Post # 1
Hi there! We have a huge project on our hands, gutting our kitchen (yikes!) We’re ripping everything out and starting from scratch – We are in WAY WAY over our heads!
My question is: Since our kitchen area is so small can I extend it into our dining area so it would be one big kitchen and have an island in the center of the room with bar stools for the kitchen table? We never EVER eat at our table we usual eat at the counter top lol. I’m attaching a picture so you can get an idea of what I’m talking about. It’s the only pic I have showing somewhat of our kitchen lol Sorry for posting a group shot of me and my friends. (I’m at work and had to find a pic on facebook)
-The L shaped counter is being ripped out and the counter will extend to the window
-The wall with my cross grouping will have my fridge
-Where the kitchen table is I’ll have an island with bar stools
Opinions/Suggestions – I’m all ears!!!!!! THANKS!!!
Post # 3
My only opinion is that you can have an island as long as you have an overhanging countertop on all four sides to accomodate seating on all four sides. Also you should keep in mind that placing the island so that there is no room for a kitchen table may devalue your home. Potential buyers may have a hard time imagining life without a kitchen table.
If you have no problem with that, then go for it!
Post # 4
i design houses at my job. now-a-days they also have kitchen layout tools at home depot and whatnot to help you visualize and map out the space. going off of just the info you provided, i’d agree with mightysapphire that having the center island function as the ‘table’ as well is fine. i also agree that eliminating the ‘dining room’ space can devalue your home. but if your ok with that i’d say try mapping it out to see what you like best. here are some examples of islands that serve as an eating area as well.
i lot of it will definitely depend on how much room you have to work with.
Post # 5
This SO makes me want to gut my kitchen!
Post # 6
@MamaHusky3: Thanks for the inspirational pics! I’ll definitely check out the kitchen layout thing over the weekend. Thank you!
Post # 7
@MamaHusky3: That is such an awesome job! I totally need help with some ideas for our kitchen. Ideally I would love to put a “raised” bar on our island but keep our overhead cabinets (they are really high). To break up the back of the counter, I want to hang pendant lights along the back of the cabinets (over the bar area of the island). Not sure exactly how this will work yet but if you have input I would love suggestions.
Our home right now doesn’ have an eat in kitchen and we are fine with it but we do realize it may turn off potential buyers. I think the big island is totally acceptable these days though!
Post # 8
@caszos: i’d be happy to try and help. if you have any pics of what you currently have that’d be great so i can better understand what you’re trying to do. feel free to PM if you’d like. 🙂
Post # 9
We are going to be doing an island that doubles as a kitchen table. But we also have a huge formal dining room 🙂
Post # 10
I just saw an episode of Divine Design with Candice Olson where she did just that! It looked incredible too- the island seats 6, 2 on 3 sides, and the 4th side is work surface across from the stove. I just love her designs. Ill attach a pic for you to see- you’ll have to post pics when you’re all done!!