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Spencer Marchand

Usually our first point of discussion with the client is that sinks can be messy areas, so we'd usually try to avoid this. If breakfast bar stools are a key factor on the island, having the hustle and bustle of 3-5 pans on the hob, with potential for sauces to spit up and out of the pans also leads to the thought of avoiding the hob on the island too. This also creates a more practical solution for ducting to outside walls. So then comes the question.......'why were you thinking of the sink or the hob on the island anyway?', to which most clients say 'I love the thought of looking into the open plan space whilst cooking, it's more sociable'. This is where we would ask them to question this. Most of the time in the kitchen is usually spent chopping food, preparing ingredients, and plating-up, all of which isn't as noisy or unsociable as loud running taps or bubbling greasy pans. So quite often in our designs we intentionally leave the island free for worktop only. The sink and hob being situated away from the island leaves it clean, neat and tidy all the time whilst you can interact with your family or friends. I hope this helps?

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Becca Cadbury Design

Thank you Spencer, very helpful.

Just not sure if there's enough workspace along the wall for both sink and hob, like the idea of a clear island though...

   
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Spencer Marchand

No problem. I think in that case it's talking to the client in depth about the pro's and cons either way. If the hob is on the island there may be less mess when dirty plates gather up - but it may be a hindrance if you have bar stools near by.

Likewise, if there is a utility near by putting the sink on the island might not be so bad. Could stacks of dirty plates and soaking pans be done in the utility to minimise mess and impact on the kitchen island.

Those type of things would be the things I would ask our clients to consider.

But good point, you cant always have both sink and hob on the outside runs :-)

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