If there is one major trend happening when it comes to Natural Stone Countertops, it is the "Family Friendly Kitchen Design". What this entails is the tremendously popular large kitchen island top that is centered in the room.
It seems that almost every new home we do these days has a large island in the center of the kitchen that sits at one level and acts as the focal point. This design not only allows for a nice, open concept giving the rooms a large feel, but it also serves several purposes:
* A large workable space for preparation of food / serving food.
* An area where family and friends can gather during a social event or holiday.
* A large surface to put bar stools for eating or dining.
If you are designing a new kitchen or remodeling your old one, you might consider this large island concept to help open up your house and provide a better way to entertain.