Appliances for Kitchen Islands
It's surprising how many kitchen islands are nothing more than tables or counters, occasionally also serving as workspaces.
While this is certainly inexpensive, it almost appears to be an afterthought, as if to say, “We've got this extra space in the middle of the kitchen, so we need to fill the space.” Well, why not get some functionality out of it?
Appliances on Islands for Universal Design
There is much discussion these days about Universal Design. One of the challenges is finding lower cabinet space for moving microwaves from over-the-range and in general making appliances more accessible. The kitchen island is ideal for a microwave drawer as well as for an undercounter refrigerator or beverage center, or even refrigerator or freezer drawers. Also, moving appliances to a kitchen island frees up more cabinet space along the wall.
Entertaining Around a Kitchen Island
A strong rationale for an “open kitchen” design is for entertaining. Guests gather in the kitchen for a glass of wine and watch, if not participate in the final stages, of the meal preparation. Yet, with appliances lined up against a wall, for much of this time the host is standing at the range with his or her back facing the guests. If we would only move that range or cooktop to the island, the preparation would be the center of activity, and the host and group would be much more engaged.
Of course, it's more work planning for gas for a cooktop, ventilation, etc. but that's why we need designers. Anybody can stick a box in the middle of the kitchen.
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