Kitchen Islands - New Home Trends and Ideas

Reblogger Chris Minion
Real Estate Agent with O'Brien Realty

Stanton Homes in North Carolina has written a terrific post on new home trends and ideas for the kitchen.  Enjoy the photos and information on kitchen islands.

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New Home Trends and Ideas for the Kitchen

Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NC


A kitchen island can be an integral part of your new home kitchen design.  When designed correctly, a kitchen island can work well in an extra large or extra small kitchen.

Islands can be accessed from all sides, which makes them ideal for both workspaces and storage.

A kitchen island can feature display shelves, drawers, and cabinetry. 









Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NC


Kitchen islands can be a beautiful feature in luxury homes or affordable custom homes

The style, size, and design depend on both taste and budget. 

Looking to keep your kitchen costs down?  Consider an island with one bank of full cabinets, with a great seating area.

Add some pendant lighting to emphasize this focal point of the kitchen.








Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NCIn some kitchens, the island can provide the majority of the counter space.

Guests and family can be seated around the kitchen island while meals are prepared.

Homework routines can even revolve around the kitchen island - it's easy to answer those math questions while chopping vegetables!




Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NCThinking of moving the kitchen sink to your kitchen island? 

Here's some thoughts to consider:

- Is there enough room for the dishwasher next to the sink (both depth and width)?

- Can the dishwasher open comfortably, with room to walk around?

- Is there room to include a pull out garbage bin/recycle center?

- Can the silverware be stored near the dishwasher?

- Is it possible to use dual height counters to better hide those dirty dishes?




Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NC

Want to use the kitchen island mainly for food prep?

Keep these thoughts in mind:

- Are there outlets for small appliances?

- Is the refrigerator and cooktop conveniently close?

- Do you want a prep sink?

- Should you consider a butcher block counter?


Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NCLooking to cook at the kitchen island?

You'll want to talk to your builder about:

- Countertop materials: should it be heat resistant for ease of cooking with hot pans?

- Is there at least 18 inches of counterspace on either side of the range or cooktop?

- Can an overdraft hood be added, or is a downdraft cooktop required?  What is the additional cost versus a typical range or cooktop?

- Should a raised eating area be included?

Kitchen Islands - New Home Ideas - Kitchen Trends - New Home Raleigh NCWill you dine frequently at the kitchen island?

Discuss your options for informal dining at the kitchen island.

- How many can you seat comfortably at the island?

- Should stools be tucked away when not in use?

- How much will seating limit your storage options?

- What height should the island be?  Do you want two heights?


Your new kitchen island design should reflect your taste, be fully functional, and be ready for multiple uses and plenty of storage.

Talk to your builder about your ideas for your kitchen island design.  Bring pictures of what you have in mind.  Your builder will help you decide what's right for you, based on budget, size of kitchen, traffic flow, and much more!

More new home design ideas:

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"Green" Countertop Options | Green Kitchen Countertops in Your New Home

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David Obbee - Agoura Hills, CA

Great post with wonderful pictures!  I think kitchen islands are phenomenal for casual entertaining- they're the perfect place to set out appetizers without having to give up cooking counter space or clearing the table to eat dinner.

Feb 04, 2010 07:42 AM #1
Stanton Homes
Stanton Homes - New Home Builder - Raleigh, NC
Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina

Glad you enjoyed, thanks for the repost!  Kitchen islands are definitely one of our top requested features, and there's such a variety available.

Feb 04, 2010 09:53 PM #2
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I have an island, and can't imagine never having one, I love mine!

Feb 05, 2010 05:07 PM #3
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hi David,

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment.  Kitchen islands in our area are definitely on the top of the list for buyers. 



Feb 08, 2010 01:54 PM #4
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD


I am really enjoying your informative posts!  Always nicely presented too.  Thank you!  Have a great week!



Feb 08, 2010 01:56 PM #5
Chris Minion
O'Brien Realty - Lexington Park, MD

Hi Cindy,

Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate it!  Kitchen islands are nice to have!



Feb 08, 2010 01:57 PM #6
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