Please help--conflicting advice from designers about island in narrow kitchen
I posted on here about a week and a half ago about our narrow L Shaped kitchen (18 1/2 x 11 1/2). At the time we were considering 3 different options:
1) insert small working island
2) insert island with seating 4'x7'
3) insert island with seating 4'x7' (36" between island and sink) but open diningroom wall up w archway or double doorway behind island for more space
So after talking with 2 kitchen designers who have great reputations in Boston (both came to the house to measure and look at the kitchen) and we decided to go with option 3 with a 6 foot wide opening between the dining and the kitchen. Yesterday I went to look at cabinets at place where they make their own (I have heard great things about them). I told the designer there that we wanted the L shaped kitchen with an island with seating and showed her the floorplan (with the diningroom wall with a 6 foot opening in it). She reacted very strongly the the floorplan and immediately said "you do not have room for an island with seating" and said that the best we could get would be a small working island. I asked her if that would be true even with the new 6 foot opening in between the kitchen and the diningroom and she said that we definitely don't have room for an island with seating even if that wall is opened by 6 feet. She said if we completely remove the wall (it is load bearing) we can put in an the island in with seating but it would be "very tight".
This has made me very nervous about the island with seating although after deliberating about it for 1 1/2 weeks we had really started to like the idea of it. Do you think the other designers just included one because they wanted to sell more cabinetry and granite? Or can it really be done and look and feel good in the space? One of other designers presented an option with no island, an option with a working island and an eat in table, and a 9 foot island option with no table. The other presented several variations of a 9 foot isla