The end wall of our kitchen looked like this:
because the previous owners had a built a worktop to go over the fridge and freezer, and we then built some shelves to go on top.
Now, due to having a big tall fridge freezer and a load of free kitchen cupboards it made sense to tear down the old and rebuild it in a more efficient, tidier way.
So, we emptied the shelves
took apart the very sturdy countertop and removed the old floppy bits of mdf covering the hole in the floor.
discovered an old water pump (possibly the previous pump for the kitchen sink) in the bilges, with a switch still mounted on a little shred of worktop
were briefly disheartened by the sight of the mucky wall and lack of floor (while Vortex relished the chance to explore somewhere dirty and dark)
but rallied and covered it all up with our free, donated kitchen cupboards
before putting the shelves back on top and relaxing in the glow of a job well done.