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How to Build a Kitchen Island

How to assemble semicustom cabinets and off-the-shelf parts for a hardworking island

Given that the kitchen nowadays is viewed as the center of the house, remodels are an opportunity to enhance that space with an island, a great place for working and eating. In this article, kitchen-design master Rick Gedney describes his process for building a kitchen island. Gedney says to start with a focal point and to follow the designer's plans. For the project featured in the article, the island's construction started by siting it properly under an overhead light fixture. With that point established, measure out the location of the island, based on the designer's plans. Gedney says it's best to place cabinet boxes based on middle ground, then to shim or plane other cabinets accordingly. The island in this project features an eating area defined with a plywood panel that matches the cabinets. Finishing touches include drawer and cabinet pulls, appliances, fixtures, and the countertop.

How to Build a Kitchen Island

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