having the center section recessed will allow for space to move chairs in the center of the room while the deeper storage at the ends will allow for larger pieces to be stored there.
Even with maple for the exteriors - you might consider a white or pale blue or green for the interiors to help brighten it
horizontal supporting members that run from wall to wall, wall to beam, or beam to beam to support a ceiling, roof, or floor. It may be made of oriented strand board, plywood, wood, steel, or concrete. The joists used to create this countertop are 2 1/4" thick, and there are 5 across to make the width.
the off centered window is a common problem in small kitchens especially in a condo/townhouse unit where you are not allowed to make any changes to the outside of the unit. i like the way you centered the faucet even though sink base is not - just to give that illusion.
shelves are supported by simple brackets though concealed shelf supports can also be used so that the shelves appear hanging.
sink off centered...faucet not. cesarstone in cinder