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mjkjrobinson

In my married life, I have had many small kitchens, I don"t want that anymore! Big kitchens are better!

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jrad055

If you can, avoid putting a sink or stove on the island bench. Then guests can sit, stand around bench without feeling they're about to be splattered by mess!! Food can be served there buffet style. Also moving hot pans from stove to sink across a passageway can be dangerous with kids, pets.

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lynnarmington

Something rarely considered regarding kitchen islands, breakfast bars and kitchen benches is accessibility. When we designed our kitchen we made what would have been a breakfast bar/island into two levels, one standing height and one sitting height which is used as an eating area. This made it easy for everyone - children, elderly, wheelchair users - because there is no need to climb onto a stool and also everyone is seated at the same height to enjoy a casual meal. We had one of our kitchen benches made a similar height as well, to be used as a work bench to sit at and to increase accessible work space. Having different heights for work benches is beneficial when selling as the increased versatility means a home that was designed just for you has a better chance of meeting the next owner's needs too.

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