Try an Island Before you Buy.
The other day, a client and I were looking at Homes for Sale in Hoover Alabama. She was very interested in having a kitchen with a LOT of counter space. Because I like to prepare meals with lots of ingredients, I want lots of space in MY Hoover, Alabama kitchen, so I could totally understand where she was coming from.
We saw some kitchens that had islands in them. Some islands were attached to the floor and others were on legs. Some had tops that matched the other counter tops and others had tops made with a contrasting material. Most of the islands competmented the kitchen, but some made the kitchen seem too small...
Ever thought about adding an island to your kitchen? This may seem like a really good idea, but is your kitchen big enough? An island can limit the number of people working in the kitchen, can limit the traffic flow (only one person can get by at a time) and make for really cramped quarters.
It is a good idea to try out an island before purchasing one. You can make a full scale model out of cardboard or plywood and leave it up for a couple of weeks before you decide to buy. Try out all the appliances and make sure the doors open and close and that you don't hurt yourself trying to get hot things out of the oven.
You can have your sink, dishwasher or stove in the island, but make sure you research the plumbing and electrical lines beforehand. Here in Hoover Alabama many homes for sale have basements. If you are over an unfinished basement it's not too hard, but other foundations can make it a lot more costly - nothing is ever impossible, everything has a price.
If you don't have space for an island, you may want to look at buying an Island Trolley that is rolled into place when you need it. They are great for extra cutting space and storage.
If you just have to have more space in the kitchen, you may need a different house. I can help you find a new home with great counter space. Take a look at homes for sale in Hoover Alabama and the Greater Birmingham area on my website at www.ToniBird.com. Call me when you are ready for a personal tour.