Kitchen island house plans offer homeowners extra prep space in the kitchen. For parents trying to make lunches, afternoon snacks, and breakfast all at once, extra prep space could be a blessing. Likewise, a married couple or single professional who regularly entertain guests will enjoy the extra space on which to prepare hors d'oeuvres and mix drinks. Whether you’re a parent or a frequent entertainer of guests (or both!), consider a kitchen island house plan that also features an attached snack bar (sometimes called an "eating bar" or "serving bar"), as this affords extra prep space as well as additional seating. An open floor plan is another popular feature to consider, as this type of layout ensures that whoever is cooking dinner can still interact with the main living area's activities.
For an extra spicy touch, select a home plan that features a cooktop island, a large curved island, or a double island. For the chefs (or wannabe chefs) out there, also consider other cool kitchen amenities, like double ovens, walk-in pantries, butler pantries, breakfast nooks, and luxurious vaulted ceilings. Some house plans also offer outdoor living space off the kitchen—like a porch or patio—through which natural light can be absorbed and/or a scenic view enjoyed.