Range in Island
I have always wanted a range-top in a large island overlooking the kitchen/great room. I cook a lot and with little ones and socializing I always feel like my back is to the 'crowd'. The peer pressure of our designers has made me move the range-top off of the island and put it on the back wall. I am still not sure about this. If I chop and prep on the island I will be constantly turning around to throw things in the pot (I am imagining dropping food as I do this which would be highly annoying).
Our kitchen is set up in a way that there are two islands. One with a dish sink and barstools and one larger island with a prep sink. This larger island is where I think the range-top and vent/hood should be. Other than the cost of the hood being greater (apparently an island hood is more expensive than a wall hood) I don't really understand the cons since, from a safety aspect, we should be fine.