#large kitchen islands
Here is a reader request from Monika: I’m about a year away from a major kitchen/family room remodel and our architect is recommending we have a large island that would stand alone without a sink or stove. The sink and stove will be on the wall opposite the island. I love the idea of a large open space with no sink/stove paraphernalia to clutter it up, but I haven’t seen an example of this in real life and would like to see a few examples before I give the go ahead. my mother in particular is skeptical siting the importance of the “work triangle” while I feel a large clutter free expanse creating a sense of calm cleanliness trumps the triangle. If you find examples of large islands with no sink/stove, I would love to see them. I am absolutely with you Monika. Plus, with the main sink in the island, you’ll always have a pile of dishes there. Who wants to see that so clearly?
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Strange, while looking for homes in Houston, most of the ones I ve seen have just an island . I really prefer it. Tons of examples at www.har.com, zip code 77024.
i must say it s my preferred option as well – perfect space for marathon cookie bake-offs, food prep and can double as a table. seems strange, though, that you d find it so rare: it seems to pop up on a lot of decorating blogs.
p.s. sometimes it s ok not to listen to one s mother
Thank you for these. Am not sure why anyone would make an island with a stove or a sink. I think islands should be plain and used for anything from making larges batches of stuff, to taxes, to homework, and of course, serving a large buffet. Bravo!
My island does not have one either. it s a waterfall style. You could add it if you wanted, I would smile HUGELY!
I am emailing you a JPEG as well.
Kim, wow, lovin all these pics. You amaze me to find all these!
If you re into cooking up a storm, an unobstructed work surface is what you re going to want. But, I have to say, looking at some of the photos – some of those islands DO interfere with the work-triangle setup. You don t have free movement between the stations of fridge, sink, and stove. I imagine it would get annoying having to schlep around it all the time.
These are great. Even for a non-cook like me, extra counter space is bliss.
I have just a island . Love it! And yes it breaks the triangle . but I look at it as centre point in the triangle . it works well. Powerpoints are a must too!
I have a sink in my bench but it very rarely has dishes in it as I have a dishwasher. besides, if you are inclined to have dishes left in your sink; you d see them on the other side. but a n y w a y. I love almost all of these kitchens. I believe that you have to go for something that suits you and your family. We have a huge kitchen bench and it is definitely a big plus. I understand what you re saying about seeing a lot of kitchens with the hotplates or sink in them as I ve noticed that also. Every display home that we looked at 5 years ago had it, I see it in most friends houses and in a lot of kitchen showrooms. Thank goodness for the internet! Have fun. )
Our home has a large island without a stove or sink and we love it. And this is coming from a household of crazy cooks that often feeds 50+ people from this kitchen 🙂
We have a large island without any cooktop or sink – yes it does break up the work triangle a little in such a large kitchen but I love it. I use it as a large serving space esp with casual entertainig where it doubles as a buffet. Usually there s fruit etc on the top but I love that when I m in a completely clutter free mood I can clear everything and enjoy the space and serenity it brings to the room. Besides I wanted my sink along the wall where I can look out at the garden and enjoy the bi-fold windows that run along that wall flung wide open.
A large island w/o electrical or water is much cheaper to install and can be changed whenever you want if the island is not a permenent built-in. I agree with the rest of the comments here about efficiency and luxury of work area!