, a custom-built kitchen island requires the know-how and a time investment, but the end result is a unique product. This, of course, also allows for a design that makes room-customizable features, including storage and counter space.
The main goal for homeowners Ryan Wiedemann and Joleen Borgerding was to make their kitchen feel open. The original kitchen was walled off from the rest of the living space, which deterred them from enjoying the pretty outdoor views from the living room. To open up the space they removed two walls as well as pocket doors, which separated the kitchen from the living space.
After: Opening Up the Space
"There was a big space along the wall that was underutilized," Ryan says. Shuffling the cabinets to a different layout allowed for more storage and created additional floor space. Ryan framed out a handy cleaning closet to the left of the refrigerator using pocket doors that formerly were used as an entrance to the old kitchen.
Like any DIY project, it is important to first measure the space in which the kitchen island will be built. Allow room for moving about the kitchen, determine counter height and any storage spaces that you are seeking to include in the design. It is also important to consider how your countertop space will be used. Will you be using it primarily for food preparation? Do you plan on including a dining space with stools? Are you planning for a cooktop range? All of these factors will help you to decide what type of surface will work best for your kitchen island design.
If you are seeking a traditional island that has four sides and will placed at the center of the kitchen space, then it is fairly simple to purchase a set of cabinets that will fit in the designated space. Add drawer and cabinet handles, then attach the counter surface to the top of the cabinets and your project should be complete.
Many contemporary custom kitchen islands use repurposed items, like oversized shipping crates, bookshelves and desks. Consider using some of these materials in your design for a one-of-a-kind kitchen island that truly reflects your personal style.
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