Custom Home Design: Kitchen Islands

Custom Home Design: Kitchen Islands

There are so many customization options when it comes to custom homes, it can make your head spin. (You can’t have “custom” without “customization,” after all.) Whether you’re considering building a custom home for the first time or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for upgrade opportunities, it’s helpful to break down your options into manageable sections. It’s also important to note that a custom home builder like Aspire Fine Homes can be your ally and consultative expert through some of these difficult decisions. 

One of those sections is the kitchen. And a subsection of your kitchen is the island. When it comes to kitchen islands in custom homes, what are your options? Let’s take a look at this popular custom home design choice. 

Types of Kitchen Islands

First, it’s important to note that kitchen islands can vary in shape and type. Which one to choose is up to you and your lifestyle/preferences. As an article in Forbes points out, there are six basic types of kitchen islands for you to consider (though the possibilities are endless with the right custom home builder): 

  • Galley
  • L-shaped
  • U-shaped
  • Circular
  • Rolling
  • Furniture-style

Kitchen Island Customization Options

So you just pick a kitchen island style and go, right? Well, you have the opportunity to customize it first—and there are more customization options than you might think. For starters, you’ll need to decide on the top material (e.g. granite, quartz, etc.). The base/side material is another customization opportunity, as is its functionality. Do you want cabinets? A built-in sink? Two tiers? Affixed or rolling island with locking wheels? These additional features are yet another way to make sure this element of your kitchen design is uniquely yours and meets your needs.

Examples of Kitchen Islands

Your options for customizing your kitchen and kitchen island are endless, but looking at what has worked for others can give you inspiration for your own home. Here are a few examples of kitchen islands you might find in custom homes:

  • Table-style kitchen island with a narrow, two-tier design, a dark wood base and a two-tone granite countertop. 
  • Rolling island with caster wheels to follow you around as you cook.
  • Circular kitchen island with a full-moon or half-moon design and seating nooks.
  • Galley island with lots of storage space and a double undermount sink.
  • U-shaped kitchen island with both outward-facing and inward-facing cabinets.
  • L-shaped exterior kitchen island with built-in grills and cutting boards.

If you’re interested in learning more about the features that can be included in a custom home build, contact us today for a consultation.