A U-shape perimeter around an island is a popular kitchen layout, and the two long legs of the U in this 15x19 room are especially long, sized to keep pace with the island in the middle.
The island is practically a kitchen unto itself, with a sink, dishwasher, refrigerator drawer, warming drawer, and microwave, in addition to seating at one end. It's a great place for kids and guests to help themselves while the serious cooks work on the two long walls. One of those walls is for cooking -- it holds the cooktop and separate oven -- while the opposite wall is for cleanup, home to the main sink and dishwasher.
The refrigerator sits in a corner accessible to everyone. A beverage station equipped with another sink, a built-in coffeemaker, and a wine cooler fills the short end of the U, with an eating area off the open end of the U.
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