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Live the Good Life with a Kitchen Cabinet Island

Live the Good Life with a Kitchen Cabinet Island By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders, 80 percent of those in the market for a new home find a kitchen cabinet island desirable. There are certainly a number of great reasons to include one if you have the space or can make room.

You do not need to be in the market for a new home to wish for a kitchen cabinet island. When renovations are in order, consider renovating the kitchen cabinets in such a way that an island can be added. Providing storage and counter workspace, kitchen cabinet islands can also drastically change how your kitchen looks.

How to Use a Kitchen Cabinet Island

The possible styles and uses for your kitchen cabinet island are limited only by your imagination. Your central kitchen cabinet can simply be a convenient storage and work area, or it can include key appliances such as a sink, dishwasher or stove. Multiple levels to your island can provide naturally separate workspaces for a variety of kitchen tasks. If you have a large space to work with you can also consider more than one kitchen cabinet island.

Planning Your Kitchen Cabinet Renovation

As you think about what kind of kitchen cabinet island you want to add, you will need to consider cost, space, and accessibility. If you load up an island with appliances you will obviously be looking at a higher cost than a kitchen cabinet with a simple work surface. Visiting professional kitchen cabinet displays or creating a cardboard model can also help you get a feel for the space needed. Accessibility concerns include being able to safely open appliance doors, as well as plumbing and electrical availability.

A well-planned kitchen cabinet island is a great way to improve your quality of life and increase the value of your home at the same time.


About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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