With their practical use as both a casual dining spot and a place to prepare food, center islands have become a prominent feature in today's kitchens. A creative design and expert craftsmanship can also make an island a visual focal point in the space.
For this one, which was commissioned by one of our clients, I worked with a local cabinetmaker in creating a design which is sleek and streamlined, to complement the transitional look of the open floor plan kitchen and dining area, yet offers functionality within the relatively compact piece.
After the cabinetmaker framed out the island, a plumber installed a hand sink and a gooseneck faucet. With the tap mounted directly on the faucet, and an added dish soap dispenser, the countertop can easily be kept free of clutter. An overhang on the granite counter provides a place for dining.
The island was constructed with red oak purchased at Stonewood Products. The granite - a single slab so that no seams were needed - came from Cape Cod Marble & Granite. I encouraged our client to work with local suppliers which allowed them to see the unique materials prior to purchasing them. Two coats of Aqua Borne Ceramic acrylic urethane in a matte finish protect the wood and highlight its rich grain.
Our clients were thrilled with the end result of their kitchen island which, even after years of daily use, is still in pristine condition.