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ljsaeman

I didn't think we used our island much until I decided to change it! There was a half wall on the back of the island that was removed to open sight lines of the great room. The new top will have stone look laminate on a flat surface with an overhang for two counter stools. I decided to put the microwave under the counter next to the drawers and cabinet that match the kitchen cabinets. Long story short, our small kitchen will have better flow and function so, in my opinion, I would make the island super functional and leave it, because as soon as you make it smaller you will miss it....Can't wait until mine is finished! You probably use it more than you realize. Cover the top with cardboard and don't use it for a week and see. Also, I'm personally not a fan of the attached round table on the end look because that limits your flexibility and walking around that would also get old in a hurry. Best luck with all your choices!

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Corbin Dodge

@Barbara Ott

Thank you so much for posting this photo of your renovated 12' wide kitchen:

It's almost the exact layout that mine is, pre-renovation. Mine's a bit longer (12x18), but despite that difference, it's wonderful to see someone who has worked a long, narrow island into a 12' wide kitchen.

For others who face the same galley vs. narrow island predicament, here's another great example of a 12' wide kitchen with an island by @Anthony James Construction. The wall-to-wall kitchen dimensions are 12 1/2' x 17 1/2'., the base cabinets are 24”, the countertops are 25”, the island is 115" x 25"; the walkways on both sides of the island are 36”, and it even manages to squeeze in a 48" Subzero fridge. Other specifics: 9' ceilings, marble countertops:

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kayzee13

Thank you for the photos of your kitchen @Barbara Ott and for providing details of the dimensions of the room and the island. You resolved a vexing remodel issue for me. Wasn't sure a 32" wide island would be useful. I can see from your photos that it will be just fine. Wish I could fit a Sub-Zero in my kitchen, but where you have it located I have double sliders overlooking our garden and down the hill to a "lake" (in MN that = anything pond size or larger). Other than that, our kitchens are quite similar. Mine is just a foot wider. Again--thanks. My remodeling headache has disappeared.

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