When we first moved into our home (6 years ago) I had visions for a larger kitchen island. The kitchen had a space designed for a small table, but I didn't want to put a small table in the kitchen that would be right next to our large dining room table. It made more sense to just expand the island. My family expanded this year (we had our 5th boy), so......
it was time to do the island expansion!
I went with a "T" shaped countertop (rather than a square) so that the barstools on the sides could easily slide in and not crowd the walkways in my kitchen.
First, I hired a cabinet guy (McKean Woodworking) to build me a box. The original island stayed (the top part of the "T")
and he built the box off of that.
Next was the countertop. I love the look of marble, but I didn't want the worry and stress that goes along with marble countertops. We decided on Quartz. It is called "Tranquility" by HanStone. I am VERY pleased with the look!!! I looked at other Quartz countertops but the veining had a pattern to it so it didn't look natural. This one had a random veining pattern which I really liked.
My smart sister encouraged me to go with the 3" mitered edge (instead of an ogee or beveled edge). It gives the illusion of a very thick and large slab, but as you can see below....
it's all an illusion!
I am loving that my whole family can sit at the bar together! I love that my kids can spread out their homework or coloring books and it doesn't interfere with my cooking space! I love that there is tons of space for a buffet line at my annual family Thanksgiving party! Love, Love, Love it!!!
Barstools - Ballard Designs
Wooden Tray and Glass Terrarium - World Market