When we built our home, the kitchen was the one room that I spent the most time thinking about. It is where the family spends the most time together and I wanted it to be convenient and practical.
I looked at several kitchen island plans before deciding which style I wanted. Because I had the space, I went with a long island where we could have seating.
This is great place for my kids to be while I am in the kitchen. Many times they will eat their snacks there or work on their homework, and I like having them where I am instead of being in another room of the house.