If you have the privilege of designing your own kitchen island from scratch, you have a unique opportunity to create a fixture in your home that expresses your personality and suits your kitchen needs to a tee.
First, you must ask yourself some questions about the function of your island. Do you want a two-tier island that serves as an eating spot and a prep area? Consider the height of the island, room for knee space, and what sort of barstools you have or would like to have. Will your island have a built-in sink and dishwasher? If you have a cooktop, is there room for an exhaust vent above? How much storage do you want your island to provide, and do you want that storage to be open or hidden by cabinet doors? Have you planned for electrical outlets? Is your kitchen so spacious that it could accommodate two islands, one larger work area and a smaller prep area or tabletop island?