Three years ago John and his family moved into a new home in Newport Beach, California. While the kitchen was arguably very nice (if not their style), these avid entertainers were frustrated by how the space was awkwardly divided into a kitchen and an eat-in dining nook. The island cut the kitchen in half and made it much smaller than it could have been.
To remedy this, they removed the existing island and added a new 13-foot island right down the center of the kitchen, which created a ton of extra storage and made the area into one big entertaining space — with new finishes and details, too! See what it looks like now: