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  • Creating the Perfect Kitchen For Entertaining


    Creating a kitchen for entertaining will bring people together for some food, fun, and laughter. With the perfect kitchen design, the host can easily invite friends and family for a pleasant get-together right in the home kitchen. Designing a kitchen for entertaining requires a space to accommodate several people, where the host and guests can enjoy and use the kitchen at the same time. Check out how even the smallest spaces can be used to create an entertaining space.

     

    Organized Storage Elements: First of all, a kitchen fit for entertaining and hosting must be well organized. Therefore, it is best to include storage elements which enhance the organization of the entire kitchen, such as pull-outs to keep pots and pans, pantry pull-outs for food items, or even concealed wall storage to keep smaller appliances. This will not only keep the kitchen tasks organized, but it will also make the space appear clutter-free. A clutter-free, organized space gives allows the user to have a much more enjoyable time while entertaining within the kitchen.

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    Open Floor Plan: An open-concept kitchen simply communicates entertaining. The design exudes an informal atmosphere and allows plenty of guests to gather around the host within the kitchen. The open floor plan is integrated into the rest of the home and makes a space look more inviting.

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    Established Work Zones: Creating an entertaining kitchen design commands established work zones: where the prepping takes place, the cooking takes place, and the cleaning takes place. If these basic areas are designed well, then the kitchen is party-ready and everything will run smoothly. Well-planned zones allow for multiple people to access different areas of the kitchen while being entertained and catered to. Each designated zone can come with ample storage to include the necessary and required appliances within the specific area.

    Accessible Beverage Station: Some version of a bar or beverage station, no matter how small, is essential for entertaining guests at home. Include a small space within the kitchen for stemware, cocktail glasses, and maybe even an expresso machine with plenty of teacups and coffee mug for guests to access and pour their own concoctions as they please without disrupting the remaining kitchen flow. The beverage station, again invites individuals into the kitchen, allows people to gather, and creates that entertaining atmosphere.

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    Maximized Seating: Finally, the kitchen space should have an elegant seating area. Seating encourage guests to sit and stay for a bit within the kitchen. Whether it is stools around the kitchen island or around a small kitchen table. Seating allows for guests to move around freely and join the host while still being in the kitchen.

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  • All About the Breakfast Bar in the Kitchen


    Many of the previous blogs have discussed the idea of adding an informal social space in the kitchen. In countless movies and shows, we've seen people sitting with their morning cup sitting at the kitchen counter. This informal counter space or the breakfast bar is becoming more and more popular in Indian homes. As homes and family sizes grow smaller, the home is becoming a more informal space rather than a formal space. Adding a breakfast bar gives the kitchen a very casual touch, and adds some immediate convenience in the morning hustle 'n' bustle. Below, check out how to get the ideal breakfast bar in your kitchen.

    Defined Space in the Kitchen: The first step to starting a breakfast bar is to define the particular space which will be the designated for informal sitting. Depending on the kitchen layout, either it can come in the form of a kitchen island or a counter attached to one side. With a breakfast bar, cabinets and storage can be added to the inner or working side of the kitchen; and the other side can be the social side where there is seating and the counter is at bar height for anyone access.

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    Fun Stools: Once the space is set, the next step is the seating. Since the counter is at a normal bar height, bar stools are ideal. They are comfortable for sitting at the counter and can be tucked away when not in use. The tucking away gives more moving room in and around the kitchen without running into anything. With stools, one can get extremely creative and have a unique color or design to add some personality.

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    Natural Light: Keep this part of the kitchen area well-lit at all time. Ensure there is natural lighting and enough pendant lighting for the evening. Since the space is a social area, it should be highlighted with enough lighting to create that welcoming atmosphere within the kitchen.

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    Legroom: The breakfast bar should comfortable place for people to gather at all times Ensure there is enough legroom to move around and prevent your knees from bumping against the counter top or getting crammed underneath the counter.  Whether it is a quick breakfast or a long meal, the breakfast bar should keep you sitting for a long time.

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    For your kitchen, consider a breakfast bar for a more casual touch in your home. It is a great place for family members to gather and socialize at any hour of the day. Add this social space and give your home that contemporary touch.

