In almost every kitchen remodel, “more outlets” is a part of a homeowner’s needs list. Going a step further, we look to provide efficient outlets whenever possible. When designing an island, you can have a 2-tier (sometimes referred to as a waterfall) or a 1-tier island design. In a 2 tier design, the main cooking/prep area is 36″, while the seating area is 42″. This island allows the placement of outlets along the small wall between the two counter tops.
However, there are a growing number of people who desire a single tier space, to allow more surface area for avid bakers, for serving space for entertaining, or to lower the seating height for children or if a pot rack is installed over the island. The problem we had in the past, was there was not a good solution for island outlets. Mounting them on the side of the island meant that you had to drape a cord over the edge of the counter. This could potentially lead to a disaster if the cord is accidentally pulled by a child, a pet, or even an adult as they walk by. (more…)