Twin islands are at the heart of a kitchen designer's own idea-filled remodeling project.
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 metal hanging rack keeps utensils close at hand.
A shallow, 21-inch-deep cabinet has room for a pull-out ironing board. To the right is wine storage -- convenient yet safe from heat-generating appliances.
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: