Island or table?
I'm sure this has been asked before, but I want to know what you think if the table is used as an island much of the time, but can be a dining table, when needed.
I've been looking at cottage style/unfitted kitchens and the one thing I've noticed is that many do not have an island. I wanted a big table for my island, anyway, but another table for eating seems to be duplicating functions. I could have two or three chairs on the two side of the table that are not across from the work areas (L shaped kitchen planned).
Another chair could be at a desk area, which would open up the end of the room (by the woodstove in one corner and corner windows in the other) for a comfy seating area. Maybe two chairs and an ottoman. These chairs would not be so large, that they couldn't be used at the table, for extra seating.
So, is it ever appropriate to use a table for the island...and then move it down a bit, when it's going to be a dining table? I love the idea of a keeping room/kitchen, but an island and separate table will take up all my space.
Also, if this works, I can keep the porch as a utility/pantry area...and add a screen/sun porch across the back. Best view and great breezes in the summer :)