looksee wrote: »
Make sure there is a place to plug in kettle and toaster where the steam/heat is not going up under overhead presses.
Have as many deep drawers as possible rather than undercounter presses that hide things at the back and you have to get on your knees to look into.
Be a bit cautious about getting all fitted appliances - they tend to sacrifice capacity in order to fit into cabinets. Especially dishwasher and fridge.
misc2013 wrote: »
Deep drawers do sound like the future! Do you mean the fitted appliances are smaller in size?
looksee wrote: »
Deep drawers are amazing - I have all my crockery in one, and its a lot of plates and bowls, and no problem with weight at all
“Roll it back”
bb12 wrote: »
i've my hob on my island which is about the same size as the one you want. it means people sit around the island chatting while i'm cooking and i also can participate with conversations throughout the room.
jrosen wrote: »
We bought new so didn’t actually design ours.
I would opt for 2 single ovens
Be mindful of ring size on hobs, our front 2 are small which means when cooking for the family I’m always needing to use the back rings. Doesn’t seem a big deal but I’m short so I’m stretching all the time.
mirrorwall14 wrote: »
Had a built in oven with hob above moving into our current house. The oven was tiny and no separate grill. When it blew last year I got the countertop cut and put a full size cooker into the same space. It was a total waste of space and I would never go with built in whenever we get to do it again in full. And big dinners are so much easier with so much space, dishes in the top oven, roasts in the main oven etc
misc2013 wrote: »
I'm quite torn on this decision. I love the social aspect and not having my back to the kids, guests. My concern is keeping the space clear and clean. I kinda want the island for extra counter space and like the idea that 2 of us can work alongside each other with more comfort than the straight counter. Also, I like the idea of a second "table space" as the sole table in our kitchen is always busy.
Can I ask what kind of extraction fan you have?
MightyMunster wrote: »
Echoing some of the points already made. Have hob and sink on the island which is much better than having your back to everyone while in the kitchen. And means you can talk to people seated at the island while cooking, prepping or keep an eye on kids (or football ðŸ˜Š )
Also 2 single ovens at eye level (pyrolytic a must have, also pays for itself in savings on oven cleaner etc...).
For extractor fan, have one in the ceiling that's vented to outside, had to build a little box for it (around 7cm) as ceiling void was too small to fit the motor.
Most undercounter storage is drawers, check out inset cutlery drawers within a deeper drawer. Also larder pull outs are great.
As mentioned previously wider drawers works out cheaper as less hinges, runners etc...
LenWoods wrote: »
Depending on design; Could your hob be taken out and put back in having rotated it to see the larger rings at the front?
Some designs may not allow for this depending where the controls are situated, ones with control on the side would be fine
BoardsMember wrote: »
How big is your island? We had been planning for either sink or hob, not both. Do you also have counter top space to cut and chop and mix etc on island as well as hob and sink and draining?
Meal prep usually takes longer than actual time stirring stuff etc. When I am cooking I might have 2 or 3 big bowls, a couple of chopping boards etc, so island with worktop space is essential. Hence was thinking about sink in island, bin below, maybe dishwasher in island too, beside sink.
Do extractor fans at ceiling height work well for island hobs? Does it matter how high the ceiling?
jos28 wrote: »
I put our hob on the island and love it because I can chat to people while cooking.
I'm another loving the deep drawers, they are brilliant.
Sockets, sockets and more sockets
My favourite thing is a 'press' I had made for the kettle,coffee machine and toaster. I store everything you need to make tea/coffee there and I put the shutter down in the evening