A kitchen with an island is a feature that most homeowners look for in a property today. There are different options available, each of which varies in cost due to size, material, features and quality.
The most basic style of a kitchen island is a moveable island or cart. This option is the cheapest and easiest.
According to Cost Owl, you can purchase one for around $200 and up, depending on the features and quality. Choosing a higher-end cart will significantly increase the price.
These carts have at least one side on wheels with storage space under the countertop. Some have drawers and cabinet space underneath. This type of kitchen island is practical and ideal for a kitchen area that is smaller but needs the additional counter space. It can easily be pushed to the side during entertainment or if table space is needed. This style won’t break the bank and is something that you can add to your kitchen this weekend.
Built-in galley island
Built-in kitchen islands are a popular style seen today. A galley-style island is the most common. This option is typically made with the same cabinets and countertops as the rest of the kitchen. The cost varies because of this. If you choose granite countertops, the price will increase. Size of the island is also a cost factor.
This type of island is much larger than a moveable cart and provides counter space for meal prep and typically a seating area. Built-in kitchen islands that include plumbing and electricity can cost anywhere from $2,000 up.
However, adding a built in kitchen island adds value to your home, so installing a built-in kitchen island can be beneficial to homeowners.
L-shaped and U-shaped islands
Built in kitchen islands come in a variety of styles and shapes in addition to the galley island. An L-shaped island is large and therefore yields great storage and additional seating space. A downside of this is that it blocks a considerable portion of the kitchen space.
A U-shaped island is even bigger. This provides even more space but is also one of the largest styles. You probably won’t see this style in a standard-sized house.
Now that you know a few different options and costs for kitchen islands, take them into consideration for your next kitchen remodel!