My brother just helped me build a shelf system in my garage that is a long low counter. We put on the 8' pre-made laminate counter from Lowe's, and it was a snap. It is very nice to have a real counter in the brewery. I do my starch, ph, and other lab type tests over there during the mash and boil, and can spread out my recipe, books, etc. It's just nice to have. Being able to close the cabinets under it (mine is only open shelves) will be nice so you can store things a little cleaner.