Kitchen Island End Caps Options Are you a DIYer looking to sharpen your skills, looking for solutions for home improvement issues, getting advice needing to hire a contractor, and staying up to date on the latest the industry has to offer on news and trends? You are in the right place. Welcome to Discover Your Home with your host, Mark Lotz. Hey everybody, Mark here at Discover Your Home. Thank you for joining me here tonight on this very windy night in the Windy City, and tonight, I’m going to talk to you a little bit about kitchen islands and some of the unique things that we are seeing and ways to adapt your Island to your new kitchen and some of the things… You know islands really were just kind of just big square or rectangle shapes in the middle of your kitchen.You had a countertop and it was really more for functionality more than anything. So nowadays, we’re seeing a lot of things where the island is really kind of a focal point and it can be either functionality, it can be a workstation, it can be an area that you entertain or just have the family sit around and enjoy their meals. So, we’re seeing a lot that’s out there nowadays. We’re seeing a lot where they are moving the cooktops from say a countertop section of the kitchen over into the island. So tonight, I’m just give you a couple of suggestions on things that you might want to do for your kitchen and hopefully dress up your kitchen and really make it more fit into your needs. So, let’s talk a little bit about more the endcap of the kitchen islands. And we’re going to talk about the endcap that’s facing the stove.A lot of times if it an island is running kind of parallel with counters and then kind of intersects with the stove. What we’re seeing, one nice little feature is where in the kitchen, we’ll have a kind of display rack for larger platters when you’re serving large groups, or maybe your family. It goes along so there again, it’s an easy access from say the stove to the end cap of your kitchen. Spice racks another one. That really gets back to a little bit more function, being able to use the space there. Kind of turn around, grab what you need because I’ll tell you what, spice racks have always kind of been a challenge when we worked in kitchens because some good places to put them but it just never seems like there’s always a place to kind of tuck them away. This was kind of little a little bit more in plain sight so go ahead and
think about that for your next kitchen when you go ahead and remodel and do something to the island.How much more you’ll have access to it, your salt, your peppers and your cayennes and paprikas and all that good stuff. So consider that. Let’s talk a little bit about storage, just areas for cookbooks. Quick things, just a set of doors there for maybe some tools for utility purposes that will be kind of ready and able to say going to your stove. Maybe a small area for your pots and pans so it just depends on how you do the layout of it. The one final thing I think we could talk about is and we’re seeing a little bit of it incorporating their pets. And what I mean by that is trying to incorporate kind of a water and feed station, food station for the dogs.I find a lot of times, depending upon size of kitchen, if you got a real large kitchen, it usually isn’t too challenging, but we’re seeing a lot now where we’re incorporating the dog’s water bowl and food bowl in that island area. So, you know a lot of times you don’t want to kick the dog bowl or you don’t want to have water flying all over, dog food all over the place, so it kind of is set within the cabinet structure and kind of hidden away a little bit which is kind of nice and a little bit more convenient for maybe you and your pets.Now let’s talk about the opposite side of that island. Let’s talk a little bit about the entertainment side of it where you’re going to be probably facing out towards say a family room or into the dinette area of your kitchen. Very traditional. A lot of our customers are putting in like a wine rack or some sort of beverage containing area, so also possibly like a mini-fridge incorporating possibly even a small sink in that area. We find that that that’s kind of been around for some time. You’re seeing a little bit more areas where you could also possibly even put a microwave drawer in that area. We’ve done a couple of those and I personally like them. I don’t use our microwave in our home- it’s an upper one above our stove as much- but I do like the microwave drawers. It’s a level thing for me. You know it’s very comfortable, you’re not having to reach up over a stove. Hey @Elizabeth, how are you doing tonight? Thank you thank you for joining us. I appreciate that. So, you know there again, it can be a functional thing.A lot of times what we’re seeing is that people are really trying to incorporate a
little bit of functionality and a little bit of form. Entertainment, you’ll see we’ll have two levels. We have a working area and then maybe kind of a bar top area. We’re seeing finishes change a little bit on counter tops. You’re starting to see a little bit more wood and what we just saw recently is a kind of a matte finish. It’s a very dull look. I know Cambria’s come up with a matte finish. I think they have about half a dozen or so of their countertop designs that you can incorporate the matte finish. We have yet to install one but I have seen it. I have a tendency to like less shine in my materials. Not so shiny, glossy levels and shine levels can change over time. I find that I think a more subtle look gives it a more relaxed feel in your kitchen. So, these are just a couple of ideas that we throw out to folks and maybe, when the time comes you go to your remodel your kitchen, these are things that you can incorporate in your kitchen.It really gets back to your budget. It gets back to your creative style and it gets back to kind of how you want to run your kitchen. So, hey thank you again for joining me. I hope you guys had a nice Mother’s Day out there and thanks for joining me at Mark at Discover Your Home. Have a great evening. Thanks so much for listening to this episode of Discover your Home with your host, Mark Lotz online at LotzRemodeling.com That’s LotzRemodeling.com and on Twitter and Facebook LotzRemodeling.We’ll catch you next time. .