Island Evolution

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The Brady House on Pearl Street

Judges' Hill, 78701
Construction & Remodeling

An Austin City Landmark built in 1910, and one of the only all-brick Arts & Crafts bungalows in the city.

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It goes without saying that kitchen islands have become one of the most frequently requested elements in both newer homes and in remodels, but just because they’ve been around a while doesn’t mean that the island hasn’t evolved. Today’s islands are more than a prep area. They serve as gathering spots, storage areas, cooking areas and some even include pet homes. The island ideas on the following pages are sure to inspire.


Island of contrast

In this Austin remodel by Avenue B Development, the goal was to provide a measure of separation between the family room and the kitchen without restricting space. Like the other projects, the island is serving as the gathering place for informal social gatherings. With an overhang for seating, a built-in sink and ample storage, this island provides an interesting contrast to the rest of the kitchen countertops and cabinetry, with a Carrara white countertop and black cabinets, while the rest of the kitchen features white cabinets with black granite countertops.


Written by Angela Rabke

Symmetry Magazine, Fall 2012