Kitchen Layout Inspiration and a Question

You might see a few kitchen posts in the near future as we plan a remodel of ours.

I have been trying to decide on a layout that works best for our family.

Right now, we have a peninsula where the cook top is located.

In the new kitchen, I would like to change this configuration to an island, but I am not completely sure about where to place the cook top.

One option…

via kitchen design

I could have the cook top installed on the island like above.  Right now my refrigerator is located in place of the wall oven in this picture so I could leave that since I don’t have enough space in there to move the fridge as shown above.

I have gotten used to seeing the rest of the room while I am cooking so this configuration is a workable option for me.  On the other hand, I do like the idea of having more free space on the island for entertaining and eating.

The other option…


We could relocate the cook top to the far wall.  This way I could have an awesome hood and even a possible pot filler.  Of course I would be away from all “the action” in the kitchen if I were facing the wall while cooking.  I would have to move my fridge too.

Decisions, decisions…

Where is your cook top and are you happy with the placement?



  1. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    April 5, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Love the idea of the back wall with the hood and pot filler. You don't really have your back to the rest of the kitchen that much when cooking, so I don't think it would be a problem. Mine is on the back wall. I love having a big (really big) island for entertaining and using as prep cooking space. Can't wait to see what you do.

  2. Dixie Delights
    April 5, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    I'd keep the island open for entertaining!! Can't wait to see more 🙂

  3. Ron
    April 5, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    Ditto with Marty & Amanda! Keep the island OPEN!

  4. Courtney Affrunti
    April 6, 2014 / 11:25 am

    Yet another vote to keep the island open! I struggled with the exact same decision in our kitchen and have never regretted keeping the island as prep/entertaining space. Also, pot fillers are awesome!!

  5. Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    April 6, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    I would put the cooktop on that back wall next to your fridge so you can use your island for the kids doing homework, buffets, general entertaining. I had that configuration in my last house and loved it. The kids LIVED at the island!!

  6. Stacy Curran
    April 6, 2014 / 1:28 pm

    I agree, open island! But really you should do what you want, not what we think….you'll be happier!Stacy

  7. Donnamae
    April 6, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    I've got my cooktop against the wall as in pic #2…and was always able to keep track of everyone…kids included. It will be fun to follow along…and see what you do! 😉

  8. therelishedroost
    April 6, 2014 / 9:31 pm

    I love option #2 Because then you island is completely free to serve as a table or a buffets setting etc!!

  9. Natasha In Oz
    April 7, 2014 / 12:17 am

    I would definitely prefer option 2. I like the idea of having lots of open space on the bar area. It's safer too!Good luck with the renovations-I can't wait to see the end product!Best wishes,Natasha in Oz

  10. Vel Criste
    April 7, 2014 / 12:44 am

    I have mine on the island, and it's by choice since like you said, I like to be part of the 'action'. My office is across the island, and when my son uses the computer for school work, he usually needs supervision, so I can see while I cook. You have to have a super powerful vent though if you want it on the island.

  11. Vel Criste
    April 7, 2014 / 12:45 am

    I also have my cooktop counter height on the island and an eat-in bar height portion for the island, to avoid any splatter or accidents whenever I'm cooking. You can check out my kitchen to see

  12. laura Madalene
    April 7, 2014 / 7:19 am

    I love how you have decorated that wall of your kitchen. The tea towel idea is really sweet. I have used these strips on our new cabinets too and they work great. I recently added one to the backside of the valence over the kitchen window/sink area to hang an old wire egg basket. Thanks for sharing your decorating ideas. I hope you have a beautiful day.Happy Cooking Time in a Pink Kitchen

  13. Carol
    April 7, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    My cooktop is facing a wall, but I am not really standing there too terribly much, even though I do a lot of cooking. I have a large island which is void of any sink, appliance, etc., and I love that. It is such a great work surface, display area, & buffet space. Oh, you have lots of decisions to make — sometimes stressful but still fun!

  14. Sherry Calamia
    April 8, 2014 / 12:16 am

    You must be so excited to do your kitchen, that can be a real fun project. I like the stove facing the wall and keeping the island free. A lot of times the stove area can be the focal point in the kitchen. But, it is all up to you and what works best for you. Good luck deciding, I can't wait to see what you choose.

  15. Suzanne
    April 8, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    I love all your inspiration rooms. It's going to be gorgeous! My friends with cooktops on the island always complain about it. I've never had an island, so I wouldn't know. Big decisions, but exciting, too!

  16. Denise Travis
    April 23, 2014 / 3:42 am

    I is yours to do what you want with, but I am in love with the boston design (the other option). Whatever you create will make it worth it in the end to you! I think the moving and change of layout isnt such a bad thing..what works for you and your family is also just another part of redoing things to look and feel better with function. Thanks for sharing and i can't wait to see what you decide on.

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