I would like to put in a kitchen "island" with electricity, and have 2 questions for this forum:
1. Ideally, the island is made up of mostly kitchen cabinets. Do I need to install a 2x4 stud wall by the island so that I have room for electrical boxes? (Or is there some way to avoid doing the extra 2x4 wall step?)
2. Is it totally unheard of in the USA to install 220v outlets for basic appliances in kitchens? Like many people who have traveled somewhat around the world, I find 110v power really anemic and miss what 220v can accomplish. For example, European 220v "carafes" for boiling water are just awesome! Obviously, appliances would have to work on our 60Hz power, but if there's even a chance of using such devices down the line, I'd like to go ahead and put the power in. I guess the obvious follow-up question would be, is there such thing as a 220v GFCI...
Any help is appreciated, thank you much!