Home Home Decor Shopping on a Budget: This style cooking island is just what I need in my 1926 farm house kitchen that has an open kitchen/dining room layout. The positioning of the stove allows the cook to interact with his guests while he is preparing the meal. The raised bar is great because (a) it “hides” the cooking area (b) provides an additional seating area (c) provides extra space for a “buffet” area!