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The Rules of Choosing and Placing a Kitchen Island

The kitchen is where we spend our time to fulfill our primary need, which is to eat. By adding a kitchen island, we open the possibility for other people to join us at our ritual. It is no longer a solitude fulfillment but also a social act.

Having a kitchen island can save us from the trouble of building a dining room too. Also, it means that the people who can eat with us are the chosen people. Kitchen island shows our trust and openness toward the people we invite. We, as the house owner, cook and eat with our hosts witnessing the whole process.

But placing and choosing the right kitchen island is not an easy task. Here are the rules that you need to know.

The kitchen island size depends on the surrounding

Kitchen IsleThe average size of a kitchen island is one by two meters. And at least there is one meter of clearance from the isle to the things nearby. A bigger isle might contain a bigger oven and more shelves for kitchen utensils, but it also means that you need more space for it.

Consider also whether your kitchen is an L or U shape kitchen. With an L shape kitchen, the placing of the isle should be in proportion to the cabinets and corners the isle is facing. With a U shape kitchen, the setting of the isle must not obstruct you when you open the shelves in front of it.

But if you do not have enough space, no need to worry, we can still figure something out:

  • Repurpose a cabinet

Kitchen IsleA kitchen isle is basically a cabinet on top of which we can prepare the meal and serve it. Cabinets are generally designed to save space and have multiple shelves, which can be beneficial if you use one as a kitchen isle.

  • High bar table

A high bar table with separate dish containers beneath it can give you the same features that a kitchen isle has, although you definitely cannot cook on it.

  • Butcher island ledge

When you see the ledge of the butcher’s store, have you ever wondered to place the same furniture in your house? Incorporate it into the wall, and you will find yourself with an isle that does not take space.

Have one primary purpose of the isle

kitchen isle3An isle can contain the dishes, appliances, an oven, a stove, and a sink. But in the end, you must choose whether you use the isle for dining and storing the dishes, for cooking and dining, or for cooking and storing.

A kitchen Isle with stools is for dining, and the other one without seats is solely for cooking and storing. The isle that has a sink is also best suited for meal preparing because you should consider how uncomfortable it is going to be for your hosts to eat near the sink.

Integrate the isle with the principal of kitchen working triangle

Kitchen TriangleThe kitchen triangle is formed by the positioning of the kitchen storage, where you get the necessary ingredients, the stove, where you cook, and the sink, where you clean the utensils. If you decide that the isle takes one or two roles from the kitchen triangle, you should think of whether that decision can affect the efficiency of your mobility.

Corrosion

Most Common Corrosion Problems and Why You Must Care about Them

The water pipe system at our house has its lifespan. Your kitchen-sink pipes will not last forever, and at some point, they will need a total replacement. Sediment build-up, high water pressure, and bacteria presence might shorten the life of house plumbing pipes.

Kitchen PlumbingThe disintegration process is named corrosion. It is the process of pipe degradation affected by the exposure of surrounding substance. And there are types, followed by the risks, of corrosion that may occur to your household plumbing pipes.

Copper corrosion

PipeWe use copper for plumbing pipes because it is the most resilient and affordable material that can withstand corrosion and chemical permeation. Household copper pipes are meant to last for around twenty years. But the water contaminants from one place to another is very different, and that explains why for some regions, plumbing service is vital.

The signs of copper corrosion are the presence of colored water near the plumbing system, water droplets on the pipe joints, sediment deposits, and bad smell from the water. Water with high copper saturation is toxic, while water with a low level of copper can tint our laundry and change the clothing’s color.

Iron corrosion

corroded pipeThe second type of metal that we often use in pipes is cast iron. It depends on your region whether your house uses cast iron pipes or not. In case you do use them, iron corrosion is prone to oxidation.

The oxygen in the water can bond with the iron molecule from the pipe, and they will form rust. Over time, the rust will blend with the water and give it the reddish color. This contaminated water, of course, is not healthy to drink. And it can cost you your clothes if you wash them with the water.

Unlike copper corrosion, iron corrosion breaks apart the pipe faster. Fissures are easily visible, and spraying leaks will mostly occur sooner or later.

Cast iron pipes are also the worst for a water heater. If contaminated with rust corrosion, the sediment can clog the water heater and make the heating process much more difficult. It will waste your resources.

Corrosion related bacteria

Heavy PipeBesides the chemical reactions, microorganisms can damage your plumbing pipes as well. Impure water contains bacteria of which the metabolic process turns the water’s pH. Both alkaline and acidic water is harmful to all metal pipes. Household water should be only within 6.5 to 8.5 pH level.

Bacteria corrosion also gives the water bad smell and taste. And you should act immediately if the corrosion has affected the entire household water supply. Otherwise,pest infestation will be more likely to occur.

But the problem does not lie on your pipes, but on the water. So replacing the pipes will not solve anything. What you can do is to report to your local water department, so that they will alter the chemical structure of the water.