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. Power Grommets have allowed us to eliminate that potential hazard in a kitchen. With a power grommet, the main outlet is mounted inside a cabinet, and the grommet is plugged into the outlet. The grommet seals to the countertop surface, and you can pop- up the 3 grounded outlets with easy, efficient access. These outlets can also be used in bathroom, office, or workstation applications.
The power grommet recesses into the countertop. When needed, the power grommet pops up three grounded outlets.
The Grommet depicted above, is manufactured by Doug Mockett & Company, Inc. In addition, Hide-a-Power offers a similar, lower cost alternative. Both offer grounded outlets, and are UL Listed. Check with your local building department for acceptance prior to use. Buy a power grommet for your kitchen, bathroom, or office here! ~ select “power solutions” Check out more pictures of this post Hurricane Sandy kitchen remodeling project and see the process of existing, concept, in process, completion. Sea Shore Colonial
What a fabulous solution. Doing a kitchen remodel now that this would have solved some issues for–too late for this project, but future ones will be remembered for
Thanks Suzanne! We have used them on a few projects now, and they can certainly help.