opinions on peninsula height for bar stool seating
In the midst of kitchen design and could use some experienced input. There will be a peninsula between the kitchen and dining room about 7 feet long. Our style is contemporary, and the openness to the dining room is intentional.The architect is saying about 3 feet deep is the maximum, and he suggested that the 12 inches closest to the dining room be elevated, leaving standard 2 feet of counter on the kitchen side of the peninsula, at normal kitchen counter height. We'd have 2-3 bar stools on the dining room side of the peninsula. There is separate bench seating at a table at the other end of the kitchen.
We'd appreciate opinions on the question of 12 inches elevated vs. 3 feet at standard kitchen counter height. Elevated would obscure the view of the kitchen counter from the dining room. But 12 inches is fairly narrow and we are concerned that it will not be too usable, especially for our two young children, who can't seem to keep dishes and cups on a standard size table! We may be able to go a bit wider, but probably not much. A 3 foot deep counter of the same height would be very wide and usable, but perhaps that would look odd between the two rooms (as opposed to in an island, where it looks just great in pictures we've studied).