Just like an island paradise offers a great deal of R&R, a kitchen island can also contribute to making home life in the kitchen a little easier– and for the most part– more interesting and fun. Having an extra working surface in the middle of your kitchen not only makes meal prep and cooking more efficient, but alters the way you use and enjoy the most frequented room in your house.

Home remodeling that incorporates a kitchen island is beneficial for many reasons, but the most significant would be having a main hub for food preparation, cooking, and entertaining.
No matter what your core purpose is for installing a kitchen island, your Las Vegas Contractor will confirm the most important thing to remember when in the design phase is functionality. The functionality of your kitchen island is paramount for you to accomplish all tasks in the kitchen with ease, as it becomes the pivot point between your kitchen’s food-prep, cooking and cleaning zones. Having a prep sink with a garbage disposal is extremely handy. Make sure there is effortless access to your silverware/utensil drawers, cabinets, dishwasher, garbage and trash compactor. Opting for self-closing drawers is a great option for families that tend to leave drawers open. Your island cabinets should offer space for oversized kitchen items, such as food processor or blender, and have an area below the sink for dish soap, towels etc. There should be plenty of clearance for your dishwasher and trash compactor doors to open for proper traffic and workflow. Your kitchen island should have electrical outlets in strategic areas for cooking appliances. If your kitchen island faces out to your living or family room, having dual height counters to hide dirty dishes from view is recommended.

The Perfect Prep and Cooking Station

Extra Space
With the option of having a kitchen island to include additional drawer space, shelving, and cabinets, the island becomes not only an extension to your kitchen space–but a co-pilot for every cooking and prep task. Having the additional space allows for you to expand your cooking creativity. Designing a working side and public side to your kitchen island is recommended for the optimum benefits that a kitchen island contributes to the overall use of the kitchen.
Having a prep sink and garbage disposal in the middle of your kitchen is extremely helpful for preparing meals more efficiently. Prep sinks make islands ideal for not only rinsing/cleaning food but washing hands and bartender prep for parties. Whether your kitchen island surface is stone, granite, quartz, butcher block or other, tucking your sink into the corner of an island allows for maximizing your working surface.

Dining & Entertainment Station

Dining Area / Entertainment
A kitchen island can be used as an informal dining area, as well as additional seating while entertaining. Having the ability to cook and prepare meals while still being part of the festivities is both convenient and enjoyable. Whether your space seats a larger group of 6 or only 2, it’s always a bonus to be able to have more seating space in your kitchen.
Whatever design shape for your island that you choose, having both cooking and eating on the same island should have a two-tiered design with counter height for eating area raised to avoid cooking splatters.
Your lifestyle will determine how you plan to use your island and whether you will choose to have it be mostly for storage, a prep & wash station, eating area, cooking and eating combined, or more for entertaining. Choosing your kitchen island shape depends on the square footage of your kitchen, as well as thinking about how you will be using it the most. There can be endless custom kitchen island shapes, but some of the more common are Rectangular, L-Shape, T-Shape, U-Shape, & Dual islands. All these shapes can incorporate designs for prepping, cooking, eating and entertaining.
Mobile Islands
Mobile kitchen islands can offer the best of both worlds– accommodating both for extra counter space and floor space. There can’t be too many cooks in the kitchen with a mobile island. Imagine everyone prepping in different areas of the kitchen and using the island for a wine and appetizer hub. Or perhaps the island could be useful as prep or display for desert, and rolled away to the dining room once dinner has finished. Mobile islands can be rolled to any part of the kitchen for extra working surface to streamline meal preparation.
Kids Benefit
A kitchen island with seating space is a great place for kids to eat and hang out. Whether they are having after school snacks while doing their homework or having a meal, this is an ideal spot for family time conversation. Kitchen islands can make cooking and clean-up duties easier and more fun for kids while using the island’s many amenities.
Cook Top Island
I had cooktop and sink in an island and loved it just redone my kitchen with a u shape in the middle of my open plan room – breakfast bar on one end and cooktop and sink with downdraft extractor in the middle and love it even more.
If you prefer when cooking and prepping to be chatting to family and friends instead of your back turned staring at a wall, perhaps a cooktop island is best for you. If you’re cooking alone, you can have more to look at—out the windows or tv—rather than the wall. If you decide to have a cooktop in your island, it is best to have a prep sink with garbage disposal on your island as well as proper ventilation with hood or downdraft.
Island Add-Ons
As mentioned earlier, your lifestyle will dictate what design of kitchen island is best for you—as well as what added fixtures and appliances you will choose. For instance, if you entertain frequently, you might find installing a mini refrigerator or wine fridge would suit your needs. If your passion is cooking from recipe books, you may choose an island with open shelving on one end for easy access to your cookbooks. If you enjoy baking, an island with an added work surface at the correct level for kneading is a handy choice, along with enclosed shelving to keep your cookbooks safe from being coated with flour. If you have younger kids who want to make their own snacks, installing a microwave in your kitchen island is helpful.
Pet Station
Our pets know that the kitchen is where the goods are and if you’re in the kitchen, chances are they are right behind you. The kitchen is the most natural place for your pets to eat, but often there isn’t an ideal spot for their dishes that doesn’t end up getting in the way. If you have an existing kitchen island or installing a new one, you might consider having a built-in pet feeding station to keep everything tidy and out of the way of traffic flow. The pet station can include drawers above to store treats, medications, leashes, doggie bags, laser lights, toys and anything pet related that you want to keep all in one place for an easy find.
Final Note
Whether you have a large room that allows for a kitchen island that contains all the above listed amenities or a small room with a mobile roll-away kitchen island, the benefits of having this extra working space far outweigh not having one. It streamlines prep and cooking—allowing for more space and storage, as well as allowing family and friends more time to enjoy being together for every meal.


