Designing an Incredible Kitchen Island

For many homeowners, their enjoyment of their kitchen comes down to a single feature: the kitchen island. Islands add extra storage, food prep space, and dining space to any kitchen. They’re functional and sophisticated, so it’s easy to see why they’re so popular among homeowners. During your upcoming kitchen remodel, work with our team to create a kitchen island designed for optimum performance and beauty. Here are some of the elements you should consider when designing your kitchen island:


Proportion of your Kane County kitchen island

The minimum kitchen island size is two feet by four feet, but you can go larger. Proper clearance around the kitchen island is important to ensure that multiple people have room to move about the kitchen. The minimum room for clearance around the island is about 36 inches, but in a larger kitchen, 42 inches is better.


The best kitchen islands are multi-purpose so make sure to consider these elements when thinking about the functionality of your kitchen island: 


Kitchen Island Storage

Install a kitchen island that adds storage based on your unique needs. Many kitchen islands feature large lower cabinets for pots and pans, and above them, drawers for storing miscellaneous items.

With an island, you can create any kind of custom storage you’d like. Do you want a space to hide away your small appliances? Add lower cabinets to your island. Want an area to store your cutting boards? We can also install slots custom fitted for your cutting boards. Do you enjoy drinking wine and want somewhere convenient to keep it? Talk to our team about installing a wine storage rack or wine cooler into your island. Prefer to store items on open shelving? We can install an open shelf for decorative storage. The possibilities are endless!

Prep Sink

Prep Sink

Do you often run out of space in your kitchen sink? Sounds like you need a prep sink for washing fruits and vegetables, holding extra dishes, and more. To have a prep sink installed, you’ll need help from a licensed professional who can install a water line and drainage line properly. That’s just one more reason to hire a reputable contractor like Ken Spears Construction for this type of project.

Cook Top

cooktop kitchen

If you love cooking and often prepare complex dishes, you may benefit from an additional cook top in your kitchen. You’ll want to invest in a quality, easy to clean electric cook top.

Counter Space

counter space for your next kitchen remodel

Choose a countertop material that’s easy to maintain and beautiful to look at. Granite has been of the most popular countertop materials for a long time. However, in recent years, granite has been surpassed by quartz. Quartz is a stunning material that never needs to be resealed. It’s resistant to stains, scratches, and cracking unlike many of the other available materials. 

Seating and Dining Space

seating at a new kitchen

Design a kitchen island that has plenty of seating and dining space. If you love entertaining or have always wanted an eat-in kitchen, this feature is perfect for you. Work with our team to install pendant lighting over the island to add a upscale ambiance to your kitchen.

Do You Want to Remodel Your Kitchen?

Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen in DeKalb or Kane County? Contact Ken Spears Construction. For over 35 years, we’ve helped homeowners like you design beautiful, functional kitchens. Contact us today to get the process started! 

Greg Spears

Greg is the President as well as the production coordinator for Ken Spears Construction and loves helping others improve their lives and space with modern, beautiful spaces. Some of his favorite home construction memories include all of the different people he’s gotten to work with throughout the years.

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