MAY 2019 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 108)
Subject: MAY 2019 - Nic & Wes Builders Pte Ltd Newsletter (Issue 108)
Send date: 2019-05-01
Issue #: 108
MAY 2019 ISSUE 108
IN FOCUS: THE ISLAND By Nicole Kow
The kitchen island has become a rising trend in Singapore over the last couple of years. So with more attention being paid to kitchen design, is having an island counter a must-have? In this issue we look at how an island counter can fit into a kitchen.
The traditional orientation of an island is found within the confinements of a spacious kitchen with the island as a focal feature located in the middle of the room. An island space is very well suited for luxurious kitchens for the simple fact that space is abundant thus centralizing the work space in the centre allows for easy access to the cabinets when prepping for a meal.
Open concept kitchens are a popular trend that work well in households which indulge in light cooking with little to no mess. Having dishes like curries and/or gravy based may be a task to clean and would be more suitable in a closed or wet kitchen. An island however works well in such open concept settings. From a design angle, an island which may or may not include a sink essentially defines the space. Such islands used in open concept kitchens can also create an inviting feel if you love entertaining guests while you cook. Alternatively, it makes a lovely work setting for baking due to the long table space to work with.
While galley style kitchens are meant to do without an island, one may have the option to make provisions for it through a breakfast counter if you have additional kitchen length. Typically located toward the front of a kitchen, this essentially is an additional counter space that can function either as a food prep work space, buffet hutch and/or be used as an integrated or additional informal dining table.
For more conventional living, kitchens these days have indeed shrunk in size in comparison to older homes to suit our busy lifestyles. Less time for complicated cooking prep means less of a need for counter top space. If your lifestyle requires more eating out or ordering in, an island counter may not be all that necessary. Finding the right kitchen layout however would be pinnacle to maximising the kitchen space you have. If however, you love to be in the thick of things prepping meals or baking, an island counter can be a useful addition to a kitchen whether it be built-in or portable.
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