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Friday, November 18, 2011

Power Up Your Kitchen Island

There's nothing particularly amazing about this island, but it illustrates one of my biggest pet peeves today; installing outlets into the side of island or peninsula cabinetry.  To be honest, this is not a particularly heinous example.  The outlet is on an end that's not immediately visible to the rest of the room, and the colour of the outlet is very close to the colour of the cabinets.  But wouldn't this look so much better if there wasn't an outlet in the middle of the door-design panel?

I'm completely sympathetic to the dilemma that leads to this design conundrum.  If the island is going to be one of the major work centres, you're going to want to have power nearby.  How else will you run your blender during those epic Margarita parties?  Of course a raised "pony-wall" running behind the cabinets (for a raised eating area for example) solves this issue.  But the majority of the islands I'm seeing these days are single level.  What then?

There are a couple sneaky little devices I've run into lately that may just fit the bill here.  I say "may" because depending on where you live, your local electrical codes may or may not allow the use of such devices.  You've been warned.

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From Lew Electric comes the PUFP series.  A 4" electrical box is mounted in your countertop (a model is available for tile countertops) and the trim, with GFCI outlets of course, is mounted into it.  The outlet is sprung loaded; touch it and it pops up, touch it again and it's hidden.

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If you're looking to have access to more outlets, or perhaps even a phone jack or an Ethernet connection (think home office), then the EVOline Port may be more what you need.  The Port is available is several configurations to meet your need, and simply requires a hole to be drilled into your countertop ... and open space below of course!  The tower recesses flush with the countertop when not in use.

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Regular readers of Useful Spaces will know I like to include ideas that are only at the concept stage.  The Rambler Socket is essentially an extension cord that can be hidden in the wall.  While not a perfect fit for our island dilemma, it shows another example of how power supplies are moving away from the ordinary.

Now if we could just find a way to transmit electricity throughout the home without wires ...

3 comments:

  1. Great ideas Arne. I particularly like the ideas that have outlets hidden away in the counter. Good post!
    Victoria

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  2. Arne, I am enjoying your Blog!   The EVOline® Port is available in North America at this website:
    www.evoline-usa.com

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  3. Arne,  Enjoying your blog!  EVOline® Port for all of North America can be found at www.evoline-usa.com.  Available in several finishes and configurations!

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