No Island in the Kitchen?
9 Reasons to Build a Kitchen Without an Island
Over the past couple of years, we've seen huge increases in the width and length of kitchen islands.
With islands bigger than ever - and packed with more amenities from prep sinks to specialty spice racks - why are some home buyers asking us to do away with their center island?
Here are 9 reasons to build a peninsula kitchen, without an island.
1. Islands require more space then peninsulas
Smaller floor plans generally feature a peninsula, rather than island, kitchen. Peninsulas require less square footage (you only need to walk around three sides), without sacrificing storage or counter top space.
Even in homes with large kitchens, home buyers often request a peninsula design - with cabinets and counter tops on four sides - because they prefer the maneuverability of a no-island design.
2. Peninsula kitchens are more traditional
Huge kitchen island designs are a very modern feature. Traditional floor plans incorporate peninsula designs, with an eating bar or pass-through to the breakfast room and living room.
Home buyers who grew up with a peninsula kitchen are returning to similar designs now.
3. Peninsulas offer easy wheelchair accessibility
Peninsula kitchens are great for those who require wheelchair accessibility where an island could act as a barrier in an otherwise open design.
In this home, the four-wall kitchen offers ample storage, countertop, and work station space. The sink and range are roll-under designs, for wheelchair access.
4. Aging In Place design
A peninsula design can be more user-friendly, when considering aging in place design features.
Peninsula kitchens are more common in multigenerational living home plans - designed for long-term ease of use.
5. Open concept balance
Some homeowners prefer floor plans with clear dividing lines between living room and kitchen spaces.
In lieu of an island, a wall keeps this angled peninsula design half open, half closed to the living room - offering a great middle ground between open concepts and discrete spaces.
6. Peninsulas as gathering spaces
Peninsulas - similar to islands - can serve as the central gathering space of your home.
A peninsula design makes it easy to add seating in the kitchen - with a raised or level eating bar - and ample space to spread out as you cook and eat together.
In fact, it is often easier to add more seating to a peninsula design.
7. Peninsula kitchens offer flexibility
More home buyers are opting for the flexibility of a peninsula kitchen - where they can add a rolling cart when the time suits.
Carts and moving islands are a great substitute for built-in islands. They can act as a temporary butler's pantry, prep space, or storage center. Once you're done, you can tuck the island away, and keep an open kitchen space.
8. Peninsula kitchens with multiple entrances
One downside to a peninsula kitchen layout is access: some homeowners feel it is difficult to get in and out of a single entrance.
Many modern peninsula kitchens, however, include two access walkways - from the family room and dining room.
You won't be bumping elbows in this peninsula layout:
9. Built-in banquette seating
One downside to open concept homes is the lack of walls - and loss of places to add furniture.
If you love kitchens that are open to the breakfast room, a U-shaped peninsula design will offer a place to add banquette seating (without having to add a full wall).
With a peninsula kitchen like the one pictured here, you can place bench seating up against the peninsula, a round table, and chairs around the sides.
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