By Adalwolfa Grob. Kitchen Island. At Tuesday, January 08th 2019, 19:53:12 PM.
Reclamation and reuse in Montreal. Reclaiming and reusing are big parts of Dominique Leroux and Anne-Marie McSween’s ethos. When working on their triplex in Montreal, they did their best to reuse any wood taken out during the gut renovation, and turned to other salvage sources too. The minibar countertop in the kitchen is made of old flooring, and the countertops came from a local Mountain Equipment Co-op store that was getting rid of them. Water from the sink feeds into a greywater system via an Envirosink in the island.
Add appliances, incorporating sinks or stovetops into the surface of the island is one way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen. Installation can be tricky, so pay attention to details like ventilation and plumbing. This will require running downward (most common in islands) or overhead venting (which can be expensive), and allocating extra space to in-cabinet pipes.
Make it multi-level. Add another dynamic by creating variation in the height of your island. Using the island for multiple purposes, like eating and food prep, will both maximize the utility and make it feel like two totally different spaces. For example, add an appliance to one level (like a sink or stovetop) and create a breakfast bar on a higher tier.