Well, I guess the pictures probably are worth a thousand words, but I'll give a little narration anyway. First, below we have the "hole in the floor" where we had to cut through the flooring to get to a leaky pipe below it. We tried in vain to match the type of flooring that was put down. Everybody makes their flooring fit together in different ways. :(
The previous owners made optimal use of counter space. Including mounting extra counter over the stove to put the microwave on. Functional, but not very pretty. Plus a lot of wasted space there.