Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling - Ideas and Estimates
Kitchen Geography: Island or Peninsula?by Allison E. Beatty
An island is a popular addition to many kitchens, and one that can be easily added during a cabinet refacing project. But it's not the only option for gaining storage and seating space; some kitchen layouts are more conducive to peninsulas. Here's how to decide.
Consider the LayoutYour kitchen design should be the determining factor in whether you add an island or peninsula. If you are refacing your cabinets, chances are you are keeping the same cabinet layout. To figure out which configuration will work, ask yourself:
Functional Aspects of Kitchen DesignWhether you add an island or peninsula, you'll need to leave plenty of room for walking around it and opening cabinet and appliance doors. Kitchen designers typically recommend leaving at least 42 inches around an island for traffic flow. With a peninsula, you'll just need that space on the outside of it.
Consider Granite CountertopsThe new space you add can become a large meal preparation space or a place for entertaining. As such, consider adding the upscale look of a granite countertop. Granite is sold in a variety of colors, ranging from cream to black with multi-colored speckles. Among the advantages of granite are:
New Cabinetry DesignWhether adding a peninsula or island, consider designs and materials that will add a nice contrast to your cabinet refacing choices. If you are refacing with light wood, for example, consider a dark cherry for the island or peninsula. This will make that new area stand out and create an interesting focal point.
About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer who has been writing home improvement columns for 15 years.