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Island counter with elbow room for three generations.

To overcome the kitchen congestion problem in their three-generation household, Ann and George Wilkinson of Atherton, California, designed a remodel that has plenty of counter space for themselves, their three young daughters, and Mrs. Wilkinson's mother.

Working with craftsman Todd Dietro, they added an oversize island in the center of the room. Measuring about 4-1/2 by 12 feet, the tile-topped island is divided into areas for food preparation, cooking, and cleanup. A 5-foot-long, 10-inch-high rectangular block between a cooktop and cleanup sink acts as a backsplash and a screen, keeping dirty pots and pans out of sight from the adjacent family room.

Another sink next to the cooktop, used for washing vegetables and other foods, is just steps away from the refrigerator and ovens built into a side wall.

To encourage their daughters to help in the kitchen, the Wilkinsons built a child-height peninsula out from a wall counter. Standing between the island and family room, the 31-inch-high, 35-inch-wide surface is 5 inches lower than other counters in the room. Mrs. Wilkinson also finds it a convenient height for rolling pastry.
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