2545 E. Alameda CirContemporary Kitchen, Denver
Photography by Teri Fotheringham
Cabinetry Designed by:Aspen Leaf Kitchens Limited
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Put It on WheelsBuilt-in islands can be tricky in narrow narrow kitchens because building codes often require a certain number of inches between appliances and fixed cabinetry for safety (typically 36 to 42 inches). If you haven’t got the space for an island but still want one, consider mounting a countertop on wheels so it can just be rolled out of the way when you want to use your oven or dishwasher. Use locking wheels — and remember to actually set them — to avoid runaways, unexpected travel or rolled-over toes.
Long and narrow. One option is to rethink the depth of your island. Not all islands are meant to have seating. Some simply function as another work surface with perhaps a bit of storage below. In this photo, the combination butcher block and stainless steel island adds a warm yet industrial element to a gray Transitional-style kitchen. The openness of the island adds an airy feeling to this galley kitchen space.