According to the National Association of Home Builders, when purchasing a home, over 50% of homebuyers see the inclusion of a kitchen island as a must-have! With this and the upcoming holidays in mind, let’s discuss some features of kitchen islands that would be perfect for entertaining! White Oak Interiors (Crystal Lake Remodeling) can work with you to implement the kitchen of your dreams. We manage the entire project!

Countertop with Additional Sink

This is truly a godsend during the holidays! Islands that offer more space and another sink for prepping meals should be a non-negotiable for any homeowner with a big family. This is also great in busy homes to keep some order and keep everyone out of the hair of the cook so that they can do their magic!

Added Levels

By breaking the islands into different levels, it can encourage multiple uses. Higher edges can be used for decorative accessories or as an eating space; lower levels can be solely used for meal preparations. There should be clear definition as to what each space is for to keep the area orderly and functional!

Built-in Shelving or Nooks

A space for cookbooks, wine, or plates can be a helpful addition in your island. This maintains that everything is easy to reach or is showcased to the homeowner’s specifications. Small children in the home/visiting? Fill your shelves with little knickknacks they’ll enjoy or add some doors to keep your precious breakables concealed!


A mini-fridge in your island can ensure that visitors can help themselves to a cold beverage without heading to the large fridge that you may be using to gather ingredients. There are some wonderful pull-out drawer options that look just like regular cabinetry and can fit into your existing décor!

Seating – Crystal Lake Remodeling

If you are entertaining a big family, seats will be scarce! Depending on the kind of island you have included in your home design, it should add at least three or four extra seats for dining and make it the perfect place to gather around and chat!

These suggestions for kitchen islands are attainable for any homeowner. These options are fun, functional and can add a significant amount of value to your home!

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