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Karen Maslowski

Cindy, I've had islands both ways, and they both have their benefits. We were just at my brother's home, where they have a 5' deep island with a higher side and one end. The kitchen is open to the living room, and their island with higher seating works well.

My brother's island has a sink in it; mine have both had cooktops. I spend more time cooking than cleaning up, and enjoy being companionable while I'm doing it, so the cooktop in the island works well for me. When my kids were at home they sat at the higher counter doing homework while I cooked, and I could run their Latin verbs at them, etc. Another nice feature of the higher seating area is that cooking and/or sink splatters don't usually reach up to the higher counter area.

I was a kitchen designer years ago, and I know one thing: there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to kitchens.

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R11 thal

Islands use depends on your space and how you want to use it.

Social and Multiple purpose... in my experience

The island is not just for cooking....

Bar service, and apetizers, food service

sewing, building, crafts, homework, games, taxes, etc.

Cooking - In my experience -

Prep work always takes more time than the actual work.

Delegate prep and chopping and make it a social.

The actual cooking is either something really quick - a quick saute - or a stew - something that sits for hours.

I like the solid suface and don't want it interrupted with a stove or sink that is used only 30% of the time.

if you have an enormous kitchen with plenty of surface.... and don't need a multi pupose surface -

My friends have a sink in their island - and it's rarely used. I personally don't want to have to keep a cook top sparkling clean if it's in the center of the kitchen island.

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I'm living in an open concept condo . I don't feel the need to have 2 distinct spaces (one to cook and one... dinning room - too much lost space -)

I'm expecting from designers a nice table with multiples ( higher - lower) posibilities on.

When i'm cooking I put it at couter top level.

When I have guests I lower it like a regular table .

This is a good start idea ( for me )


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