What our clients say about us

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Rob Ransom
Rob Ransom
30 January 2024
GI Construction - January 2024 I do not give 5 star ratings – As a process improvement professional, there is always room for improvement. 4 star is fabulous, but since this is an algorism I will deviate from my norm. In 2021 I had gone out to bid, only to find out that most construction and supply houses had prices that I found to be unacceptable. Products such as shower heads, faucets and cabinets were priced extremely high, they were also hard to get. So, we put this on hold and did smaller projects; outdoors, flooring, kitchen, etc. to show you we were getting introduced to construction projects. In October 2023, we went out to bid on renovating our 30-year-old, 2.5 bathrooms in Las Vegas. I reviewed many companies and found 3 that were reviewed well and had no issues with the board of contractors. After review of their costs and discussing how they would work the project, we decided on GI. They started the work when we had purchased all the materials that we needed to purchase, (shower heads, cabinets, basins, tile for the showers and floors, etc. They started their day at 7 am and worked to 3 PM. They take pride in the work and make sure it is done correctly. As an example, Jose (one of the tile guys) did the main bathroom shower and flooring. He worked his artistry in making it extremely beautiful. He would cut a piece for one of the benches, use it on top and take the other piece he just cut and place it in front, so it was a continuation. He did this on each of the benches and step over in the entrance. Just look closely at the main shower enclosure and you will see the quality. Problems yes! We were phasing in the project the main bathroom and ½ bath first, then the guest bathroom. After the main bathroom was completed, I turned on the hot water in the glass vessels we had picked out. I was waiting for the water in the shower to get warm. I turned around and saw the water was hot going into the vessel, so I turned it off – I thermal shocked the glass, it broke, fell to the floor, chipped the new tile and generally made things a mess! I called the team manager (Valentin) and told him what had happened, his response was “No problem - We’ll take care of it.” So, I reordered the glass vessels and got them re-installed. The tile I repaired with a chip kit I had used when we had redone the tile the prior year. The other issue we encountered was we lived in the home during the construction. Dust everywhere and constantly cleaning to keep the house livable. The bottom line to me is the quality of the people that are doing the work and their dedication to the customer’s complete satisfaction is one of the things that made this less arduous. The entire project took 7 weeks; 2 weeks delay due to our buying the wrong products and having to find replacement products. The GI team worked with us, guiding us to right suppliers and helping wherever they could. I will put pictures of GI Construction’s finished work and during the project. Hopefully you will be able to tell their quality. Just a side note: Valentin and his teams kept this project going Monday thru Friday. They don’t work on the weekends, but pulled a half day on Saturday a couple of times to meet my schedule. I can’t say enough of Valentin’s professionalism! The customer is always in the forefront of his mind, making them feel good, lowering their anxiety about the project.
Katherine Long
Katherine Long
20 December 2023
My experience with GI Construction was great. Construction Workers was very pleasant and timely.
kylan becho
kylan becho
14 November 2023
We reached out to GI Construction to do some work for our bathroom remodel and could not be happier with our experience. They were professional from start to finish, always on time, answered any questions I had throughout the project, and just did a great job overall. During our planning stage Isaac really took his time to ensure that the work they were doing was going to be both functional and practical. Both he and Valentin wanted to make sure that they were giving us the best possible product and went over every possible design to help us choose the best one for our needs. In a time where good, trustworthy contractors are hard to find, GI Construction sets a standard that should be held across the industry. Thank you GI Construction for all your work, it was worth every penny!
