11th Street ResidenceMediterranean Kitchen, Los Angeles
What Houzz contributors are saying:
While most of HartmanBaldwin’s clients still prefer to have a kitchen island if they have room for it, some families are bucking the trend. These homeowners “are artists and wanted a long dining table within the kitchen where they could enjoy large dinner parties as well as a space to work on their art projects,” says Karla Rodriguez, HartmanBaldwin’s marketing director.Kitchen tables double as prep space. Islands obviously provide great prep space, as they often include a sink, dishwasher and trash disposal. But if you can find room for those features along the perimeter of your kitchen, you might be able to eschew the island for a central dining table that can double as a superb workstation. “For this kitchen we knew the clients would have enough workspace, thanks to the size of the table and its proximity to the cooking triangle, which gives them all the benefits of an island without an actual island,” says Rodriguez. “With today’s modern family, we find that more and more homeowners are requesting that their new kitchen design incorporate a workstation for everyone,” says Tim Campos, HartmanBaldwin’s marketing coordinator. “The simple reason: The kitchen has now become the general hub for the family, and clients want a space that also accommodates everyday tasks such as homework, crafts etc.”While eat-at islands surely offer a suitable platform, some folks prefer the warm homeyness of a central table.
The kitchen table: an idea that deserves a second look. In the tradition of the European kitchen, a table in the kitchen creates a cozy eating environment where dinner goes from being cooked to the dinner table in mere steps. By placing an ornate area rug under the table, this space feels more like a dining room than a kitchen. It reminds me of a chef's table in a high-end restaurant.
What Houzzers are commenting on:
We also played with the idea of having a large dining table in the kitchen instead of an island - and keeping chairs on one or two sides so it mostly functions like an island with seating on one area and prep space in the other. worried we might need the cabinet space you get with an actual island though.