It is always a challenge to try to do something in a small space. And in thinking about a kitchen that could produce large meals in a SHTF I wanted to do something that looked good with a great sense of design. I knew I had to have a good working space and had the challenge of a wood cook range on the wall to the right so I wanted to design the space to be able to cook from either the electric stove or the woodstove cook range. I settled on a U shaped kitchen that works from either side with a very large work space in the center.... Great for rolling out those pies. One other thing I did was set the island out far enough that I can serve off of both sides of the center area. You can't quite see it it this picture, but you can get right out the door to the left onto the covered porch eating area. Using off the shelf cabinets made it less expensive, but picking a good finish was key. The kitchen opens onto the great room which has a high ceiling and is tucked back under a small sleeping loft that looks over the great room. The appliances were all purchased on the "sale floor" at Lowes and I am still waiting for a good deal on a microwave to go over the stove.