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The Top Reasons to Put an Island in Your Kitchen

Updated: Jan 5



Thinking of doing some kitchen remodeling? Maybe you're happy with your countertops and cabinets, but you know something is missing. You want to renovate the kitchen to some extent and enhance the space, but you're just not sure how.


To that, we ask: Have you considered building a kitchen island?


Plenty of other homeowners across the country have certainly thought about it. According to a recent study, an incredible 57% of renovating homeowners either add or upgrade their existing kitchen islands. And for good reason - islands have a lot of utility in a kitchen, provided your home has the space. For a lot of people, a kitchen has become a must-have aspect of the home.


Here are three reasons to consider putting an island in your kitchen:


More Counter and Storage Space


This one's a no-brainer: Adding an island to your kitchen simply gives you more counter space to utilize when cooking or hosting. This works especially well in smaller kitchens with limited counter space, but still have the room capacity to fit in a smaller island.


Along the same lines, a kitchen island provides ample storage space for pots, pans, dishes, and all of the necessary cooking equipment we now require. Think of it as a freestanding cabinet. Don't want that toaster taking up counter space? Need somewhere to house your new air fryer? Let that new kitchen island go to work for you.


You Gain an Additional Eating Area


Thinking of a good central area where people can grab food while hosting? Just want somewhere different you can eat? The island is calling your name. Plus, bar seating adds a great touch to your kitchen vibe.


It Reinvigorates Your Space


If you're remodeling your home, an island provides a pretty drastic change to the look of your kitchen. It can give you a completely different perspective on the utility of your kitchen and home, along with making it feel fresh and brand-new.


What Should You Put in Your Kitchen Island?


Now that you've got that coveted kitchen island, what are some things you should do with it? What are the items/kitchen accessories you should put in it to potentially save that counter space? Let's look at the following kitchen island must-haves:


  • A secondary fridge: Need a little extra room in your main refrigerator? Consider incorporating a smaller secondary fridge into the design of your kitchen island. It could be the perfect place to store, say, all those different drinks taking up space in your larger fridge.

  • A dual garbage-and-recycling cabinet: Trust us, having a pull-out garbage can is just so incredibly convenient.

  • More hidden storage: A kitchen island provides you with all sorts of additional storage opportunities through drawers, cabinets, and more.

  • Cutting boards: Why not add a pull-out cutting board in your new kitchen island?

  • Additional seating: This is perhaps one of the best reasons to add a kitchen island to your space, especially if you don't have as big a kitchen table as you might want.

  • Cookbook and recipe storage: If you're always cooking, a kitchen island serves as the perfect home base for everything you need.

  • Microwave: Incorporating a microwave into your island could be a great way to move it off your countertop space.

  • Decorative bowls, plants, and more: With this newly added space to your kitchen, it's just as important to spruce it up with some décor. Nothing says your island can't be function and stylish, right?


Considering an island for your own kitchen? Give Marks Building Co. a call today


You might be wondering, "Can I even make an island fit in my kitchen? How much space do I need to maneuver around? Where do I start?" That's where we can come in and help.


For nearly 40 years, Marks Building Co. has been a leader in remodeling and renovating kitchens in homes all across Northeast Ohio. From Painesville and Mentor on the east side down south to Hudson, Stow and more cities within Summit County, there isn't a kitchen we can't work with.


We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service, and we love working with our clients to design the kitchen of their dreams, working with them every step of the way, from the initial consultation all the way through construction. If you're interested in learning more about our work in kitchen islands, or any of our other construction services, be sure to talk to our team today. We look forward to working with you!


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