Breakfast nook design help
We have a pretty small breakfast area and are trying to decide which option we should go with and want to hear from others.
We have about 9 ft between the french doors to the island. The island can be made smaller if needed. At the current state, there are 4 french doors to the backyard and we will have a pool there. The pocket(sliding) door next to the breakfast area is going to a home office/playroom. We also have to consider the traffic going into this room.
Leave it as is and find a small narrow rectangular breakfast table that fits comfortably. Keep the french door operable.
Do a built-in bench by the window so that we can push the breakfast table all the way to the window side and have more room between table and island. With this option, we will have to decide if we want to keep the french door look (i.e. install non-operable french door) or just do windows above the bench. And if we just do windows, will the overall appearance be worse? Two french doors from family room to backyard, then windows in breakfast area.
Or if there could possibly by an Option 3?
We are torn between the two options and the two choices will probably end up the same cost. What are the pros and cons between the two options? With the built in bench, we will probably be more limited in our breakfast table choice but at the same time, I always like the built in breakfast bench idea.