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Old 01-09-2012, 09:02 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone! We are doing some renovations in our home, Husband is doing most of the work himself, we have done pretty much all the renovations/construction in our home for the past 30 years. Now we have come upon something never done before!! redo-ing our kitchen, or should I say "reconfiguring it" we have taken down a wall and are making a "great room" part dining room/part living room and we are putting in a Kitchen Island to make a separation for kitchen.

Just found out that 2 tier island is not something that can be ordered at cabinet dealer, it must be built- NEED SOME KIND OF PLANS for husband to follow. Need to know heights of 2nd tier, for using bar stools, how far to extend out, what kind of support is needed (for granite top) Can't find anything on internet!

Can someone help PLEASE!
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Old 01-09-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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Basically, you just build a wall behind the store-bought base cabinet... 5-1/2" taller than cabinet. 9" pure overhang is no problem. This, added to 4-1/2" of wall, and maybe 2" back over the cabinet gives you more than 15" of countertop. Adhesive will handle this fine.
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Just found out that 2 tier island is not something that can be ordered at cabinet dealer, it must be built...
The simplest way is to build a "box" to set the higher cabinet(s) on to.
The issues are finding ways to hide or blend in that extra 5-6"

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Need to know heights of 2nd tier, for using bar stools... 40-42"
how far to extend out 10-16"
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what kind of support is needed (for granite top)
Whoever is supplying the granite should have written standards specifying how their product needs to be secured and supported.
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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my concrete countertop overhangs 10" in 7' unsupported. Granite would weight close to the same
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Thanks to all who relied! Will let you know how it turns out!
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Old 01-10-2012, 03:19 PM   #6
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I'm not sure what you are after but here is a couple examples of what you may be after.

This one has cabinets that are 6" taller that the regular base cabinets placed in front to support a nice wide top.

1st Post here! 2 tier Kitchen Island-franchetti-windham-2-002.jpg

This one has a "wall" in front to elevate the top.

1st Post here! 2 tier Kitchen Island-moulton-pat-017.jpg

Either way will do the same thing for you. You can detail them out to suit your needs. The wall could be as simple as a 2x4 framed with drywall on both sides. The base cabinet will act as the support for the wall.

Electrical outlets mounted horizontally will fit nicely in the splash. Just be careful to lay them out very accurately. Generally thee is a 4 1/2" tall splash and the outlets need to be nice and centered to look right.

I hope this helps
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Ok, cabinets are in and they didn't come with a base (is that wrong?) anyway hubby building base, should there be an indent or flush w/cabinets?
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A 3" indent or "toe-kick" is common. Makes a nice place to put your toes while working at the counter.
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Need opinion please- ok island it directly under drop header, work area falls under kitchen side, 2nd tier bar side falls on other side- where would u hang pendant lights?? Should be over bar side right? They either fall behind header on one side or other- each way looks better from room your standing in!
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