A Designer's Own Kitchen
Twin islands are at the heart of a kitchen designer's own idea-filled remodeling project.
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Kitchen designer Jacqui Kranz approached the renovation of her own La Jolla, California, kitchen knowing she wanted it enlarged without adding onto her house.
She removed an interior wall, refashioned a wet bar for kitchen duty, and brought a cramped breakfast room into the spacious new plan. Then, she put two islands for cooking, storage, snacking, and fun in the center.
Wall ovens and a glass-front fireplace are but a step away from the angled-top island, as shown on the plan. The center island houses the cooktop.
A built-in cutting board was positioned for convenient cleanup. Drawers were chosen because items stored deep in the back can still be reached easily.
Kranz employed a number of strategies to maximize the efficiency of her new kitchen:
- Selected a commercial-style refrigerator for its capacity and a convenient pull-out freezer drawer. It was placed near the secondary vegetable sink.
- Slipped a pull-out pantry for dry goods next to the refrigerator.
- Ordered 21-inch-deep base cabinets instead of standard 24-inch units to allow a 3-foot pass between the island and perimeter cabinets.
- Chose an extra-quiet dishwasher because quiet is important in open rooms.
- Installed several banks of drawers, which Kranz feels are more convenient than pull-out shelves. But drawers are more expensive, and some items, such as vases, are better stored in cabinets, so Kranz also included few base units with shelves.
- Included such specialty organizers as cutlery dividers, utensil racks, and baking-tool tilt-outs.
- Lifted a low ceiling to a 16-foot peak during remodeling. The room feels bigger now and is kept cheerful with two sunny skylights.