Kitchens with Islands: Designing Your Perfect Cooking Space

Charter Homes’ Take on Kitchen Island Design

Close your eyes for a moment, and picture yourself standing in your dream kitchen. What does it look like? What do you see around you? Chances are, your dream kitchen includes a spacious, convenient kitchen island. While a kitchen island may have been considered a luxury a few years ago, these days it’s a must-have! Today, we’re taking you on a visual tour of Charter Homes & Neighborhoods‘ signature take on kitchen island design – come on in!

With an island in your kitchen, you get more than just expanded counter space – you get a perfect “productivity triangle”. No, seriously! When you’re cooking, a kitchen island allows you to go from refrigerator to oven to counter space just by turning around – meaning that your key cooking spaces are all located within arm’s reach instead of a walk away.

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Veranda's award-winning Parade Home included a beautiful kitchen island. Tips from Veranda? Consider the small details when you design your kitchen island. What about shelving? Or a double tier?

When considering the benefits of a kitchen island, don’t forget the potential for extra seating – a huge plus! A double tier kitchen island provides the perfect place for a quick snack. We loved creating a bonus seating area in our Walden Parade Home – check it out!

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Check out the extra seating that the kitchen island in our Walden Parade Home provides!

The other benefit of kitchens with islands? They allow – even encourage! – you to turn around, meaning you can enjoy the rest of your home and converse with your family as you prepare your next meal. Of course, the full benefit of a kitchen island can only be realized when paired with an open floor plan. When the kitchen, dining area, and great room are all open to one another, your home has what Charter Homes calls LifeSpace – a home design allowing your family to be together even while in different rooms. Our Deer Run Commons Parade of Homes entry is a great example of just how open great design can make your kitchen – and your home!

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A beautiful kitchen island in a floorplan with LifeSpace allows you to turn around and enjoy your family while preparing meals!

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When the rest of your room is open to the kitchen area, think how much more advantage you'll take of your space!

Here’s one last picture from our MillCreek neighborhood. Oh, and here’s a bonus tip – every new Charter Home comes with a kitchen island or peninsula included!

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Another beautiful kitchen island in our MillCreek neighborhood.