I forgot all about this giant Industrial Revolution-era table that I found in Syracuse with my roommate that sits 9'L X 3'W currently in my parents garage. It has a reclaimed feeling; it looks like whoever made it used old floor boards for the top.
The table is perfect in every way, we used it all the time for eating on, cooking on, working on, for guests to sleep on.. its a utility knife of a table, not to mention it has a bottle opener and pencil sharpener mounted to it already.
I was going back and forth between the two ideas: cabinets on the periphery OR an island. I missed the island. So here you have an idea that is not fully cooked, but basically using the table for prep/cooking and dropping a gas stove into the top of it.
1. having to keep the fridge in between the window and door. It would be boxed in with oak plywood to make it appear like a giant cabinet. And the enclosure could be designed to allow cubbyholes from both sides.
2. Where's the oven? Haven't found a spot for it yet, but they sell wall ovens that would definitely fit under the stove top within the table.
1. saving money on cabinets and counter top. using something that already exists instead of buying new.
2. It creates a place to sit in the kitchen without being at the dining table
3. It could be interesting introducing a darker wood in a mostly light wood kitchen.
I'm really looking for input here!