Two Level Maple Island with Seating and Cooktop

Two Level Maple Island with Seating and Cooktop

We have designed many kitchen islands and every one is a little different.  Oh sure, there are similarities between them all, but the differences are easy to find.  Some islands have sinks, some have seating, a few have stoves, and most are within the very important work triangle of the kitchen.

At a recent client meeting many of those features were discussed and we also puzzled over the best material for the countertops.  It is not uncommon to change the countertop material between the island and the rest of the counters.  We have clients who love their choice of maple, marble, soapstone, granite, concrete, limestone, or any of a host of man made materials and can’t imagine having any other surface.  If anything, the choices are too numerous.

Like most choices in a home, the island and its features should match the family that lives there.

Marble Island with Room to Spread Out

Marble Island with Room to Spread Out

Honed Granite Island with Sink and Seating

Honed Granite Island with Sink and Seating

Butcher Block Island with Pop Up TV

Butcher Block Island with Pop Up TV

Walnut Island with Warming Drawer in Base

Walnut Island with Warming Drawer in Base

By Published On: April 13th, 2012Categories: Kitchen2 CommentsTags: , , , , ,

About the Author: James Crisp

James M. Crisp has been an architect for well over 30 years. His architectural firm, Crisp Architects, designs projects throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. In April of 2007, Taunton Press published 'On the Porch' by James M. Crisp and Sandra Mahoney.

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2 Comments

  1. F Miller April 20, 2012 at 6:33 am

    Nicely done, as always. Electrical outlets are not visibile on any of the pictured islands. Care to comment?

  2. James Crisp April 20, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Thanks. We often hide the plugs just below the countertop in a built-in plug strip. On the other hand, our photographer may have photoshopped them out.

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