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Remodel Kitchen

How to Choose a Kitchen Island – Alternatives For Small Spaces

Kitchen islands are in demand. Over 80 percent of homeowners say they want an island in a home they are buying or when undergoing a kitchen renovation. A kitchen island creates more counter space and more storage. It also helps maintain an open floor plan, allowing people to circulate easily throughout the room.
What do you do if your remodeled kitchen doesn’t have enough room for a kitchen island? Below are some ideas.
Portable Island: A portable island is a cart you can roll and tuck away when not in use. In addition to adding workspace, it also supplies storage for the items you use most frequently while cooking or entertaining.
Peninsula: If you can’t squeeze in an island during your kitchen renovation, consider a peninsula. A peninsula is similar to an island except that it is attached to the countertop at one end. Like an island, it offers counter and storage space while allowing access from different sides. You can also turn your peninsula into a breakfast bar by placing stools on one side.
Kitchen Hutch: If you’re renovating to create additional storage space, a hutch might do the trick. In addition to traditional styles, you can also find hutches to fit into corners, some of them quite small. Many hutches provide open shelf space for display and cabinet space below. You can find them with pull-out desk tops that allow you to keep your computer in the kitchen, and others include a convenient space for a microwave.
Cooking Table: Some tables can double as work areas or eating surfaces. Such a table would have a food preparation area, perhaps made of stainless steel, that opens up when needed. Some models even incorporate ceramic cooktops so you can heat food right at the table. When you’re not cooking, the table top folds up to create a dining surface.…

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Kitchen Remodel

Why Choose a Fitted Kitchen

If you haven’t heard the term fitted kitchen before then you really should find out all you can about this design method if you plan on doing any remodeling or upgrading of the most important area of your home. Kitchens are no longer just for cooking, they have now become a center of conversation and socializing as more and more people choose to explore culinary recipes for their guests. The preparation of the meals has now become an important part of the overall dining experience when friends come over for dinner.
A fitted kitchen works well for this type of entertaining because it can really become a showcase which can be formulated in any way you desire. For example, you can install and island and that can be your work space, your cook top, a butcher block, or a place for your friends to sit and chat while drinking wine and watching you cook. The fitted kitchen idea allows you to create what ever setting and style you want.
Up until the 1950’s most kitchens were an eclectic grouping of functional appliances and storage units. The fridge would be one make and color, the stove another, and the dishwasher (well, lets just say it had two hands instead of an auto setting). This started to change as consumers began to move out to the suburbs and houses were being designed, built, and furnished as a finished unit. The consumer wanted to move into a completed home and using the design concept of fitting the kitchen helped with supplying that need.
When a kitchen is fitted all the items “fit together” this means the cabinets and appliances all match. In fact, the current rage is to install panels on the front of appliances which allows for the matching of the cabinet faces.
This method also makes very efficient use of space as you no longer have a corner that is only used for collecting dust. You can now have a lazy Susan or several other options that utilize that space and allow you much more storage than you ever had before. If you are looking for a kitchen that will be used for entertaining or you want a kitchen that is a reflection of you and your tastes then a kitchen that is fitted is the choice you want to explore.…