Kitchen / June 13, 2018 /
Add bar stools to your kitchen island, put a comfy chair in the corner or do a little demolition to get an open floor plan. Some simple additions like an island, a rolling workstation or a few extra cutting boards also make it easier for kids or friends to socialize while lending a hand. Making your kitchen a social workspace keeps you from feeling cut off from family or guests. This also makes it easier to commit to cooking fresh, healthy choices that take a little more prep instead of falling back on just add water options so you can eke out a few more minutes of socializing.
Layouts are usually dictated by the space available, but islands continue to dominate with many larger kitchens now opting for two islands. Most will have breakfast bar seating or banqueting seating attached to the island so that dining is incorporated into the kitchen area. An island or breakfast bar can also work as both a storage area and a place for dining. But less often they are used for actual food preparation. Utilise your island further by installing an appliance, the addition of a small sink or hob in your island will mean everyone can get involved with food prep.