We see tons of young couples and families snatching up old Toronto homes and renovating them to their tastes. These homes are at least 50 years old if not older, meaning no open concept main floors and small kitchens. We all know that kitchens are the focal point of a home, as we spend most of our time in them either cooking or entertaining or both. Most people will spend a chunk of their renovation budget on re-designing their kitchens and why not, as it improves the resale value of their home.
We live in a generation where open concept main floors are a “must have”, but it’s good to have a definitive separation between the kitchen and the rest of the house.
In the homes we see, a lot of people either have big kitchen islands or peninsulas. These can also be great for creating extra storage or relocating a sink, so you can more counter space elsewhere.
Now, for those of you wondering what the difference is…
- a kitchen island is a separate entity and has circulation on all 4 sides
- a peninsula is usually attached to a wall and has circulation on 3 sides
We love kitchen islands, but they usually require more space so a peninsula might be a better alternative, depending how much space you have to work with. In our current home, we have a galley kitchen, but we wanted extra counter space, so we went with a peninsula to allow people to gather in our kitchen. Why? Because entertaining in your living room is a thing of the past!
Bottom line, we want you to be the judge and check out these photos of kitchen islands and peninsulas and let us know which one you prefer:
We love the vintage and modern feel to these islands!
Photo credits: Neptune, homynesia, Bridgeport architect Austin Patterson Disston Architects, Teginteriors, Kitchen decor pad
So, which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below!
Meanwhile, if you’ve got any Real Estate questions, get in touch with us, we’d be happy to help!