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Lynn G

Here's another part of the plan: consider not having one. Gather around a table where you can look at each other. And you will have one less thing that looks dated in 3-5 years.

   
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Lori

I assume you are referring to islands. 1) since they have been around for over 30 years now, I don’t expect they will be outdated in 3-5 years. 2). I don’t know of anyone who has an island with seats that actually uses it for serving meals. Every house I have seen with one also has a breakfast area table and/or a dining room.

   
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Elyse

Another thing to consider is your living situation. Are you living with a disabled relative or will be caregiving in the next few years? Then you need to alter your island to fit. Especially when there are deliberating disorders like ALS and Huntington’s chorea.

   

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