When we started renovating our house, my wife specifically requested a large kitchen island with seating to accommodate all of our kids and their friends. She wanted a space that they could work on their homework, hangout, or each a snack while she was preparing meals. Honestly, I thought that this was a great ideas as well so I was happy to accommodate her request. I started looking around for kitchen island ideas and realized that there are two main categories of designs -- your typical floating rectangle or a peninsula shape. Now, typically a peninsula style island connects to one row of cabinets and creates an "L" shape.
When we bought our home I was particularly struck by the awesome details that the previous homeowner added throughout; however I was also a bit baffled because they settled on cheap kitchen cabinets for what I consider to be the most important room of the home. Despite the beautiful architectural touches such as arched doorways, gorgeous wood floors, and stunning wood work we had ugly laminate cabinetry and a fairly un-cohesive design in the kitchen. We opted for a complete gut job and started fresh from the ground up. I knew I wanted to add a large kitchen island as well as tons of pantry space and a large decorative range hood.
We just replaced our old formica with these beautiful granite kitchen countertops in preparation to list our home on the market, and now I am sad that we are going to be selling! I can't believe how much they transformed the whole space and made it feel like we were in a completely different home. The kitchen designer at the tile shop where we purchased these even suggested that we overhang about twelve inches on the existing using so that we could add a kitchen island with stools where we didn't have one before. I can't believe how brilliant of a tip that was and I definitely wanted to pass it along to any other folks that are on the look out for a creative way to add a kitchen island with seating to their space.
Unconventional kitchen island designs seems to be a quickly emerging trend for 2019 as we see unconventional styles like this space becoming more and more requested. Most homeowners that are embarking on a remodel or new build list a kitchen island with seating on their "must have" list, and for good reason. These awesome features offer a ton of functionality including storage, space to house additional appliances, area for dining, and tons of workspace for prepping food or doing work. I love the idea of a kitchen island table like we used in this recent home built because it acts as a hybrid between the traditional unit that we have all come to love, and a piece of furniture.
While researching kitchen island cabinets you see the same old design over and over with nothing particularly new or exciting between the photos. This home, however, was so inspiring to me particularly because of their awesome geometric kitchen design. I have never seen a home quite like this one. Between the beautiful wood panelling, modern lines, and cool industrial touches, it is such an unexpected combination of styles, colors, and textures. Even better, with features like this kitchen island with seating for 4, bounty of storage, and huge gas range, it is as functional a space as it is decorative. Our current home does not quite have the same style architecture (ours is far more traditional) so I do not think that I could recreate this design there.
I wanted to share one of our latest home renovation projects because I think that a lot of homeowners would love the style of this kitchen island with storage that we built as the focal point to the space. We know that many people come on here for design inspiration as they embark on their own DIY renovations or even to help them direct interior decorators and contractors that they hire to complete their work -- so sharing unique or particularly functional designs has become a passion of mine. What makes this particular kitchen island with granite top different than all of the other units you have seen is the wide variety of storage options and appliances we were able to fit (and disguise) in here.