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Kitchen Islands: The Hot New Trend In Kitchen Remodeling

Pittsburgh is a city of eclectic homes, with many different styles of architecture. Regardless of the style or size, most homeowners have one thing in common: increasing storage space as well as kitchen prep space. Approximately half of home improvement projects in the US are currently focused on increasing available storage, and kitchen remodeling projects have incorporated this trend.

In a functional kitchen, storage and organization are not a luxury, but a necessity. Today’s families have their own unique needs for kitchen remodeling ideas, from adding extra space for entertaining at home, to more functional use of kitchen cabinetry for busy families who need meals quick and on the go.

Topping the kitchen remodeling “Wish Lists” of consumers are kitchen islands.

Kitchen islands are fast becoming the focal point of kitchens, often being used as a kitchen table, with cabinetry that doubles as furniture pieces. Doubling as a food prep and meal service, it can also provide additional storage in the way of shelving and drawers, and even double as a wine bar.

As one of the fastest growing kitchen remodeling trends is adding a kitchen island or updating a current kitchen island. A kitchen island is a multi-purpose addition to your kitchen that has many benefits while adding a focal point to your kitchen. A kitchen island provides:

  • Extra space for food prep
  • Extra storage
  • Can be fitted with a cooktop for extra cooking space
  • Serves as a “homework station”

In order to provide the best possible return on investment, experts recommend considering higher-end cabinetry as well as granite countertops to maximize your investment. Because a kitchen island is the focal point of your kitchen, you can either choose a design that blends in with your current decor or opt for a modern design that contrasts your decor and provides an aesthetically pleasing yet functional addition to your kitchen. Let’s take a look at each of the components of a kitchen island and discuss the benefits as well as possible options:

Kitchen Island Countertops

Granite countertops are the preferred choice for many kitchen islands, mainly for their durability but also for their appearance. Granite countertops come in a vast array of styles and colors and, regardless of your taste or current decor, there is a granite countertop that will suit your needs. If you are looking for the best value in terms of return on investment, than there is no better choice than granite. Statistics through the years repeatedly list granite countertops as the preferred choice for buyers when selling a home. Granite countertops are extremely durable as well as sanitary. Considering the amount of time the average family spends in the kitchen, your countertops are sure to take a beating, and granite is a time-tested natural material that holds up well in addition to providing style and class.

Kitchen Island Cabinetry

While experts recommend higher-end cabinetry as the best return on investment for a kitchen island, you’ll want to take into account your budget as well as your personal taste and the overall look that you want to achieve. The cabinetry in your kitchen island should allow for maximum storage space as well as being aesthetically pleasing.

It is important to work with a kitchen remodeler that understands the current trends in kitchen design, as well as providing you with the guidance that you need in the selection and design process of a kitchen island.

Kingswood Designs, located in the South Park area of Pittsburgh, is a single source remodeler specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, striving to make their customers’ dreams a reality. Kingswood Designs offers products and design techniques that are on the cutting-edge of modern kitchen design, and can provide you with a kitchen island that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and a good return on investment.

Your personal design consultant will be with you from the selection process all the way through completion, ensuring that your kitchen remodeling needs are not only met, but exceeded. Kingswood Designs offers premium granite countertops that are guaranteed to suit any taste and complement the overall look of your kitchen island, and a line of cabinetry to meet any needs and budget.

Cabinet Options

The design professionals at Kingswood Designs understand the needs of today’s consumer in terms of kitchen remodeling, and offer cabinet lines that appeal to the budget-conscious consumer as well as those looking for a higher-end cabinet to maximize their return on investment in their kitchen island:

  • Shiloh Cabinetry – Shiloh kitchen cabinets are built with the customer in mind, combining the look of custom quality kitchen cabinets without the custom price tag. Shiloh kitchen cabinets come in a vast array of styles and finishes that are sure to meet the needs of any style and decor.
  • Aspect Cabinetry – Aspect kitchen cabinets are designed to deliver quality and value in one package. As a family-owned company, they strive to meet the needs of today’s consumer, providing quality cabinets in a number of styles and finishes.
  • Bertch Cabinetry – For those looking for higher-end kitchen cabinets to maximize their return on investment, Bertch kitchen cabinets are the best choice. Bertch kitchen cabinets provide finest wood, furniture joints and exceptional finishes to create distinct kitchen for your island that are sure to provide elegance and style.

Designing a kitchen island that integrates into your current kitchen space can be tricky. The design experts at Kingswood Designs have the tools and the expertise to ensure that your kitchen island blends into your current kitchen space, providing function as well as style. Don’t wait any longer to take advantage of the hot new trend of kitchen islands! Contact the expert professionals at Kingswood Designs and see how we can transform your current kitchen space into a whole new look!