Check out this rolling kitchen island. This one-of-a-kind kitchen island was fabricated out of pine with a distressed finish and a zinc top. Wheels were added to give the island added flexibility as it can easily be pushed out of the way for extra room. The pot rack gives the kitchen island extra functionality, serving as storage space and in turn, allows you to show off your best pots and pans. Furthermore, kitchen islands can be considered for extra counter space, a prep work area, and entertaining.
Lifestyle guru and businesswoman, Martha Stewart touts the advantages of rolling kitchen islands on her website in her 50 top kitchen tips “An island provides a central spot to work and eat. Martha doubles functionality and flexibility with a pair of marble-topped islands, one on wheels and one stationary. She can use one for prep work and the other to seat guests for an informal meal.” Martha says an extra bonus about the custom kitchen island on wheels is “I also push the rolling island up to the stationary buffets” for more surface area for serving.
Martha also mentions that “To be most useful, an island must be at least 4 feet long and 2 ½ feet wide, clearance of at least 3 feet all around is essential.” The pine island South Shore Millwork created is 2 ½ feet wide, by 5 feet long (pictured here).
On the Hanley Wood website “Remodeling” Morton Block, award winning designer, training consultant, author, and speaker cautions that “…island dreams can become nightmares if the island’s placement or size is inappropriate for the space. In an effort to satisfy client’s requests, many designers and remodelers ignore the fundamental clearances and distances that islands require.” All the more reason to consider the benefits of an island on wheels! Morton goes on to say that “the recommended work aisle width is at least 42 inches for one cook and 48” for multiple cooks.”
Regardless if you are looking for a rolling island, stationary island, or full blown custom kitchen, South Shore Millwork can help. Our Boston, Massachusetts area based luxury millwork company can create cabinets and other custom woodworking elements to fit any design style. Services include design, engineering, project management, fabrication, finish, delivery, and installation provided throughout New England.
Featured in Boston Magazine‘s Fall 2012 Kitchen issue
Architect: Lyman Perry Architects
Builder: M.F. Reynolds
Photography by Bob O’Connor