to Usefully Set Up an Island Kitchen
island can provide valuable extra working space, or you can opt
for something more elaborate fitted with a sink or a cooktop.
top of the island can be made from laminate, solid granite, artificial
stone, solid wood, or tiles. If you plan to use the surface for
food preparation, choose real or artificial stone with a solid wood
butcher block inset. It's easy to damage a laminate top by forgetting
to use a chopping board and although tiles are attractive they can
be impractical as a work surface.
real or artificial stone is sensible if you want to include a cooktop.
Where electricity is being run to an island, it's a good idea to
make the most of it by installing a couple of outlets, either mounted
in the top or on the side, so that you can use small appliances.
Top-mounted sockets must be protected from spills and liquid by
a flap cover.
top can include a sink or a cooktop but existing floor coverings
may have to be lifted so that gas and water pipes and electric wiring
can be brought to the island.
sensible to site the island opposite the existing sink position
to minimize piping. Connections can be run across a concrete floor
before the final topping is laid, or run beneath floorboards.
sink: The island sink is normally secondary to the main sink and
can be used for washing vegetables or for preparing drinks. It isn't
really a good idea to make the island the site for the main sink
- there's unlikely to be enough room for anything more than a single
center: You could use the island as a cooking center by installing
a cooktop into the surface. An island is the perfect site for an
additional cooking unit such as a deep fat fryer or an indoor barbecue.
These small units take up less space than a normal 23 ½ in
(600mm) wide cooktop, which does not allow enough work space on
small specialized cooktops can be used alone or in combination.
A typical unit includes an indoor barbecue, griddle, deep fat fryer,
two zone gas, electric or halogen burners, and a two zone gas cooktop
with a wok burner.
you want to install a cooktop, you need a ceiling-mounted range
hood above the island. A dramatic stainless steel chimney range
hood, or an integrated range hood hidden in a handsome wooden canopy,
helps to turn the island into an interesting focal point. A ducted
range hood that carries cooking smells, steam, and smoke is more
efficient than a recirculating model - in an island installation,
the ducting can be hidden in the ceiling cavity.
expensive range hoods can be noisy so if you intend to use the room
for living and eating in addition to cooking, consider a remote
sure the island is at the right working height for you. Standard
working height is 36in (900mm), but some feel that the ideal height
for cooking, kneading bread, and other culinary tasks is 31 ½
33 ½ in (800-850mm). Achieve this by either reducing
the whole island height or part of it. If you want it to double
as a breakfast bar, lower the cooking and working areas only so
that the top is on two levels.
you are installing an additional cook-top into the countertop, the
range hood will help to make the island into a focal point. There
are several other ways to give dramatic overhead impact to a simple
canopy makes the perfect home for trailing green plants such as
English or grape ivy. Both flourish in a warm, steamy kitchen atmosphere.
If the canopy is slatted, you can hang utensils from the underside.
a utensil hanger from an old-fashioned clothes drier. Make sure
that it is securely fixed to the ceiling with butterfly bolts or
it might collapse under the weight of pots and pans.
a simple wooden or metal rail from chains and use it for tying up
bunches of dried flowers and herbs, and strings of garlic and onions.
a billiard table-style light or a pull-down light fixture above
the island to illuminate the surface.
the base of the island unit really work for you with these simple
wooden rollers to the side of the island for kitchen towel, dish
towels, foil, and food wraps.
a kick space heater in the plinth for instant warmth.
a space between units or appliances for trays or wooden chopping
boards. Fit the space with telescoping rails if you need somewhere
to hang dish towels and oven gloves.
space is limited, use sliding or bi-fold doors on island base cupboards.
drawers are useful for storing casseroles, saucepans, baking tins,
and electrical appliances.
you collect cookbooks, fit bookshelves to the base - small, shallow
ones for standard paperbacks; larger, deeper shelves for bigger
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