Houzz user Anne Marsden lives in a 1940s bungalow near Atlanta, Georgia. The original kitchen was a tiny galley style typical of homes like hers. She and her boyfriend love to cook — though admittedly, she does more cleaning — and often bring in food from their garden, so they wanted to design a kitchen that would make cooking together easy and efficient. The long central island was key to organizing this work area. The butcher block top provides plenty of space for two and creates an easy pass-through from one side of the kitchen to the other. Each person gets a side with its own sink to call his or her own — Marsden works on the dishwasher side, and her boyfriend gets the stove side.