By surrounding a center island with more than an L but less than a full U, this 14x21 floor plan is able to provide long stretches of countertop space and a wide opening to the adjacent dining room.
The layout is clearly zoned, with the refrigerator and pantry forming a food-storage area, the sink and dishwasher paired for cleanup, and the range anchoring the long cooking/prep wall. The microwave is tucked into the cook's side of the island.
For casual meals, a small eating area takes advantage of window views at one end of the room. Formal occasions move to the nearby dining room, and the open space between it and the kitchen is ideal mingling space for guests.
Continued on page 8: U-Shape Kitchen Layout