Posted in Peninsula Kitchens, Small Kitchens

Peninsula Swap

published in Domino, February 2008

This Kitchen designed by Linda Woodrum, for a home in the Florida Keys caught my eye. This is what I call a creative swap. I love this! The sink and dishwasher were placed in the peninsula. In the short part of the “U” where the sink typically resides, an under cabinet convection/microwave oven makes good use of the space. Inventive and practical for a narrow kitchen.

What law says the sink has to be in front of the window? Designer Linda Woodrum has resolved a peninsula conundrum by giving the dishwasher a proper home next to the sink. The problem for older kitchens with the sink typically in front of the window, the narrow “U” prevents the dishwasher from being placed next to the sink. The dishwasher would end up perpendicular to the sink and logistically behind the sink. The narrower the space, the more awkward it becomes. Nothing is more awkward than having to back up from the sink and turn about. Or if you are not inclined to move your feet, it becomes a twist around, sort of a “bunny bend”. An awkward sway back motion with your arm and twisting at the waist to load the dishwasher. Or you could turn the tunes up, dance the Texas Two Step as you back up and load your dishwasher and make the best of it.

But for heavens sake, a sink and dishwasher go together like peanut butter and jelly. There is no law that says the sink must be in front of a window. So, if you don’t have the space to increase the footprint, consider swapping the sink to the peninsula.

Another excellent example of turning the peninsula on its ear, comes from Kitchen Designer Moorea Hoffman.

Notice the range placed in front of the huge bay window. This Peninsula kitchen is a “two sink kitchen” dream! The clean up zone has the main sink and dishwasher out of the way of the cooking zone. Notice the prep sink is in the peninsula opposite the refrigerator and close to the range. This is ideal for a kitchen to have two sinks. One for prep and the other for clean up. Function first, great layout.
These are two designers who think out side the box. Now that is a good peninsula swap!


Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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