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Remodeling Your Kitchen? 3 Elements To Include In Your New Island

If you're going to remodel your kitchen, there are a few things you should add to the plans. One of those things is a kitchen island. If you haven't added a kitchen island to the remodel plans, now's the time to do that. But, you don't want to add a standard kitchen island. You want to create a fully-functional island. If you're not sure how to do that, read the list provided below. Here are three elements to have your contractor include with your new kitchen island. 

Under-Counter Storage

If you want to add extra storage to your kitchen remodeling project, you'll want to include an island. Your contractor can add under-counter storage space to your kitchen island. That way,  you can keep the things you use most right at your fingertips. This is especially helpful if you plan to include a food prep station with your kitchen remodel. You can store all your small appliances under your kitchen island. 

Power Outlets

Now that you're planning your kitchen remodel, don't forget about power. It's not uncommon to run out of outlets in the kitchen. Unfortunately, a lack of power outlets can cause serious problems in the kitchen. This is especially true with regard to the kitchen island. If you're going to use your new kitchen island for food prep, you need access to power outlets. Make sure your contractor adds several power outlets when installing your new island. Be sure that at least one of the outlets is a GFCI switch. This is especially important if your new island will have running water. 

Kid Space

If you're remodeling your kitchen, you want to make it a family-friendly space. One way to do that is to include an island in the plans. With the right features, you can turn the island into the focal point of the kitchen. The right elements can also make the space more accessible to children. 


If your kids like to spend time in the kitchen with you, be sure to add seating space to your new kitchen island. Seating areas will provide plenty of room for visiting. But, greater seating will also provide space for your kids to do their homework or play games. 

Snack Station

If your kids like to grab snacks while you're preparing meals, you can end up with a traffic jam in the kitchen. That's why you need to add a snack station to your new kitchen island. An in-island snack station will let your kids grab their snacks, without getting in the way of meal prep. You can create a snack station by including a mini-fridge and a microwave in your kitchen island. 

For more help refining your kitchen remodel plans, contact a local contractor.