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An oddly-shaped kitchen island:
It's one of my biggest pet peeves.
And I've seen some crazy ones.
There was a moment in the 90s when all builders suddenly discovered the term: “island kitchen." And they all latched on to it, because it became one of the top selling points for a house.
Of course, as island kitchens became more popular, people started coming up with their own unique design interpretations, which came to mean: "Anything built out of wood and placed in the center of a kitchen."
These structures didn’t have to be functional, beautiful or even appear purposeful to be labeled an “island kitchen." All one had to do was place a big a bump in the middle of a sea of ceramic tile and your kitchen would suddenly be trendy. :-)
One of the "tricks" -- perhaps performed on a job site by the carpenter, without any real thought to the design -- was to build the island into the shape of the kitchen it was in. Essentially, they'd just look down upon the kitchen floor plan, reduce the size, and build the island in that shape, in the middle of the room.
The image to the right features one that we ripped out of a job (along with the peninsula) some time ago.
Looks like Idaho, doesn’t it? Or a maze.
Now, that’s creative! But hardly useful :-(
Personally, I always prefer an island to be a recognizable, logical shape of some kind that typically includes some details to make it stand out, like a piece of furniture or as the centerpiece of the kitchen - which, in fact, it is.
Below are a few examples of oddly-shaped kitchen islands that went bye-bye from some of my own kitchen remodel projects, and the new ones we replaced them with!
oDDLY-SHAPED KITCHEN ISLANDS THAT NEEDED TO GO....
This before pic, below, is a kitchen remodel project that is just finishing up. That wonky island had to go. Plus, we were able to move the cooktop to the side wall of the kitchen for a new, open work space on the island. :-)
That was a bit of a sneak peek on that last one! Can't wait to get it in the books with pro photos! I tell more about how we moved the cooktop at this link.
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Do you have room for a kitchen island and don't have one?
You might check out some of these I've found online.