Advantages of Having a Kitchen Island

by Jessica Andrews-Kunst 10/06/2019

If you want to add create functionality in your kitchen, a kitchen island is a great way to go. Kitchen Islands have many benefits that make your kitchen easier to cook in and to entertain. No matter the type of kitchen island that you decide to have, you will see a new lease on life when it is up. If you are still considering whether to get a kitchen island or not, here are some of the advantages

Extra space for amenities

An island is a great place to put more kitchen amenities like a wine unit, drawers, and organizers. Islands also come with electrical outlets that will help you use small appliances better away from your main kitchen area.

Extra storage

You can have extra cabinets and drawers in the island to keep small appliances and kitchen utensils. Plates, blenders, and even wine bottles can find a storage space in a kitchen island. You can also store things under a kitchen island and keep them from interfering with the main kitchen area.

Family entertainment area

Hanging out in the kitchen to cook, entertain or merely do homework is fun around a kitchen island. It provides extra space for the family to have a great time. If you are also entertaining guests, it is a nice place to have a conversation and a nice bottle of wine with friends.

Increased seating

Get more people involved in the kitchen activities by including a kitchen island to your home. Whether they are grabbing a bite, watching someone cook or helping out, kitchen islands make the kitchen more social and accommodating. It is especially great for kids to do their homework or have their meals away from the main living area and close enough for their parents to keep an eye on them.

Higher home value

A kitchen island, especially with a marble or granite countertop, is a nice feature to highlight in a home listing. A lot of people see that and are happy not to have to do that again. It is a great feature that can make your home more valuable whenever you want to sell it. Islands are one of the most requested home improvement features for kitchens today.

Speak to a home improvement contractor today to know what kitchen island options are possible for your home.

About the Author
Author

Jessica Andrews-Kunst

Jessica Andrews-Kunst is an accomplished Bay Area agent who brings a strategic yet personable approach to the home buying, home selling, and investing process. Drawing from years of experience as a Sonoma County entrepreneur, Jessica has built a reputation for her refreshingly friendly customer care and proven ability to guide buyers and sellers both to obtain the best real estate value streamlined to their individual expectations. Whether it is pursuing a family dream home or as assisting a seller toward a researched, smooth, stress-free, sale of their home, Jessica enjoys helping people navigate through this sometimes complex process. 

A Bay Area native, growing up in Marin and Contra Costa Counties and then moving to Sonoma County 20 years ago, Jessica has extensive knowledge of the different cities and neighborhoods across the Bay Area, all the way to the Oregon border.  Jessica is a professional business woman who, for more than 21 years, has demonstrated her passion of real estate by embracing the process in her personal life.


Her main intention is to understand each client’s needs and build a relationship that lasts. When orchestrating deals for her buyers and sellers, Jessica is assertive and effective, getting the job accomplished with the utmost  honesty and integrity. She believes that all clients should walk away feeling like they had the best and most honorable experience possible. While she is known as a strong negotiator and advocate for her clients, she is just as much a compassionate, friendly, empathetic team player who eases a process that can at times seem stressful. Jessica can diffuse such moments and help streamline and smooth the process.


Jessica is a member of CAR, NAR, & CAA. She recently served as the President of the Board of Homeowners Associations for Willow Park; a 58-unit complex of townhouse and condos in Rohnert Park, CA. Jessica was personally responsible for engaging the community of owners to transition this residential complex from a distressed, unfundable complex to a thriving community. Gathering people with a common goal, Jessica created a functioning board who then worked to restore the financial reserves, addressed years of deferred maintenance and engaged a community of owners to participate in the wellbeing of their community by working together and taking pride in their neighborhood.