Install a Kitchen Island and Increase Home Resale Value

Install a Kitchen Island and Increase Home Resale Value
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    Remodeling your kitchen can be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor, however there are some shortcuts to increase home value and minimize labor.


Kitchen islands are becoming the norm for spec homes and renovated kitchens, so you don’t want to be left behind when it comes time to put your own house on the market. If you have a medium- to large-sized kitchen or open floor plan, consider installing a pre-fab or fitted kitchen island to rejuvenate the space and appeal to future homebuyers.

Give It A Purpose

Before you begin planning out the size and orientation of your kitchen island, consider its use. Does your kitchen lack adequate counter space? Are you looking for a seating alternative to your formal dining room? Perhaps you’re looking for added storage space? In any case, decide how the island will best benefit your kitchen and plan accordingly.

Chalk It Out

Using chalk line or masking tape, mark out the dimensions of your ideal island right on the kitchen floor. You’re going to want at least 3 to 4 feet of space between the edge of the island counter and the edge of your kitchen counters (be sure the measurements for your intended bar are taken off the countertop and not the base). If you plan on using your island as a breakfast bar or as extra seating, remember that bar stools will take up more space. Place a stool 8 to 10 inches away from the chalk line and have a friend or family member sit while you maneuver around to determine if this leaves enough space for cooking and entertaining.

Beware of Appliance Doors

If your island is opposite a refrigerator, oven, or dishwasher, be extra sure there’s enough room to pass through the aisle when the appliance door is ajar. Sometimes you can get away without passing space if your kitchen can only afford a three foot aisle between the bar and the island, but you should leave plenty of room for appliance doors to open all the way regardless.

Keep Height Consistent

If you’re installing a fitted bar, a general contractor or carpenter can easily design the bar height to match the height of your existing countertops. However, if you’re looking to cut labor costs by purchasing a pre-fab bar online and installing it yourself, be sure the heights match before clicking the “Buy” button. While matching height isn’t the most essential aspect of your island, you’d be surprised how small inconsistencies between counter heights can affect day-to-day tasks. You may be more likely to bang dishes or glasses against the edge of the bar while transferring things from the counter to the island if the island height is significantly taller. 

Choose Your Surface

The three most popular surface materials you’ll find on kitchen islands are granite, tile, and butcher block. Each has their pros and cons: granite and tile are easy to clean but less functional for chefs looking for added prep space, whereas butcher block islands are perfect for preparing meals, but harder to keep clean and oiled. Once again, go back to step one and remember the purpose your kitchen island hopes to serve. Is this island mainly for storage and seating? Or added counter and cooking space?

Butcher Block islands are very popular at the moment, but can be expensive. To cut costs, seek out local restaurant supply stores and see if you can find an affordable butcher block (oftentimes these are old blocks that have been reclaimed from restaurants and are already well-seasoned). You can remove the top of a pre-fab island and replace it with the butcher block as long as the measurements remain consistent and the frame is sound enough to support the added weight.

Adding a kitchen island to your home can be a relatively easy and cost-effective way to increase storage, counter space and seating, as well as improve your home’s resale value if you eventually choose to put it on the market. Take time to plan ahead, and be sure to check out for a great selection of pre-fab islands that ship directly to your home!




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Krayton M Davis

Executive Manager: LetsRenovate Team