Often, in an effort to make the kitchen as convenient and original as possible, the owners decide to transfer the hob or sink to the island. Or both. Let’s, together with the site Our site, figure out what the pros and cons of such a solution, with its technical and functional side.
The layout of the kitchen with the island has many features. The portal has already given you examples and ideas of such a kitchen arrangement, showed how beautiful an island can look in the interior. Now let’s talk about whether it is worth increasing its functional load by transferring the hob and sink.
There is a plus on the hob on the kitchen island – it really becomes the center of the kitchen, a home. If the kitchen is connected to the living room, then the hostess does not have to cook, standing with her back to the guests or the TV, the approach to the hob is provided from virtually all sides. This is an advantage that allows you to turn the island into a multifunctional zone, where food is cooked and served “hot and cold.”.
However, there are several disadvantages to transferring the hob to the kitchen island. All of them are related to the technical side of such a solution:
- Hood. It must be located directly above the hob, otherwise it will be ineffective. And if the kitchen island is in the center of the room, then you have to take care of hidden ventilation or somehow beat it in the interior. In addition, a massive hood-box will obscure the view of the kitchen and become too noticeable a detail. As an option – ultra-modern hoods, which are built directly into the work surface and slide out only when necessary. But they are expensive;
- If there is gas in the house, then the transfer of the hob will be associated with the call of a specialist from the gas service. Safety comes first! You will need a long enough special gas hose, and part of the floor will have to be made removable, because it is forbidden to overhaul such communications! Again, additional costs and technical difficulties;
- It is easier to move an electric or induction hob to the island, so often the owners simply refuse to use gas in the kitchen. Minus – induction hobs are more expensive, in addition, you will need to purchase special cookware.
Another disadvantage of the hob on the kitchen island, which many housewives note, is a violation of the principles of ergonomics and additional difficulties with cleaning. Imagine that the sink remains in the same place against the wall, you washed, for example, vegetables and they need to be transferred to the hob. Will splash remain on the floor? The question is rhetorical. And during cooking, oil splashes will scatter not on the kitchen apron, but on the floor. In this regard, transferring both the sink and the hob to the island at the same time is preferable, the hostess will have to rush around the kitchen less.
Moving the sink to the kitchen island also has its own technical disadvantage – communications! Sewerage and water supply pipes will have to be pulled around the room, significantly raising the floor level. In addition, in order to ensure the normal drainage of water from the sink, most likely, you will have to put a circulation pump under it, because the slope will turn out to be small. Again an additional item of expenditure.
Important! If the hob and sink are moved to the kitchen island at the same time, there must be a work area between them, do not put them directly next to. The kitchen island in this case turns out to be large, elongated. The solution is definitely not for a small kitchen.
The undoubted advantage of transferring the hob and sink to a kitchen island with a working area is that you free the rest of the kitchen space from these functions. Against the wall, you can simply have cupboards with numerous storage places, a refrigerator and a built-in oven. And that’s all. It will turn out stylishly, concisely, in the spirit of modern minimalism.
All the technical difficulties associated with transferring the sink and hob to the kitchen island are solvable, although they are associated with additional costs. You decide. It all depends on how your kitchen is organized, its size, your needs and wishes..