While available space and functionality help define the modern kitchen island, it truly is a space that is completely customizable to the homeowners. This is where the personalization really happens.

Audet reports that she once designed a 28-foot-long island for a family that often made great-grandma’s raviolis by hand. “That island is where they keep their family traditions alive,” she notes. They opted for quartz as the solid-surface top because it won’t allow bacteria to grow and it does not need to be sealed like granite.

Myers pointed to an island that included a special “kennel” cabinet for the family dog. Another homeowner added a drop-down countertop off her island for her grandchildren’s art projects.

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