Replacing kitchen peninsula with new island


Existing Kitchen: This home is located in the College Park addition on the northwest side of Indianapolis. Their 1970’s kitchen lacked the functionality modern families are looking for these days. After four and a half years of living with outdated appliances and poor flow, the owners were ready to remodel. “The kitchen was very outdated, and the peninsula cut things off,” stated the homeowner. “There was very little cabinetry storage.”

Design Phase: The design team was focused on functionality. The designer stated, “Center islands are preferred now over peninsulas, as they allow for movement throughout the space rather than pooling people into one area. Storage is also a large consideration. Filling available space with well-designed cabinetry easily increases storage capacity.”

New Island: The new island needed to compliment the footprint of the original long and narrow kitchen space. By curving the end of the island where the kitchen table was previously located, the homeowners were able to have both an eat-in kitchen and a large work area. Extending the island also added more base cabinetry for their storage needs.

Perimeter Cabinets: Salvaging the original perimeter cabinets required some creativity, as the specifications for modern appliances have changed over the last 40 years. The trim carpenter modified the cabinet under the new cooktop to fit a 27-inch wall oven. The original cabinets were painted and updated hardware was installed. The desk area was replaced with the refrigerator and surrounding cabinetry. According to the homeowner, “The desk area trapped all of our mail and junk. I really like all of the new storage space.”

Final Result: New appliances, a striking glass tile backsplash, granite countertops and undercabinet lighting provide the finishing touches for this newly configured kitchen. Like many other homeowners, it is the little things that make these homeowners the happiest. “My favorite part is the outlet at the end of the island. Being able to have that extra prep space in the kitchen has made using my kitchen so much more enjoyable.”