  • Eat-in Kitchen vs. Separate Dining Room: What Works Best for You


    One of the main questions involved in designing the kitchen is whether or not the kitchen will include an eating space or not. In deciding this, the most basic question to ask is how meals are eaten on a regular basis: whether there is a designated sitting space or everybody simply gathers around one area; every family is different and has their own requirements on whether or not the kitchen should be an eat-in kitchen or there should be a separate dining room.

    • Dining Rooms: In today's homes dining rooms are still popular, especially where homes have a staff working in the kitchen. The dining room is used as a separate space for the family to gather for a meal. In India, most homes have some help at home for the kitchen tasks. Therefore, many homeowners opt for having a separate dining room. In many homes, the dining room is used only for formal meals or larger groups of people, and the kitchen is used as an informal eating space. Nevertheless, there are quite a few advantages and disadvantages to having the designated dining room, which are given below.
      • Advantages:
        • Peaceful place to eat, away from all the cooking noises and mess
        • Allows the user to relax and enjoy the meal, rather than looking at the mess created during the meal preparation
        • A great space for when guests or relatives visit for a meal
      • Disadvantages:
        • Requires more space in the home which can be used for other purposes
        • The kitchen user is away from the social activity while conducting tasks
        • Risk of being used as a "junk room" when not in use. Sometimes an unused dining room is used as a place to store random items rather than for the purpose of eating together.
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    • Eat-in Kitchen: An eat-in kitchen is where the kitchen is either combined with an eating or a dining area is placed inside the kitchen. In Indian homes, the idea of an eat-in kitchen is a growing trend, and is increasing by the multi-fold. The average household is becoming much smaller, and the kitchen is now being viewed as a place for the family to gather, catch up, and socialize. Therefore, the general home setting is becoming much more informal, and the overall floor plan is open, where the kitchen space is a part of the main living area. The eat-in kitchen, which is associated with the open floor plan has its own set of advantages and disadvantages:
      • Advantages:
        • Better traffic flow fore moving in and out of the kitchen area
        • More socializing while kitchen tasks are being done
        • Great way to watch over younger members, while prepping meals at the same time
      • Disadvantages:
        • Lesser storage due to combining the eating and the kitchen area
        • Less Privacy
        • Kitchen messes are constantly visible and kitchen smells can travel through the house.
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    Choosing to have a separate dining area of an eat-in kitchen is dependent on the lifestyle of the homeowners and kitchen users. Each style brings its own set of character to the home and has its own charm. In considering your kitchen design, contact us for deciding the perfect solution for your lifestyle!!

  • Best of Both Worlds: Combining the Open & Closed Kitchen


    The previous blog post discussed the ongoing debate of open versus closed kitchens. Many contemporary homeowners face a constant confusion of which style to include in their home. While the previous blog discusses the pros and cons of each type of kitchen, many homeowners still see advantages of both styles for their home! For this type of consumer there is a solution: combining both open and closed, having the access and ventilation that comes with an open kitchen and closing it off when necessary. There are actually a variety of ways to combine both styles, and it can really add to todays homes.

    Sliding Doors: One option is to incorporate sliding doors, where your kitchen can be opened or closed as you please. The sliding doors can be hidden into the wall when not in use and then they can be pulled out easily when required to close. This allows the kitchen to be open or closed. For example, for everyday use it can be open, and when you want visitors, kids, or even pets out, then the kitchen can be closed.

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    Glass Partition: Instead of a solid door, one can also consider a glass partition to separate the kitchen, yet still make it appear accessible to the rest of the house. Through the glass partition, one can ventilate the kitchen by letting natural light entire the area through other parts of the home, and also keep the sounds and smells within the  kitchen area. A glass partition emphasizes and highlights the modern kitchen design, and still keeps the users involved in the home activities while being in the kitchen.

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    Translucent Door: Another option going along the same line as a glass partition is a translucent door. The translucent door is perfect for those who wish to close off the kitchen but still want the open feeling and light. When the door is shut, it will be block out the cooking smells and appliance sounds without appearing that the kitchen is completely separate from the rest of the house.

