Island Design Trends for Kitchen Remodeling

Design Build Planners typically creates three distinct design options for homeowners’ planned remodeling project. They generally show a wide range of potential budget investments. DBP titles the three design build remodeling plans as Modest, Robust, and the WOW package. Deciding what the individual plans will depict is a highly customized and interactive process. Family needs and desires are assessed through Design Build Planners project profile checklists, Houzz ideabooks, and a face to face consultation with all those involved.

Kitchen island design ideas (1)Regarding kitchen remodeling, almost without fail, people want an island. Ideally an island set up to accommodate seating and eating. When asked what size, most answer, “As large as you can make it.” When designing a kitchen island for size and placement, Design Build Planners always considers dining tables in the kitchen, adjoining rooms, and the dining room for both family meals and entertaining.

Surface heights in a kitchenIt is important to understand that there are three common surface heights as far as kitchens and dining. Most typically the heights are: tables 30” high, cabinet countertops 36” and bar top at 42”. Often island countertops are at the same 36” height as the perimeter base cabinets and tops. This makes the surface a “landing zone” to place items when prepping and cooking from the refrigerator, oven, and cooktop. When extending the island top for seating, the two most common choices are to continue the top at the same 36” level or raise the eating portion to 42” bar height. The second option is sometimes referred to as a “waterfall” or “tiered” island. Doing this not only gives the higher bar level for eating and suited for high stools or chairs, it manages to hide the prep and working area clutter of the main portion of island from several vantage points looking into a kitchen.

The varying surface heights also require different minimum depths for seating and knee space. The associated chair height determines the average angle and bend of someone’s knee and the extension of their legs under the counter.

There is a third option. Design Build Planners can drop the eating level of an island to 30” high, which is the common table height. Doing this makes the eating surface more accommodating for those with special needs. Another added benefit is that it makes dining at this level feel more like family meal than a seemingly casual snack at the elevated height. Add to that, DBP can design the lowered top to be wood as opposed to the more common stone selections of granite, marble, and quartz. This furthers the feel of table dining. In addition, a hot dish stays hotter longer when set on wood. When you place a hot dish or plate on a stone surface, the stone draws the heat from the dish, making the food temperature drop faster.

Here are a few computer designs, depicting such an island, for a planned kitchen addition renovation project in Union County, New Jersey.

Kitchen island design with wood countertop - Design Build Planners (1)   Kitchen island design with wood countertop - Design Build Planners (2)   Kitchen island design with wood countertop - Design Build Planners (3)

Did you know that Jason Parsons, Lead Designer of Design Build Planners is a certified kitchen and bath remodeler? This accreditation was achieved through the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. CLICK HERE to read more about Jason’s achievement and accolade.

Here are several photos of kitchen islands for design ideas and inspiration:

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