Design a Kitchen for Entertaining
Easy prep with two islands
Two: A key decision in the design: installing two islands. "When you have one big island, it often becomes an obstacle in the middle," says the Doerrs' kitchen designer, Dan McFadden.
Two islands make food preparation easy for the host couple. One has a prep sink for washing and chopping produce. The other island's six-burner range has two ovens and a removable griddle (great for big breakfasts). A nearby warming drawer keeps multiple courses ready for serving.
Three: The 48-inch-wide aisles leave room for guests and cooks to mingle. (Recently updated guidelines raised the recommended width from 36 to 42 inches for an aisle with one cook.)