What Is a Kitchen Island?
A kitchen island is a part of your kitchen cabinetry that is usually established in the center of the space. Its primary function is to supply a workspace to prepare meals. However, the countertop space can also be used as an overrun area like to serve a buffet-style meal. It may also provide additional base cabinet space; cooktops and/or a kitchen sink. Some even have different levels, like the breakfast bar that provides seating, while the lower level serves as the food preparation area for chopping and dicing
Typically the Kitchen Island size in American Kitchens starts with a 42x48 inches footprint. The maximum size, is in direct relation to the kitchen size, because of the required 36-inch path in between the Island and the surrounding cooking area cabinetry. The 36-inch path enables 2 people to pass each other easily. Therefore the room size for a kitchen should be no less than 15x13 feet. For an open floor plan, however, a kitchen area of 9x13 feet or better is sufficient. The work Surface (Countertop) varies from butcher-block to Stainless Steel, and Quartz or luxurious natural stone like granite and marble.
The History of the Kitchen Island
The Kitchen Island itself is more of a recent development since it is typically found in open floor plans. And it was not until 1934 that the Architect Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the open floor plan in his House Willey (1934) and later in the House Jacobs in (1936).
The open floor plan made a G-style kitchen layout possible. This design requires only three full-height walls and one-half wall. Another cornerstone of this kitchen arrangement is the catty-cornered kitchen sink. Later this layout was tweaked into a double L – style kitchen by adding the Peninsula. Exhaust Fans were now placed into the exterior kitchen wall to help with the kitchen ventilation.
In 1963 open Kitchens received a boost, sparked by Juliа Child the French Chеf that premiered her cooking show. Millions watched her preparing meals on her kitсhеn island on TV. And that changed the public eye and need for this kitchen соuntеr space. The new “upper class” customer desired the open kitchen and therefore living in lofts and studio apartments became stylish. With this newly improved style of cooking, one would not only show his / her cooking skills but also the new priced possession, the open kitchen. Some architects capitalized on this newly developed “status symbol" by designing the freestanding " kitchen Island ". Now, one could keep in touch with guests or the rest of the family since the cook does not face a kitchen wall anymore.
The perfection of the “Extractor Hood” (Today’s Range Hood) in 1980 made the open floor plan available to any living space, and even apartments would now have open kitchens & Kitchen Island. And the bulky range hood could be replaced with new Downdraft Exhaust Vents. Those are installed next to the cooktop. Suspended Pottholders and Copper Pots were a must-have Kitchen Island Accessories of the time.
In the 1990s American Home Owners developed a growing taste for Stainless Steel Appliances and Granite or Marble Countertops. And with that, the kitchen became the most expensive room in a house. The kitchen Island could now include any kitchen Function from cooking to washing dishes.
The 21 Century started with Mega Kitchen, the old the more is better philosophy enlarged the status symbol kitchen. Therefore, kitchen Island became huge and multi-level designs, with various seating options, became the norm. The new kitchen enabled people to make cooking a family affair again.
According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builder, NAHB 70% of American home buyers would like to have a kitchen island and for 50% of home buyers, the kitchen Island is essential to their kitchen.
2005-2012 The United States Housing Bubble affected over half of the 50 states. This mortgage crisis had a major impact on the housing market. With the US economy tanked many people lost their homes., The United States government allocated In 2008 alone over $900 billion to special loans and rescues related to the U.S. housing bubble.
Today the new confidence in the current housing market was just showing an upward trend. When the COV19 Pandemic hit. Even though the new homes of 2020 are from a smaller footprint to reduce Property Cost the open floor plan is still one of the main building styles.
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