An L-shaped kitchen layout with an island workspace provides for maximum flexibility in cooking, entertaining and hanging out. A kitchen island is a countertop unattached to the main kitchen area, with access from all sides. The L-shaped kitchen shown here has three distinct zones, with enough space between them for free movement. The island, with its under-counter storage, provides additional space in the kitchen that can also be used as a breakfast counter. The additional island space can be designed in different ways to suit personal preferences. For example, some people would prefer to have the cooking range or the stove on the island, so that they can face the rest of the house while cooking. While some would prefer using it as a dining space that is close to the cooking area, yet exclusive.