Sunday, May 19, 2013

Re-Designing the Kitchen Island

Thank you so much for all your responses on my cooktop dilemma!
I feel that I need to explain more on WHY I chose Island cooktop vs. the wall cooktop, since the wall cooktop looks pretty amazing already.

Well, some of my blogger friends know this already.
 1)One of the big factors to my choice is COST.
You see, all the wiring, duct work and all is already on the current island, and my contractor explained to me more why moving the cooktop will be costly. I have a HUGE kitchen, actually, the contractor said, mine would be the biggest kitchen he'll be doing so far.
The cost is already bordering on my budget limit and I bet, it will still go up further since we haven't priced the cabinets yet. And so, we are keeping the cooktop where it is, on the island.

2) Also, there is  a gorgeous view across the island - not just the office area  but since it will be facing diag diagonally, it will be facing the pool area and back porch! It will be so nice especially in the summer.

3) And probably the most important reason for me is my need to supervise my son while I cook.
My little one also does daily online therapies. For those of you not familiar with online therapies, these are computer-internet based learning and language therapies for kids with learning disabilities.
My son needs to do 3-4 therapy session every afternoon after school on top of his homework. This needs my supervision and also because, he wants me to watch as he does this. I think it's a simple request from a kid who's already doing so much. If I do the therapies with him, this would eat out almost 2 hours of my time - after work, that means no cooking, no dinner or dinner out, a lot.

My friend CAROL from "Oasis in the Desert" and Robin From "Happily Home After" explained to me that in reality you don't really spend much time on facing the cooktop itself - and that is true, for most people. For me though, I will. So my prep work and cooking needs to be on the island.

Ok, enough said, here is what our current Kitchen Island looks like again...

It is situated across the office and will be so again when we renovate with one major difference - it will not have the gigantic space gap from the counter top behind!

Here are my Inspirations...

I love the contrasting cabinetry - white on the background cabinets and dark wood on the island.


I want the bar height (42") for the eat-in area of the island, that way I could avoid splatter and spills running down my 'customers' ;-)


Of course, my inspiration wouldn't be complete without Christopher Peacock's design as an inspiration!
I love the beverage fridge here and the drawers on the side. Easy access for plates and the like for our breakfast area.

And here are the design renderings of Design Coordinator, Heather Lapham of E.A. Knight Construction.

First draft was a flat island. Again, for safety reasons, I wanted a two-step island. Although flat straight islands are gorgeous, and originally, this was what I really wanted. But for my family, I just don't think this type would work. Plus I also did not like that line of cabinets underneath.

Here is the 2nd draft...

In the 2nd draft, the only complaint I had was the very deep eat-in tabletop - 30" was too deep and I was afraid that the island would be TOO BIG. 
I love that Heather kept the beverage fridge  at counter height too.

I asked for the drawers for pots and pand underneath the cooktop and 2 spice racks on each side. 
I think this is prettier and more practical too.

When my husband saw the design, he suggested though why not make the eat-in tabletop just go all the way to the edge? He thought it was nicer to look at. One big caveat though, I would loose my beverage fridge area or sacrifice a cabinet for a space for the fridge. 
Here's what it will look like if ever...

Much smaller island work area

Looks nice over-all but I decided not to sacrifice the extra-storage and fridge.

We went back to the original 2nd draft design with the eat-in island tabletop  only 20" deep.
Here's what it will look like.

What do you think? How does the island work in your home?
Would love to hear your thoughts! Please share away...

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  1. Wow! I can't wait to see the finished product. It's going to look soooo good!

  2. Love the dark island / light wall cabinets combo; great way to draw the eye to the island, which should be the focal point in a kitchen layout such as yours. My L-shaped peninsula with two-tier setup ... bar height countertop with chairs, cabinet height @ sink countertop area. My eating zone does not go all the way to the end of the L, rather the countertop height wraps around the end of the L ... gives me a great amount of additional counter works space (which I need cause my kitchen is modest in size). Whatever you decide about your kitchen island makes sure you have lots of electrical outlets planned! And I have a pull-out spice rack in my base cabs and it is my least fav feature in the kitchen and way underused ... be sure to check the inside dimensions and try your spices out in it first in the showroom ... mine is just too tight to easily get the spices in / out. I also have a pull-out for bottles (oils, vinegars, etc.) that's just a few inches wider and it is easy to use, and its my preferred choice. Robin

  3. I love your inspiration photos! And I can't wait to see everything when it's all finished. Have fun!!

  4. Can't wait to see the finished project. Loved your space, so much inspiration here.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Greetings from Singapore...

  5. Great inspiration pictures. Can't wait to see the finished project, it sounds gorgeous. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  6. Your first and last inspirational photos are sooo pretty. I too love Christopher Peacock...don't you wish he could just come take care of our kitchen remodels?!!! That would be wonderful!!! I love your design and think you are so smart to stick with the fridge and storage. I am so enjoying following your remodel!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...


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