In late 2014, I had the opportunity to build a kitchen island for our basement. I considered it a big challenge and learning opportunity (and reason to justify new shop tools), so I built it from the ground up.
- Top: Cherry & Walnut
- Doors and Drawers: Sassafras
Preparation / Planning
Trick # 1 – Little Access to Basement
People lived in the basement at the time, so I had to do the design/planning work without going downstairs much. So, I went down once to get some measurements, then drew up our whole basement in Sketchup, and did the design/planning/building upstairs.
Trick # 2 – Load-bearing support beams in the way
We had 2 poles that were going to be ridiculous to work around. So, we hired a builder to come in and advise us how to redirect the load.
And, I had to map out the upstairs in Sketchup as well, in order to better understand load placement.
The design is completely custom, starting with a basic rectangle.
Any weight placed on the bartop area would be pulling that wall outward away from the oven. So, I had to think strategically in order to provide hidden supports that would keep the wall vertical even if excessive weight was placed on the bar.
There are 5 circuits in this island. Overkill? I love overkill. I also love the idea of my wife being able to cook while simultaneously drying her hair and vacuuming. (and 2 other things I haven’t thought of yet)
(Charity: I’m completely kidding!)