Rose Carter
Rose Carter
17 August 2023
We hired GI construction to take over a small bathroom remodel of a shower. The first contractor we hired did a horrible job, we lost money and had to terminate his services in the middle of tiling. Issac the owner and Valentin the project supervisor met with us and went over everything step by step giving us confidence that the nightmare construction would be turned around. So glad we chose GI construction, our walk in shower turned out beautifully! Long story short, don’t cheap out, go with a professional! My husband and I would use GI construction again. We love our new shower! Services performed: shower remodel
Jim O'Connor
Jim O'Connor
25 July 2023
We really wanted to have our master bathroom reconfigured to accommodate a nice walk-in shower and have an old jetted tub removed. After contacting several companies with little to undesirable responses we contacted GI Construction. Isaac responded to our house the very next day and observed what we envisioned. He was vey knowledgeable and forthright in his assessment of our project. We contracted with GI Construction and we couldn't have been happier with our choice. Valentin and Roberto came to the house to establish a plan for construction and a timeline. Roberto was a true craftsman and insured every aspect of our construction was done with strict precision. The walk-in shower and associated construction was done in a timely manner and with ultimate concern for our pleasure and acceptance. If you are looking for a "professional contractor" to do your construction project look no further than GI Construction - you won't be disappointed. We would highly recommend them for any project you may encounter. Thank You GI Construction for providing us with a beautiful and functional master bath !!
Gregory Will
Gregory Will
23 May 2023
Went through GI Construction by referral online. They were professional, answered my questions when I had concerns and when we were ready they scheduled the work and stayed on task through out the process. Kept us in the loop regarding any issues and did an fantastic job. They are honest and available when you need to talk to someone. Would highly recommend for their services. ** Thank you Isaac & Valentin for making our bathrooms look amazing!**
Jason Bagley
Jason Bagley
25 April 2023
After searching and obtaining many bids from different construction companies, Isaac with GI Construction provided us with a low cost, complete and solid option that did not hide or leave open any unknown fees. There methods of a simple TI were perfect for our needs as well as saving us thousands on unneeded expenses. I'd personally recommend GI for any project small or big.
Kimberly Allison
Kimberly Allison
9 February 2023
My project manager Valentin was so helpful and very responsive with any issues. Foreman Jorge went above and beyond to make sure I was happy with all the finish work and he and his crew stayed late on a Friday to finish the job. They even moved my very large headboard back in from the garage. All workers were professional and polite. I would definitely recommend this company and will be using in the future. Rodney and Kimberly Allison
Lucy Melugin
Lucy Melugin
6 January 2023
We worked with Isaac, the owner and Valentin, the project manager and their amazing crew. We couldn't be happier with the end project! We had a water leak from an upstairs tenant so the whole bathroom had to be redone and a wall in the bedroom on the other side plus we had some plumbing and wiring done as well. I would love to leave a picture but couldn't see where to add it.
RadBluff 2
RadBluff 2
22 December 2022
Working with G I Construction was one of the best experiences we have with contractors. The attention to detail, care for one's property and getting things right the 1st time is what G I Construction mission is. Top notch!
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