Kitchen islands are the new heart of the home. Our custom homes at Lake Norman all feature stunning island layouts, with seating, functional or mood lighting, and a kitchen sink to drool over.

The farmhouse sink is often a feature of custom homes, making a design statement as well as being a modern must-have for function, ease, and practicality. Not just white anymore, these are now available in many colors and shapes – rectangular and stainless being the current favorite.

Some homeowners like to choose simple, consistent granites as a workspace on a kitchen island; other custom homes showcase exotic granites as an eye-catching, beautiful custom piece for entertaining or just enjoying a morning coffee. Quartz is a man-made product that has been gaining in popularity in the Charlotte custom-home market, especially as all-white kitchens remain very much in vogue. With quartz, custom home buyers can select solid white or any custom color to compliment their choice of cabinets and hardwoods.

Lighting on an island sets the tone for the entire room and links it to other spaces such as the morning room or the great room. From the tiny spotlights of a few years ago to the enormous globes that are in fashion now, the way you light your island speaks to your design sense and the way you like to use it – eating, working, entertaining, or just hanging out.

There’s a wealth of exciting choices in island design – take a tour of an Arthur Rutenberg model home and see for yourself. Come to visit us at our Verdict Ridge Model in Denver, NC at 2208 Pine Valley Drive in the Verdict Ridge Country Club.

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