in the household who will be using it?
This island above could have been just as easily a single level, but it's clear to me that the owner wanted not only to have folks sitting at the island, but also a sort of separation between the workspace and the eating area as well as a sort of visual barrier
in this household - so the dishwasher is mounted on the floor below the counter rather than raised up on a plinth under a raised counter which would make it easier for someone with a back injury to use without bending over...
...and there's nobody in a wheelchair here which would make a lowered counter
area. Decorative panel to view of family room. Doors to storage at sides and by feet.
Idea: keep counter raised on right side to accomodate a raised dishwasher.