Our kitchen is along one end of the main room. The slot window looks west to the sunset. The challenge was to make it fit into the width of the house without an island bench. This is why the bench is double loaded, appliances and stove top at the rear, prep area right in front of the pots. The arrangement also really helps with safety. In winter, the wood stove an be cooked on and in, heats our whole house, and torrents of water.