Many U-shape layouts include an island in the center, but this 17x20 one features an island with a capital I. The large, I-shape island was designed to accommodate everything, whether a family-size breakfast or a buffet dinner. The cooktop is at one end, putting the chef in the seat of power, while the raised bar at the other end hides clutter from the adjacent dining area. The island also holds the microwave and wine cooler.
When it comes to function, the U-shape perimeter is no slouch, either. It incorporates two sinks, the dishwasher, the refrigerator, and the wall ovens in addition to plenty of counter space.