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    Closing off the Most Action Area: Rather than closing off or having a partition for the entire kitchen, another option is to close off the part of the kitchen that has the most action, mainly the sink or cooking area. Typically, in these layouts the cooking area is closed off to keep the mess and smells in one place while the remainder of the kitchen is an open design. This way one can hide the mess, confine the smells, and muffle the noise without compromising on any household interactions.

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    Add a Half Wall: A half wall shows parts of the kitchen, yet creates that desired separation. It hides most of the working surfaces, ultimately hiding the mess, and it allows the user to mix and mingle with others outside the kitchen. The half wall area becomes an interaction point, without having any extra bodies within the kitchen space.

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    Raised Platform: Another way to get privacy is to raise the height of the end of the kitchen to keep the work area less visible. For example, if the kitchen has an island, add a raised platform to the outside edge of the island. That way, when the kitchen is being used, any onlooker can simply lean on the edge without stepping into the personal space.

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    Quieter Appliances: For those who prefer closed kitchens to reduce the noise in the house, they can consider investing in quieter appliances. There are a variety of noise-free appliances that can easily do the job without creating that undesirable ruckus.

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  • Open vs. Closed Kitchen-Which Style Works Best For You


    Everywhere we are seeing that open kitchens are all the rage in today's homes. Although the concept of an open kitchen is becoming increasingly popular, it does not mean that closed kitchens should be completely ignored. In fact, the process of deciding the best kitchen for your home should start with your lifestyle and preferences. Both types of kitchens come with their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, and each type is chosen to match the homeowners' practicality and lifestyle.  Discussed below are the pros and cons of both types of kitchens: open and closed. Use them to assess the right kitchen for your home.

    Open Kitchens: The open kitchen is integrated into remaining rooms of the home. Typically the kitchen is visible from the living room and the dining room. This kitchen design has fewer walls, and it is becoming more popular amongst nuclear families in Indian metropolises. In open kitchen homes, the kitchen is a very social and interactive space, where family members are spending time in the kitchen.

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    • Pros
      • Naturally Brighter and better ventilated
      • Kitchen user is able to be involved in other home conversations and     events while being in the kitchen
      • Open kitchens give an informal atmosphere to the home
      • Open kitchens  making the room or home look bigger
      • With the aromas of food, a family's appetite increases
      • It is perfect for younger families, where kids can be supervised and kitchen tasks can be conducted at the same time
      • Can add to the overall home decor

     

    • Cons
      • Can lead to guests wandering into the space
      • Hearing the sounds of appliances working (dishwasher, grinder, chimney, etc.)
      • Needs to be functional and aesthetic at the same time
      • Becomes a place to entertain

     

    Closed Kitchens: Closed kitchens are where the kitchen is a separate room or enclosure, almost isolated from the rest of the house. Usually these kitchens are behind a door, and it is an area of its own. The kitchen is a simple, functional space to get tasks done quickly. Closed kitchens are seen in many older and traditional style homes. However, many contemporary homes still go for the closed kitchen for its many benefits.

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    • Pros
      • Closed kitchens are perfect for those who prefer privacy while conducting tasks.
      • Closed kitchens are ideal to keep the noises, distractions, and interruptions within a confined space.
      • They are perfect for keeping any onlookers out of the space, and when guests are over any mess can be left within the kitchen.
      • With the increased number of walls, closed kitchens have more counter and storage space, and more room for placing appliances.
      • Closed kitchens keep all the aromas confined within a single space

     

    • Cons
      • The user will be unable to participate and other activities while conducting kitchen tasks.
      • Lesser access of natural light and air circulation

     

    Both styles of kitchens have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Today, both types an reflect the contemporary home's lifestyle and decor. However, both styles of kitchens can easily be combined. For that, stay tuned for the next blog!

  • Advantages of Open Shelving


    Open shelving is a popular design concept we see in many modular kitchens. Complementing modern design, open shelving is becoming  more common as a contemporary storage option for today's kitchens. In fact, many of the previous blogs have highlighted open shelving as a contemporary design concept. While considering open shelves for your modular kitchen, check out the benefits below to help decide whether or not open shelves are for you.

