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Add an Island for Kitchen Convenience

Updated on September 12, 2015
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia, who shares her own experiences.

Get Inspiration for Your Kitchen from Visiting Model Homes

This example is in the model homes of Solivita, a premier retirement community in Central Florida.
This example is in the model homes of Solivita, a premier retirement community in Central Florida. | Source

I Want an Island

My husband and I keep talking about getting an island put into our kitchen. It's a big trek from the sink to the stove and there's wasted space in the center of the kitchen.

He does a lot of the cooking and would love having additional prep space convenient to the stove. He wouldn't have to compete with the toaster oven, the coffee pot and other space hoggers that narrow down our work areas in that room.

So we've been looking at model homes for ideas and measuring our space. Below are some of the ones we're considering. I hope soon to show the one we selected so there will be a finished project.

(photo of the Solivita model home taken by Virginia Allain)

Isn't This Kitchen Island a Dandy!

An island in the Solivita model homes in Central Florida.
An island in the Solivita model homes in Central Florida. | Source

Roomy Island for Dining

Shown in the Solivita Model Home Park

The trend is clear for upscale retirement homes in Florida. Every few years, Solivita constructs new model homes (11 this year). They incorporate the most-requested features and this year every kitchen included a huge island. This is a must have for entertaining or just for comfortable daily living.

Picture yourself seated here with the newspaper and your morning cup of coffee.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Sophisticated Kitchen Island

Wow, this black counter is dramatic and so specious.
Wow, this black counter is dramatic and so specious. | Source

The black marble top on this kitchen island gives a sophisticated, contemporary look. It's one that's displayed in the Solivita retirement community in Florida. Notice how the black marble ties in with the trendy black glass tile on the wall.

Don't forget to add lighting above the island.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Here's the One I'm Considering

We don't have the space in our existing kitchen for the spacious islands shown in the model home examples above. I need one that coordinates with the cabinets we already have. It needs to have plenty of storage space, which the one below does.

I'll probably have the top replaced with Corian to match my current counters. Butcher block might be useful as an alternate choice.

Light Oak, Rolling Kitchen Counter

Create-a-Cart Natural 2 Door Kitchen Cart with Oak Top & Home Styles
Create-a-Cart Natural 2 Door Kitchen Cart with Oak Top & Home Styles

This has lots of drawers, a spice rack at the end and a paper towel roller. Very convenient.


Other Desirable Kitchen Features - To Give You Ideas (photos by Virginia Allain)

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Get ideas to go with your kitchen island.Double ovens are popular.Spacious pantry.Bar area for storing wine and serving drinks.
Get ideas to go with your kitchen island.
Get ideas to go with your kitchen island. | Source
Double ovens are popular.
Double ovens are popular.
Spacious pantry.
Spacious pantry.
Bar area for storing wine and serving drinks.
Bar area for storing wine and serving drinks.

Marble Top, French Kitchen Style Island

Carrara Marble Kitchen Island- Cannot Be Shipped Via Rush Delivery
Carrara Marble Kitchen Island- Cannot Be Shipped Via Rush Delivery

I really love this one. My house is Italian in style, so a French island probably is a good fit. This has lots of open storage so you can easily find what you want.

I could add one of those pot racks hanging down from the ceiling right above it. Love it!


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Solivita model home
Solivita model home | Source

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Name One Thing You Would Change in Your Kitchen - Or Do You Want a Complete Makeover?

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      4 years ago

      Haejhlulal! I needed this-you're my savior.

    • Margaret Schindel profile image

      Margaret Schindel 

      4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I adore cooking and baking and would love a kitchen with enough room for even a small kitchen island! Unfortunately, unless we win the lottery that's unlikely to happen. But a girl can dream, and I really enjoyed the photos you took at the model homes. My husband and I have visited several designer show houses (not the same as model homes, but another fabulous source of design inspiration) and we've gotten wonderful ideas from every show house we've been to.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      It's a tiny cottage kitchen, but well organized now. I just need a built-in dishwasher in the empty space we created for it when we recently renovated. :)

    • Diana Wenzel profile image

      Renaissance Woman 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      I have two more things to do to my kitchen before my makeover is complete. I need to install new lighting and I want to improve my kitchen island. I'm fortunate in that I have a huge kitchen island. I would like to raise the height of the island so that I can use it with the chairs that I have. The current counter height is too low. If I raise it about six inches, things will be just right.

    • Faye Rutledge profile image

      Faye Rutledge 

      5 years ago from Concord VA

      I love my kitchen island, couldn't live without it. If I could change my kitchen, it would be to make it much larger! :)


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