Excellent suggestions. I can't do a sliding drawer there though because I want to get below that area too and the drawer would cover the access panel. Good idea though, I had thought on something like that in the past.
Agreed on the ice items.
Thanks for the input, this is where I've gotten to so far (not sure how much I like the look so far though)
Not entirely sure if I should go for sliding doors on the bottom part or proper doors. I know there was a good suggestion to put doors on if there is space available. I think there is.. for the upper area I'm still on the fence to close off that area behind the stove or leave it open like the upper shelf. I can't find very many images on the internet to give me an ideas of what looks good or practical.
Lots of thinking..