It is best to consider the fact that you need the greatest amount of space for your preparation activities in making the new or updated design for your kitchen. Place the three major kitchen components (ref, stove, and sink) in a triangle, as the classic work-triangle concept suggests. This way, you can still have time to entertain, mingle, and to relax yourself and also get things done. You might not want to tell the guests that they’re getting in the way. A kitchen island or a small dining nook is also another solution. While you do your thing, this shall keep the hang-outers comfortable at the other side of the kitchen and at the same time, it keeps them just around you for chitchats.