With all the attention—and
space—kitchens have been getting in
the last few years, islands have
become almost a standard feature. Personally,
I think they're great, but they
have to fit—both in their size and
placement within the kitchen, and in
the way they're used.
I enjoy cooking—either alone or
with my wife—and the island in our
kitchen is something I couldn't do
without. We have a little larger than
average U-shaped kitchen (see illustration)
with a 3x4-foot island. It's
used primarily for food preparation,
chopping, slicing, and the like.
Since the kitchen isn't a major thoroughfare
in the layout of our house,
we can get by with 33 inches between
the island and adjacent base cabinets.
This cuts down,