The main advantage of having an open space kitchen is that you can prep meals and cook or clean while still being able to interact and to socialize with your guests or your family. Of course, the system is not perfect and you might still feel isolated if for example you’re doing something at the counter while everyone else is having fun behind your back, quite literally. The solution: a modern kitchen island with a stove/ cooktop built right into it. Of course, there are both pros and cons to consider before deciding whether or not this is for you.
One of the most important aspects to take into consideration here is the need for proper ventilation. The most efficient solution would an island hood which would need to hang from the ceiling. While this would definitely get the job done, a big hood can overwhelm a small kitchen plus it will block your view of the living room.
You must also decide between gas or an electric cooktop. If you want your kitchen island to look modern the electric kind is definitely the way to go. It will look super sleek and flat, almost completely level with the countertop.
It’s also important to take into consideration the placement of the cooktop in relation to the kitchen sink, the storage cabinets, the fridge and everything else. It’s possible to also have a sink built into the island and that can come in very handy.
You can also add all sorts of storage systems to your island. You can have drawers and shelves as well as special little spaces where you can store your usual kitchen utensils, spices and other things that you want to keep close at hand while you’re prepping and cooking meals.
A kitchen island with seating in addition to the built-in cooktop can be a great option if you enjoy cooking in front of your guests or organizing this sort of interactive events. The island doesn’t need to be extra large. you can have a table extension at the back positioned slightly lower than the counter for added comfort.
There are many different ways in which to customize a modern kitchen island, not just with a built-in cooktop or stove but also with all sorts of cool accessories or clever storage solutions. Just think of your lifestyle in general and the way in which you plan on using the kitchen island.
There are numerous different ways in which to make a kitchen island with seating work for the space that you have available in your home and for your own style. Instead of a bar extension at the back of the island you might prefer a table attached to the side of the island.
Often a clear delimitation between the cooking area and the rest of the island is missing and given how most often than not a backsplash is missing too, that can be seen as an inconvenience compared to having a classic cooktop in the counter type of setup.
The cooktop can take up quite a bit of space, especially if you don’t have room for a super large kitchen island. That can leave you with no workspace for prepping, cleaning and other things. Of course, you still have your regular counter and that might work for you.
When you think about, freeing up space by placing the cooktop and the stove inside the kitchen can be a good thing because that leaves you with more room for storage and still lets you incorporate other elements in the design of the island.
Sometimes having a kitchen island with cooktop can prove to be useful and practical. Of course, that depends on the way in which the kitchen is organized and also the way in which you usually use this space.
This is a very clean and very stylish example of a modern kitchen island with a cooktop, a sink, lots of storage and even a small seating area at the end. It’s positioned close to the refrigerator and it has a ceiling-mounted vent system. There’s no down side to this configuration.