Peninsula or island?
I'm busy building my own house, and have pretty much laid out the kitchen, but am undecided which is better for our lay-out; peninsula or island? There are drawings of each below. The window locations are set, and the larger (clean-up) sink and range locations are pretty much locked in. What I hope to create is a separate work area for cooking, which incorporates the refrigerator, prep sink, prep corner, and range. Clean-up happens on the other side of the kitchen. The kitchen is fully open to the adjacent dining room, and further over, the living room, with vestigial walls serving to delineate the separate rooms. With the peninsula, I envisioned friends sitting at the peninsula chatting with the cook(s). I don't think the island would work well for that due to the limited room, but I would gain additional counter space. In both options, the peninsula/island is 3' X 7'. We both cook, but are near retirement, and only entertain in small groups; maybe 8 people at the most; usually less. Thoughts?