The Benefits of an Island Kitchen

The Benefits of an Island Kitchen

Having an island kitchen can transform your home and living space for the family. A kitchen or kitchen diner area can benefit from the presence of a kitchen island and the multitude of advantages they bring for both convenience and pleasure. When it comes to choosing or designing your island kitchen, there are a number of factors to be considered, but ultimately the end result will be based around what the owner is looking for and how they will maximise its use. 


Depending on the size and layout of your kitchen, your kitchen island can adapt to fit into the space for maximum value. What that value is will depend on the individual. Here are some of the main benefits of having an island kitchen and how they can be a valuable addition to your kitchen.


Surface and Storage Space

The kitchen island unit itself naturally provides extra storage space and more surface space to your kitchen. If bench space is limited or filled with appliances, an island can provide a clear, workable surface from which to cook or work. The extra storage options underneath these worktops in the form of cupboards or drawers also gives that additional storage for kitchen equipment and decluttering the worktops.


Social Element

Depending on your kitchen layout, an island can add a social element to your kitchen. Most island kitchens have a working side and a leisure side, with bar stool style seating or simply a place to gather and socialise. The kitchen is often the focal point of any family home, bringing people together at mealtimes or occasions, and a kitchen island can be central to this enjoyment, both socially and practically. It can also act as a room divider to separate space and provide boundaries between kitchen and dining activities.



There is no doubt that the kitchen island has become a very popular feature when it comes to kitchen designs, and it is another opportunity to add a unique personal touch to your home. The extra structure, space and layout that an island can bring allows further creativity when styling your kitchen. You could choose to match the wider room, or style and decorate it differently as more of a standout feature. Kitchen islands come in all shapes and sizes, with a huge variety of materials or customisable options for what to include in them.


Add Value 

Perhaps the most important benefit an island kitchen can bring is the value it adds to your home, and this is not just in terms of monetary value, although of course, it is certainly a selling point. The extra space and storage could be invaluable to you if you are lacking it in other areas, enjoy a large cooking space, or need the added storage. You might find value in the style, especially if you enjoy decorative design and the challenge of making your home different. And of course, in the busiest room in the house the extra seating and social opportunities are going to be of value too.


Taking all things into consideration, a kitchen island is likely to be a wonderful addition to your home,  providing a stylish space for additional storage, food preparation and socialising with friends and family. The versatile nature of any kitchen design, and island kitchen, is that it is tailored for you specifically and built to accommodate all your needs.


If you are looking for a property on the market with a kitchen island already built in, look no further as we have collated some of our favourites below:


1. Shorne, Kent, 6 Bedrooms

Georgian elegance personified, this property stands proudly in a plot of 1.8 acres affording views over the surrounding countryside. The owners have created the perfect blend of old and new, offering versatile space with large proportioned rooms, ideal for a family, entertaining or working from home. The well-appointed kitchen/family room has carved granite work surfaces, a central island, a fully restored bread/pizza oven and a large walk-in larder. French doors spill out onto the wide south-facing patio terrace and formal gardens. 


2. Southam, Warwickshire, 4 Bedrooms

This exceedingly spacious four-bedroom detached family home in Deppers Bridge is beautifully finished throughout. The property comprises a large open plan kitchen/living/dining room perfect for entertaining guests with floods of natural light, a separate snug room, four double bedrooms, an en-suite, a family bathroom and a vast workspace/office space in the large garden.


3. Heywood, Greater Manchester, 6 Bedrooms

This superb, expansive detached home with six bedrooms, five bathrooms and multiple reception rooms is beautifully presented and well laid out over three floors. Stunning contemporary decor and excellent extensions create fabulous living spaces. The list of improvements to this home is extensive and includes, for example, solid wood doors throughout, wooden flooring across the ground floor and, a truly standout feature, the exceptional kitchen, family and dining room, which, along with the main lounge, opens onto the terrace via bi-fold doors. 


4. St. Mary, Jersey, 2 Bedrooms

Positioned on the western aspect of this Jersey development, is this incredibly bright and spacious duplex apartment measuring circa 2,374 sq. ft. The living space is designed to make use of the natural light that comes through the original windows, and the double-height ceiling enhances this feeling of space. The large, modern kitchen has been sympathetically designed to allow for entertaining while retaining the original charm of the property. The two bedroom-suites on the lower ground floor both have walk-in wardrobes and stunning en-suite bathrooms. There is also a double garage.


5. Miskin, Pontyclun, 4 Bedrooms

This superb family home is located within the ever-popular village of Miskin. The heart of the home is undoubtedly the stylish kitchen extension to the rear of the property, completed by its current owners in 2019, boasting everything needed for modern family living. Moving with the times this property comes with its own fully functioning home office, separate to the main property and complete with ultra-fast broadband.


6. Angmering, West Sussex, 5 Bedrooms

This glorious five-bedroom family home has been created for ease, flow, comfort and style, with views to die for. No expense has been spared from the sensational Sub Zero kitchen to the almost palatial principal suite, all situated at the end of one of the most sought-after roads in Angmering, the home is close to the village and the station, overlooking fields upon fields. 


7. Kelvedon, Colchester, 5 Bedrooms

Farm Hill House is an outstanding Edwardian family home, which sits prominently within its own grounds of around 3.5 acres. The residence has been meticulously renovated to an exceptional standard throughout, with the kitchen/family room being fitted with fully bespoke Henderson Redfearn hand-crafted units, incorporating a large central island with granite work surfaces and a beautifully engineered Aga. The open plan kitchen/family room at the rear of the property provides an airy, spacious feel, opening out onto the large garden.The connectivity between the main living space and the garden offers a superb opportunity for indoor/outdoor living.


8. Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, 4 Bedrooms

Here is a fantastic opportunity to acquire an exemplary Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse, built between 1760 and 1780 by The Admiralty for Senior Naval Officers. The house is presented in excellent order and retains many original features throughout. There is a drawing room and a dining room with a bespoke fitted library, which are connected by original double doors, and each have working fireplaces and original sash windows. The kitchen/breakfast room, large utility room and snug are located on the lower ground floor. 


9. Thorndale Mews, Bristol, 3 Bedrooms

This gorgeous Victorian coach house boasts a stylish and contemporary interior, a courtyard garden and parking, located in Clifton just a short walk from Whiteladies Road, the train station and Clifton Downs. Natural wooden floors and bright white walls with inset lighting flow through the ground floor with its modern interior. The main living space is made up of an inviting sitting area with sash windows, a clever understairs study/workspace, a dining area and a kitchen with built-in appliances and a breakfast bar island. Bi-folding doors lead out from the kitchen area to a beautiful enclosed courtyard garden with electric awning and space to sit and relax.


10. Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, 4 Bedrooms

This superb, 3,100 sq. ft. (approx.) lifestyle investment estate offers a unique opportunity to find respite from urban living yet still be in the city within minutes, the perfect combination. The open-plan kitchen and living area enjoys exceptional natural light and supports everyday practicality and easy entertaining. The living/kitchen space has been neutrally decorated with bright pops of colour and tactile brickwork. Integrated appliances and plenty of work surfaces lend the kitchen a perfect culinary feel with a good amount of storage to add practicality. A wall of almost full-height glazing and bi-fold doors creates a stunning visual connection between inside and out, framing the external landscape to form an ever-changing backdrop. 


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