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MAP Consultants, LLC

I think in my opinion, #3 is the most genius idea. Great article!

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lorriehjw
What a great idea -- the overhang on my counter leaves me almost crawling under to reach the drawers even though they are pull out drawers. Lorrie
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Joyce

We built a timber frame home in the mountains of Western North Carolina 13 years ago. The kitchen in this home is completely open to the living space in the home, a 43 ft long room. I opted not to have a traditional island that had cabinets below in order to keep the kitchen feeling more open. We had an iron base made in Mexico, that took over 6 months to finally arrive but worth the weight, and put a slab of granite on it. The island is the center of our kitchen. Everyone congregates around it from the minute they walk into our home. I use it for preparing food, buffet for parties, and just about everything that revolves around the kitchen. We also had electric outlet installed at construction time so the island really does work out great. When we put in the new tile in the kitchen we had to move the island. It weighed in with the granite top at 1,000 pounds. We put furniture mover pads under the feet of the island and slid it into the adjoining room! Really surprised me how really easy it was to move. Wheels under an island are a great idea when you need to move it. I love the ideas that these kitchen present in these kitchens. Breaking the mold for standard kitchens we see over and over again. And while a kitchen must be functional it's nice to see new ideas that are actually functional and beautiful to look at as well



. I think Islands that are also useful like in these photos are here to stay. I always loved the idea of an island in a kitchen but many have cabinets built in making them impossible to sit at as a family or with group of friends. Open beneath works great in our kitchen. It can be used from all sides and ours seats 6 people comfortably and is the focal point of our kitchen

   

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