October 31


How a Kitchen Island can Revitalise your Home

By Brian McMonagle

October 31, 2018

Donegal, Island, Worktops

The kitchen is the most valuable and most hard-working part of the house, so when experts evaluate kitchen renovations as capable of boosting property value by 4-7%, an investment in a granite or quartz kitchen island is a wise, forward-looking option. 

In addition to the gorgeous marble, quartz, and granite kitchen countertop staples which we’re known for, we often install our countertops to kitchen islands, which are a luxurious, functional, and appealing addition to the heart of your home.

The possible uses of a kitchen island are endless. A space for entertaining guests, expanded cooking operations, useful appliances, or even as a beautiful place to sit and have a coffee as breakfast cooks a few feet away, kitchen islands magnify the utility and beauty of your kitchen by several orders of magnitude. 

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By coordinating materials across your kitchen surfaces, a kitchen island is a fantastic way of bringing attention to the colour and texture of your countertops. Rich, beautiful assortments of marble, granite or quartz can align, from the kitchen counters to the backsplash and across to your island, to transform a kitchen into a truly magnificent space.

Not only does the kitchen island serve as a focal point, but it creates a natural, flowing element to the space that is so often used and occasionally fought over. Surface area is important in a kitchen – and by adding an island, the total area you’ll have to carry out all functions of your kitchen will exponentially increase. Bakers are among the first to recommend marble as their surface of choice for kitchen islands, as the surface is naturally a perfect place for dough, which doesn’t stick on it and cleans up easily thereafter. 

The potential for cabinetry and storage underneath the kitchen island provides homeowners with a fantastic opportunity to introduce new appliances and tools to their kitchen, and as variety is the spice of life, the newfound potential a kitchen island brings to a home is great for encouraging sociability and warmth in this crucial space. 

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If your new island comes with a hob, there is further potential therein for hanging pots, pans, and cooking instruments from a high-quality hood, not to mention the charming lighting options which homeowners may then pair with the look of their island. Hanging lights, or those built into the hood, further serve to highlight this emblematic feature of high-end homes. 

Natural stone serves as a lovely choice for this high-traffic space, as its timelessness both further increases the value of your property and ensures the island remains appealing and pleasing to the eye, no matter the trend of the day. Using quartz for a kitchen island is a bold option as well, making this extremely useful area an ever-enduring work-space and surface for busy, lively homes. The tremendous personality built into granite and quartz kitchen islands are unrivalled by practically any other addition to a home, and its effects on the general flow of activity within your home make it a piece to stand the test of time. 

If you’d care to speak with an expert on the installation of a kitchen island or how we might facilitate this beautiful addition to your home, get in touch today. 

Brian McMonagle

About the author

Brian took over McMonagle Marble & Granite from his father Cathal in 2009. A family run business McMonagles was originally a fireplace distributer. Brian’s innovative steps has now expanded the company to over 20 employees, International markets and into the leading marble and granite fabricator of the North West of Ireland.

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