    • Storage Options Compared to Cabinets: Wall cabinets can be slightly restrictive in terms of space, only allowing a certain size or amount of items within the given area. Depending on the height they might also be difficult to reach, especially for the smaller individuals. However, open shelves are more continuous, providing a little more flexibility to arrange your items in a practical, yet creative way. Due to their structure, any user can arrange and reach for their items very easily while using the kitchen.
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    • Space looks Bright, Open, and Inviting: As mentioned in many previous blogs, open shelving creates an open and inviting look in the entire a kitchen. Especially in a smaller kitchen, the boxy look of continuous wall cabinetry can make a kitchen look small, dark, and constricting. Since open shelves are typically a single line along the wall, an illusion of a more open kitchen is created. More light flows through the kitchen, and it also creates a more inviting environment. Even when homeowners have guests visiting, the open shelves create that welcoming feel where anybody can simply grab and use the items on the shelves without any formalities.
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    • Easy to Organize: Due to the open nature, all the items are more visible making everything much easier to organize. Everything has a designated spot and any user can easily see where and how the items are placed. This is often a welcome change compared to conventional wall cabinets which require a user to reach further back to organize and visualize their items.
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    • Cost-Effective: Open shelves are a great economical option for those who desire new wall cabinet storage. A conventional cabinet requires manufacturing, time, and installation of placing the entire box correctly in the kitchen. But an open shelf takes less time and is much easier to install than the actual cabinet. Therefore, when to revive an old kitchen or get a new kitchen, consider open shelves as a more budget-friendly option!
    • Display Collections & Decoration: Open shelves allow a user to get extremely creative with the overall look and feel of the kitchen. One can use open shelves to display collections of pretty dish-ware in a unique and interesting way. The user can have a lot of fun by displaying some fun colors and designs to bring some life to the overall kitchen.
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    Overall, open shelves have some great benefits in the modular kitchen design. With the convenience it brings in storage, organization, and cost they are a great design option for the contemporary kitchen. Nevertheless, one thing to keep in mind is that dust tends to collect faster, so these shelves require more regular cleaning than closed cabinets. Because everything is on display, open shelves also require a user to be a bit more organized, as the items on open shelves will affect the general kitchen aesthetic. Frequent cleaning and simplistic organization are the two aspects to consider while adding open shelves to your kitchen. However, definitely consider them and even test it out by removing the cabinet shutters to get a feel for open storage. See if you love it or hate it, and if they're not for you, simply put the shutters back!

  • Acetech 2015: The Green & White Kitchen


    As many of our posts have stated over the past weekend, ModSpace.in participated in Acetech 2015 Delhi in Pragati Maidan. Acetech is the largest exhibition in construction, design, and architecture in Asia, where over 2,000 exhibitors display their products. Over the course of 4 days, ModSpace.in had a stall in the central-most location of the entire exhibition, displaying three kitchen designs, three wardrobe designs, and one entertainment unit. Below, is one of the kitchens that was displayed at Acetech Delhi 2015. In fact, a smaller version of this kitchen was used by the celebrity chefs at Delhi's Palate Fest 2015, and it was an instant hit. For details about the specifics of the Palate Fest Kitchen, you can view them in our previous blog post.

    Color & Finish:The first kitchen was a bright green and white kitchen in a laminate finish. Located at the very front of the stall, the kitchen was easily noticeable and drew people towards the stall itself. Elements of white and green were mix/matched in the cabinetry throughout the entire layout, making the kitchen really stand out! Rather than having a solid color on top and a solid color on bottom cabinets, the white and green colors were placed sporadically throughout the kitchen design, creating a color block effect in the kitchen itself.

     

    Layout: The kitchen layout was an island kitchen with cabinetry along the back wall. In fact, only the island of this kitchen was used by celebrity chefs in Delhi's Palate Festival. More details about the Palate Fest Kitchen can viewed in our previous blog. For this exhibition, the layout was given a more practical design with a wall full of kitchen cabinetry. The overall layout spread out the work triangle, with the sink and hob  on the island, and space for a fridge on the other side. This layout is very open, and can allow users to interact with others while working in the kitchen.

