1. WHY INSTALL AN ISLAND OR PENINSULA IN THE KITCHEN.
This type of distribution in the kitchen multiplies the surfaces on which to cook and facilitates the movement of people. It helps to get more out of the meters of the house, especially when a partition is removed and the kitchen and the living room or dining room are joined in one room. Increases storage and allows multiple people to cook at the same time without bothering. But, best of all, it is a current alternative, with a lot of decorative strength and that will transform the way you use your kitchen.
2. WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN INSTALLING AN ISLAND
Adding an island implies rethinking the design of the kitchen, since it affects the rest of the space. In a small kitchen, it should measure 100 x 100 cm to make it comfortable. When the kitchen is bigger, it can be planned to be 200 x 100 cm – with a 60 cm storage module, a dental one for the sink and an optional third for the dishwasher. It is important, in any case, to leave about 120 cm around the island so that several people can move comfortably.
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3. A PENINSULA?
The peninsula comes out of the kitchen furniture. It shares advantages with the islands, such as more storage, surfaces and comfort. But, above all, it stands out because they can be installed in smaller spaces, with great results and the same functionality as an island.
4. WHAT IS THE PERFECT ISLAND LIKE?
The first thing is to think about whether it will be used as a breakfast bar, counter or kitchen space. In the first case, if you want it with stools, the height will be 110 cm. For the other two functions, ideally, it should be at the same height as the rest of the worktop. Regarding aesthetics, whether you choose the fronts or those of the rest of the kitchen as if they are different, it is essential that there is a balance of colors and materials.
5. WHAT WORK DO I HAVE TO DO TO INSTALL AN ISLAND?
It will depend on the size of the kitchen. When the kitchen is large, you can plan any layout. Space allows. But if the kitchen is small and you want an island, it will be necessary to throw the partition, unify ceilings and floors. And in either case, if you want to add household appliances or the sink, you must also bring the light and water connections. In fact, the most costly thing will be to run both the water supply and the drain pipes.
6. WHEN THE HOB GOES ON THE ISLAND OR PENINSULA
The first thing to keep in mind is that, if the sink also goes, both should be at least 60 cm apart. The bell is another of the elements that you have to take into account. If you choose a ceiling, either decorative or built-in, you will have to carry the electrical connection and the smoke evacuation pipe. Another option is to place a countertop hood. They are the newest, as well as very discreet: they rise when they are used, and they hide when you are not cooking. And best of all, they have the evacuation tubes hidden in the cabinet. Of course, they are the most expensive.
7. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO INSTALL AN ISLAND
To get an idea of how much an island kitchen costs you will have to think if you want it with the water area or the cooking area, since it increases the investment. On the other hand, if its use is as a countertop or breakfast bar, the investment is relatively affordable. The only thing you have to plan are a few points of light on the ceiling so that it is completely integrated. A 120 cm wide island and a simple worktop with bar has a price of approximately $1000 –depending on the materials and accessories–. This would be the cheapest alternative.
8. CAN I PULL THE PARTITION TO OPEN THE KITCHEN?
It is a fantastic reform to gain space and spaciousness. Of course, first, it will be necessary for a professional to carry out a feasibility study to check if the partition can be thrown away. This study usually has a cost of about $800.
9. AN ISLAND WITH ALL THE COMFORTS
If you want to cook and scrub on the island, the work becomes more expensive . In addition to the expenses derived from modifying electricity and water points, it is a reform that requires a building permit , as well as if the partition needs to be thrown away. This would be the broken down budget:
- Professional study: $700
- Minor building license: $500
- Throw partition and rubble removal: $800
- Electrical installation: $800
- Unify floors: $800
- False ceiling: $600
- Isla: $1.150
10. DON’T FORGET THE LIGHTING
Whether you decide on an island or peninsula only as a breakfast bar and for cooking, as if you install the sink or the plate, you will have to add points of light. The most suitable are two types of lights: one for traveling over the corridor –like recessed spotlights–, and the other for working directly on the counter.