We're looking at moving to a bigger house (bunch of kids). 90% of the houses I see built after 1990 have the stove or cooktop placed in the kitchen island. This island usually faces some other living space and has bar seating across from the kitchen side. So you have a stove out on the middle of the room and ether have downdraft ventilation or a vent hood in the middle of the kitchen interfering with your eye line as you look across the kitchen. I'm seeing this in new houses as well. I can't see a reason that a building or kitchen designer would ever put a stove or cooktop in this location. Besides making it hard to find a house I want to buy or committing to a kitchen remodel, I can't figure out why this is done. This is so prevalent, there must be a reason for it. Is there some advantage I'm not seeing? Would be happy to be educated on this and have my opinion overturned.