If your kitchen is the hub or centre of your home, a Social Kitchen Concept may work for you. This involves having the 2 main kitchen work stations, your cooktop and kitchen sink, and your primary benchtop work space facing your Living areas. the Living Areas being your Lounge or Family room, Dining Area or Outdoor Living Area. The alternative which was commonly done in the past is to have the cooktop facing a blank wall, because is was easy to mount an extractor fan and have the sink facing out a window. By facing towards your Living areas when you are preparing a meal you can be involved with Family Life or Entertaining Life while working in the kitchen. Not looking at a blank wall! This is one alternative among many on integrating your kitchen into your home renovation. The high ceiling over the kitchen is both to help establish the kitchen area in an otherwise open plan and also acts as a natural chimney to venting warm air out the high windows, free air conditioning.