What They Did
1 | Removed a peninsula that jutted out into the center of the room. The peninsula made it hard for more than one cook to work and left space for only a small table on the other side.
2 | Took out the wall dividing the kitchen from the dining room, blending the two spaces with an open plan.
3 | Added an L-shaped island with a raised bar countertop that accommodates five stools.
4 | Moved the sink to a corner, easing traffic flow around the island. The fridge sits along the wall to its right.
5 | Located the gas cooktop and downdraft vent in the island, opposite two wall ovens, to set up work triangles.
6 | Placed the microwave in the island to give the children easy access when they want a quick snack.
7 | Maintained a minimum corridor of 36 inches (and a maximum of 45 inches) around the island to ensure comfortable circulation when the kitchen is full.