Owing largely to the trends in spacious homes outside of Cape Cod, the default fix for a kitchen upgrade is to add an island. The problem is, most Cape Cod kitchens are too small to accommodate one.
Many Cape homes, particularly those built before 1990, use peninsulas to delineate the kitchen from the dining area, to stretch the counter space and to block the view of the messy food prep.
When I renovated my Harwich kitchen in 2005, I enlarged the peninsula, widening it beyond the door frame to provide seating for three people. 11 years later, the tight little workhorse of a kitchen works well.
Our friends at houzz.com appreciate the functionality of kitchen peninsulas. Enjoy the article and photographs below. If you're in the market for a Cape Cod home this summer, you may well end up with a kitchen peninsula too.