Published at Sunday, 31 December 2017. Islands. By Vicq Lefort Lefort.
Kitchen islands are the hottest new kitchen trend. If you are looking to remodel your kitchen, you should consider incorporating one into your design. Preparing meals becomes so much easier because an island provides extra counter and storage space. If you are not interested in remodeling your kitchen but would like to purchase an island anyway, you need to make sure that you have enough space. Ideally, you will have an L-shaped kitchen that is at least 100 square feet. This configuration ensures that you have room for an island and its addition will not make your space too crowded. I do not recommend adding a permanent island to smaller U-shaped or "corridor" kitchens. There simply is not enough space, but a rolling kitchen cart is always an option.
Most housewives often complain of low storage or working space in their kitchen when they are preparing meals. The complaint is not without a reason because in a kitchen you will always have to find some extra space somewhere or other so that you can cut ingredients, mix them up or store them after cooking or baking. Therefore, everyone wishes to have a kitchen cart or extra drawers and shelves which would solve the problem of low storage space in the kitchen.
Include a ventilation hood overhead to eliminate smoke, steam and cooking odors if your kitchen island is going to have a cooktop. The range hood should extend beyond the cooking area by 3 inches or more on the sides for proper ventilation. Using the correct fan size will ensure that removal happens as intended. Have a fan capacity of about 50 cubic feet per minute (cfm) for each square foot of cooktop area.
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