One of the things we didn't like about our kitchen was the island. It was an odd shape and in one part of the kitchen we had too much space, and on the other side, we had too little. We barely had room to open the oven.
We also didn't like the big column coming up from the island. It made the space seem a lot smaller as well.
After lots of planning, looking at pictures, and talking with a contractor and designer, we decided to remove the whole island and the column.