My guess is that anyone suggesting putting the stove on an island has never had a stove on an island. Once I had that and it was in a kitchen I designed and I didn’t like it at all. Think about what you wipe off the wall behind your stove. That all goes onto the floor behind the stove when you’re cooking at an island.
Once a house is built, if it’s on a concrete slab foundation, gas lines or 220 electric lines have to come from the outside somehow. At an island that’s already there and not wired for gas or 220, the stove could not be placed there or we’d be stepping over the gas line and I doubt that’s allowed — not that we would do it anyway.
I like my stove more out of the way and not in the middle of my kitchen and if we were to get House #5, I would leave the stove where it is til I saw whether or not I disliked the position. Then if it bothered me, I’d just move it over a bit — maybe a foot or so.
I doubt that’s the house we’re going to get though. It’s in the city and the taxes are higher in the city and it’s really quite a bit larger than we need and having extra room is good but it means more utilities, more insurance costs, more taxes, etc.
Vince will see the house out in the country today and hopefully he’ll see House #5 on Thursday. We’ll see what happens after that.