Anne & Richard's 1908 HomeTraditional Kitchen, Portland
Two custom-built moveable islands create flexible counter space in this long but relatively narrow kitchen. New walnut lower cabinets were meticulously matched to the uppers to create a seamless update consistent with the period architectural style of this 1908 Portland foursquare style home. Photo by Photo Art Portraits.
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Cons. Whipping up meals on wheels isn’t for everyone. Rolling islands are small and compact, which simply won’t work for some homeowners, even ones who are short on space. They can be a hassle to roll out during meals or to store. Bigger designs may be hard to move for some homeowners. They offer little to no storage.
Another easily added integrated cutting surface is a movable island, like the two custom ones shown here.Tip: Wooden cutting boards and butcher blocks should be oiled every one to three months to protect the surface.How to clean and care for butcher block
Kitchen sinks have been steadily growing in bowl depth. Most sinks used to be as shallow as 6 inches or less; the average today is 8 to 10 inches, and they can go as deep as 12 inches. If you repurpose a vintage sink, such as the one pictured here, it will likely be on the shallow side.
The long and narrow footprint didn’t allow for a single, average-size island, so Anne and Richard designed and built two hefty end-grain butcher block islands. Having two separate islands also creates a pathway so a kitchen work triangle can be maintained. Pendants: Clemson, Restoration Hardware