Choosing Between Kitchen Island and Peninsula, Part 2

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the differences between islands and peninsulas for those taking part in kitchen remodels. These are similar addition types for an upgraded kitchen, but with notable differences that separate them in terms of practical use and the kinds of kitchens they’re usually best for.

At Pine Tree Construction, we’re proud to offer a wide range of kitchen remodeling and renovation services among our numerous local contractor services. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few additional variables to consider while choosing between a peninsula and an island for your new kitchen space, including some final words on ROI and resale value for those keeping property value as a key factor.

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Matching Vs. Contrasting

You’ll have a few important design choices ahead of you while making this decision, and one is whether you’re looking for the new island or peninsula to match or contrast the rest of your kitchen’s existing décor. The island is likely the more versatile option here – it can either be matched or contrasted fairly easily due to its detachment from the rest of the main countertops and woodwork, since it serves as its own unit in a sense.

Peninsulas, on the flip side, should usually match the existing kitchen space in aesthetics and cabinet style. This is because the peninsula is still attached to these other areas, meaning it would look strange if it suddenly changed aesthetics.

Installation Themes

In cases where you’re choosing between these options for a new construction home, installation costs and timing themes are pretty similar. Plumbing and electrical wiring will be equal, so there’s no major difference.

When it comes to remodeling jobs, however, the peninsula tends to be the much easier and lower-cost installation. Cabinets and other structures are much easier to build on existing foundations than from the ground up, and you won’t usually need much wiring or plumbing – areas you may need to consider for many island installations.

Appliance Setup

For appliances, your choice of island or peninsula is really all about personal preference. Islands tend to be highly efficient but also require major planning and can be more expensive; peninsulas, on the other hand, are a bit simpler but may not bring quite as much in terms of an efficient setup.

ROI and Resale Value

Finally, which of these two options will do the most for your long-term ROI and resale value? In all honesty, the answer is that neither will usually make a huge difference – while kitchen remodels themselves have a fantastic impact on ROI, there’s no real difference between these two sub-options. Some modern buyers may be more interested in islands, but this is mostly an anecdotal observation as much as anything.

For more on kitchen islands versus peninsulas, or to learn about any of our home remodeling or other general contractor services, speak to the staff at Pine Tree Construction today.