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Layout #2: The Entertaining Kitchen

Room for an oversized island.

1. Repositioning the adjacent dining room's doorway to the opposite end of the room allowed for an extra-long main wall that can hold a fridge with pullout freezer on the bottom and a triple oven — plus prep space for meals and storage for small appliances and entertaining pieces.

2. An island outfitted with a sink divides the space nicely and creates a functional work triangle between the main wall and island. It's also great for prepping and plating food for guests.

3. There is plenty of floor space opposite for guests to mingle and help themselves to food and drinks without getting in the cook's way.

4. A large framed chalkboard is a fun addition in any kitchen. It can be a spot to post the evening's menu or serve as a temporary guest book for friends and family to write thank-you's and musings. It's also a convenient spot to jot grocery lists and recipe ideas.

5. A wide open space in front of the french doors extends the kitchen to the backyard deck, letting guests wander freely in and out on warmer days.

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