Robbing Peter to Pay Paul - Woes of Small Spaces
My partner and I are going back and forth about how deep to make the seating at the peninsula versus how deep to make the aisle. There's only 6 inches, really, to play with. Which, perhaps, doesn't really make a whit of difference. But, living in a small house does teach you that every inch can count, so I am posting here to see what people think.
Option 1 is to make the aisle in the kitchen as deep as possible. That's about 62 1/2 inches, without much of a overhang (partner's preliminary designs include 1 1/8" overhang but that's with no doors and we are using frameless). This leaves the peninsula to be 34" deep, which leaves about 9" for seating.
Option 2 is to make the aisle in the kitchen as narrow as possible and put the extra inches into the peninsula depth. That would make the aisle 56 1/2" and the peninsula seating more like 15", which I know is what is recommended for counter height seating.
Is it more important to have as deep an aisle as possible? Or, is this a workable aisle depth and should we indulge in the deeper peninsula for seating? Does anyone know how many inches are generally needed to have a 2-butt kitchen, as opposed to a 1-butt? My partner is in LOVE with deep peninsulas and is pushing hard to go that direction. I am just not sure if we really have the inches to spare...
What would you do?
The only software I have at my disposal right now will not extend the counter depth out past the cabinets, so you can't really get a good visual of this. We are working with a better software program, but I'll try to show you roughly what we are working with.
Option 1 - Deeper Aisle, Narrow Peninsula:
Option 2 - Narrow Aisle, Deep Peninsula: