Except I hate hoods. I prefer the ones that are incorporated into the cooking area or rise just behind the cooking area. I do agree to keeping the over the counter top cabinets to a minimum and keeping the counter tops free of visual eye-pull also helps.
Divide & Conquer
Just like the easiest way to skimp on calories at a restaurant is to halve the portion, the quickest way to trim “fat” from the kitchen is to intelligently proportion appliances and other elements in the room, says Atlanta-certified kitchen designer Matthew Rao. If your space is limited, choose a smaller refrigerator. Sub Zero’s 700TR All Refrigerator is a tall, slim, and compact upper cabinet refrigerator that can be paneled in the same wood as your cabinets for a cool, integrated look. Don’t discount supplementary refrigeration either. Under-counter refrigeration drawers aren’t just for icemakers, cold beverages, or wine; high-end models store fruits, vegetables, and cold cuts just as well as a standard refrigerator.