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Zequek Estrada

It would be wonderful to have a custom built breakfast bar. I think I'd like one that had the bar at the wall. I imagine that it would be convenient for any flow of traffic in the morning. http://barspub.com/ 

   
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sal d
any hangout in or near the kitchen is rock on. the kitchen is my absolute happy place and I like it to look that way with seating, table/bar, comfy arm chair which the cat has claimed, coffee bar. i dream of having a big handmade farmhouse table stretched out iny kitchen to double as island and casual cozy eating. it is to removed for me to have a seperate dining room.
   
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Gretchen Koehler-Swaney
Love these comments! There are lots of strong feelings here and I believe the most expensive part of the house deserves serious consideration. I recently redid my kitchen in my 1990's open layout house where it feels like guests can see the dirty dishes in my sink from the front door. However there didn't seem to be enough space from one side of the kitchen to the other for an island nor was there space to put the island at the opening of the kitchen so I have my cosy table area in the eat-in kitchen. I can talk to my guests while I'm at my stove and they are at my table. My sister has a much bigger kitchen with a bar and back mangling barstools. I sit at her table.

My other house was built in the 1890s but my kitchen opens to what must have been a parlor but I use it as the dining room because there is a small counter which to me is a perfect server for a dining room. I made the original dining room into the living room because it is more separated from the house. The kitchen is large and the cooktop is on a peninsula I put counter height stools at. Behind that is that counter server thing that I put even more stools at. Behind that is the dining area where I have the table. People do congregate in the kitchen and they sit at the stools. I bought upholstered stools at 2 heights and clustered them between the counter and the server so people have options bar height, counter height and regular chairs. I often go sit in the regular chairs.

To have or not to have a bar or even an island is a personal choice and has to make sense based on your house. I'm not a big fan of cramming in any element that doesn't make sense. It would be in the way and is an added expense.
   

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