Peninsula with eating table (Need pics, please) Boxerpups?

bricktonApril 20, 2010

So my lovely wife picks up a kitchen magazine while I'm shopping for tools and I stumble on a photo that catches my eye. It was a yellow kitchen with butcherblock topped island with attached eating table. Instead of being a raised bar, it was a like they ripped a farmhouse table lengthwise and attached half of it in place of the eating bar. I loved the look and I like the idea of not having a tall eating area because we have (many, very) small kids. However, I went to model it in my kitchen plan to replace my raised eating bar (which is on a peninsula, not an island) and I hated it. I can't figure out what I liked versus what I didn't like, it may be as simple as the fact that the photo was an island, not a peninsula... but I don't know. I kind of like the raised bar to hide prep mess, and whenever I model the peninsula as one level it just looks awkward to me, which is odd because again I like the big ol' wide islands, but wide peninsula... eh, doesn't do it for me. So I want to figure out if this would be a good option.

So, long back-story for a request: Does anyone have a setup like this? Has anyone seen photos like this? Am I going crazy obsessing over random kitchen details because my architect is stalling? Any photos or thoughts would be appreciated.

Kitchen Layout with peninsula/eating bar in upper right:

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melissastar

Hi: I saw something similar to what you did in a magazine and liked it as well. In this case it was very wide island, with a table appended at the narrower end.

Thinking of it, I might be able to offer one possible reason why what you liked in the magazine you don't like as much in your plan. Was the table part of the island by any chance visually more removed from the working part of the kitchen, than in your plan? And possibly with more open space surrounding it?

In the one I saw and liked, all of the working kitchen was on the other side of the island. And there was a lot of open space on both sides of the table and behind it. So, the table, although physically connected to the island "felt" like it was a table in a separate dining/sitting space, connected to, but distinct from the working kitchen.

In your plan, the eating bar falls on the perimeter, but still within what is clearly "kitchen". But the drop in height from counter level to table level actually makes the eating bar seem more separated from someone in the kitchen...but not within enough space of its own to feel right. I don't know what is on the other side of your eating bar in your plan, so don't know if you have room to widen the peninsula and move your 1/2 table further into that space.

JUst a thought....

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 3:57PM
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brickton

The one I saw had the main sink in the island, but it definitely had a lot of space around it, which probably helped. I've seen the tables on the end and it never did anything for me, but something about the table running lengthwise I found appealing.

Behind the eating bar is the dining room, and I don't want to move it out into that space because we plan to have a rather large extending table there.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 10:02PM
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brickton

Can anyone help me find photos of this type of setup (high island/peninsula, lower table eating bar) please?

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 1:39PM
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jsweenc

Sorry brickton, I did a quick search yesterday but didn't have time to come back to it. I didn't find much, wasn't sure how to search to be more precise. I looked at both islands and peninsulas, tried different combinations of words and just couldn't seem to hit on the right phrase.

Here's the best I could do... I'm no boxerpups. You can see possibly why you didn't get much response, but you'd think this would be more common and easily found in a search.

Sorry no active links; I'm too tired!

http://www.builderonline.com/kitchen/new-american-home-casual-comfort.aspx

http://www.cambriausa.com/promotions/calendar2008/images/January%20Littleton%20CO.jpg

http://plainfancypr.com/DesktopModules/AGIS-Gallery/Files/fa41eed1-1d0f-40a2-b192-1c31596724f0.jpg

http://kitchendetails.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/lights-email.jpg

http://www.kitchens.it/media/5455_Penisola2.jpg

http://www.ihavenet.com/Home-Design-Clever-Way-to-Maximize-Space-in-a-Small-Kitchen.html

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 9:45PM
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jeri

Felt like being helpful :-)

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 10:23PM
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