This plan takes the L-plus-island idea and gives it a tweak by abbreviating the short leg of the L and making it even with the outside edge of the island. This creates an express lane for traffic moving through the 12x18 kitchen on the way to the family room while shielding cooks and helpers as they move among the sink, dishwasher, range, and refrigerator.
The island is a shared buffer zone, providing counter space on the cook's side and seating on the other for guests, spectators, and casual diners. A short pass-through between the kitchen and dining room serves as a butler's pantry. It includes a wine cooler and storage for bottles and glasses.
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