An L kitchen gives tremendous opportunities to make it cozy in a modern home. The kitchen has traditionally been the place where the inhabitants of a house come together. You can still see this very clearly in poorer countries, especially in places where the climate is on the cold side. No matter if you go to see Tibetan, Indian, Nepali or Kashmiri families in the Himalayas, they all have wonderful kitchens. This includes all the (often copper) pots and pans, carpets to sit on and a central low stove fired with wood or - in the higher elevations - with dried cow dung.