To Island or Not to Island - That is the question!
I've been a long time lurker. Now I'm finally working on remodeling my kitchen. Although this is not our forever home, we are going to be here at least another 10 years. We like our schools and our neighborhood, and work is nearby. Our home is a open floor plan but pretty traditional. Our style is more transitional.
We are an active family of four with a bunny and the world's cutest lab mix. My husband works from home so we are fortunate to eat together every day for breakfast and dinner. We don't entertain except for the small family dinner a few times a year. (All 9 of us!). (Really that's it.) We use the formal dining room for that.
Here are the two proposed layouts. The only difference is the island. I have nor problems with the cabinetry in the U. That all works for me. My concerns are with the island vs. table.
Our kitchen used to have an island in the middle of the U. It was really in the way, and we removed the cabinet. It was a 30 x 24 cabinet. Now I don't know what to do.
Here is the 1st draft. With the rounded corners of the island and two sets of drawers in the middle.
Here's the 2nd draft with the table and chairs.
We've never had island seating before and we are used to the table. I'd like the island to see into the family room from the kitchen. It opens right into the family room. The opening on the bottom right goes to the dining room, front hall and living room.
What are your thoughts? This island will be more permanent that our last island, and I don't want to make a bad decision. We do not have it in our budget to move doors, walls or windows.
Thanks for looking.