Keeping things centered (part one)

Posted: January 26, 2009 in Construction, House, Projects

Our kitchen is pretty big, it’s one of the many things we love about our house. One of the issues, however, is that it feels like there is wasted space, especially considering that the counter space is pretty limited. It’s ironic that with such a large kitchen there is only about a 5’x4′ space to do food preparation.

When my parents were renovating the kitchen area of their house mansion they were getting rid of the butchers block that was there. We carted the butchers block home thinking it would make an excellent top to a center island.

Fast forward three years. We’ve lived with our kitchen for quite a while, but finally we’re to the point of correcting that issue with the lack of counter space. Over the weekend I carted the very heavy butchers block up from the basement (I’m going to guess that the thing weighs 90-100lbs), and put it on a pair of saw horses so we can decide if it’s the right size.

The butchers block is 3’x5′ and it didn’t take long for us to decide that although we could live with it at that size, it’s probably just a few inches too wide and long for the space.

So, even though we’re not quite done withe the baby’s room, and we’re not even close to done with the living room and dining room, I begin a new project, constructing a center island. I’m even going to try the ambitious task of constructing a base for the butchers block.

As with most projects, I’m sure in the end it will look great, the question is, how long is the road to get there?


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