    The island consisted of cabinetry on one side, and open shelving on the other side. The open shelving is an ideal place to add to kitchen decor, store any dishes, or to display cookbooks. The closed cabinetry was on the side for the user to access any necessary items while using the stove. With plenty of counter space on the island itself, any user is able to spread themselves while using this kitchen. The cabinetry included plenty of shelving space for the user to store their items. The island also included space for placing an oven in the layout itself, without taking up extra floor or counter space. The island, itself, had plenty of key features which are standards in the ModSpace.in Kitchen. The key features of the island are listed below.

    • Two Bottle pull-outs: Located on either side of the hob, the bottle pull-outs consist of two racks, perfect for storing any bottle-related ingredients, including your cooking oils, seasonings, spices, and other ingredients. In fact one bottle pull-out can be for liquid ingredients, while the other can serve as a spice rack!  
    • Cutlery Tray: The first drawer below the stove includes a cutlery tray, allowing to organize your cutlery neatly. This will make it easy for you to see and access whichever utensil you need while cooking.
    • Wicker Basket: The wicker basket was also a feature in the Palate Fest Kitchen. It is perfect for storing any vegetables needed for cooking. A user can simply pull out the basket and access any necessary ingredients while using the kitchen hob.

    Across the island is more kitchen storage and cabinetry that is running parallel to the island. Backed up against the wall, this section has plenty of storage to keep all necessary items. It has tall unit storage on either side, with plenty of counter space in between. Along the counter, there is plenty of floor and wall storage. The key features of this section of the kitchen are given below.

    • Pantry pull-out: One of the tall units includes a pantry pull-out, which is an extremely space-saving and efficient way of storing all types of items, especially accessible snacks and dry foods.  
    • Aventos HK: To break the monotony of conventional cabinets, this ModSpace.in kitchen has Aventos HK right in the middle of the wall cabinetry. Rather than the shutter opening in front of you, Aventos HK opens upward, allowing you to have the shutter out of your way while accessing your items. There is plenty of shelving to store your items.  
    • Grain Drawer: The final key feature is a grain drawer, which is a wide and deep drawer, perfect for storing all your grains, such as rice, lentils, or even bread.  

    This ModSpace.in kitchen provides plenty of storage for all necessary items. The storage-friendly solutions are designed for the user to organize their items in the most efficient way, without taking any extra floor or counter space. Like this kitchen? Give us a call! 91 7042 335104

  • Open 2-wall Kitchen: The L-shaped Kitchen


    What is it

    The L-shaped kitchen is a 2-wall layout that is built into a corner and it provides an extensive and ongoing working platform across two perpendicular walls. This layout is extremely spacious and multiple users can access the kitchen at once.

    Why should you use it

    • Kitchen is spacious
    • Flexible in terms of size-it can be as small or as large as you'd like
    • Very open design, complements the open-living homes
    • Ideal for multiple users to spread themselves
    • Perfect for those who frequently entertain and invite guests over
    • Extensive counter space
    • Works with any style: contemporary, rustic, modern, traditional, etc.

    Tips and Tricks for the L-shaped Kitchen

    • Don't want the continuous space? Break up the "L shape"
    Broken L-shaped kitchen with an island Broken L-shaped kitchen with an island
    • If your kitchen space is large enough, add an island or a dining table for extra seating or work space.
    L-shaped kitchen with an island that serves as more counter space and extra seating!
    • Keep your hob and sink on two different walls to spread your work space!
    • Mix up the colors and textures in your kitchen: add backsplashes, or lighter flooring. Don't go monochromatic!
    Monochromatic kitchen
    L-shaped kitchen with elements of color, especially the pop of green in the island. This color scheme is giving the kitchen some character

    Space Organization 

    Space organization of the L-shaped Kitchen Space organization of the L-shaped Kitchen

    Color Key

    Yellow=Consumable Food Storage

    Blue=Cooking Zone

    Red=Preparation Zone

    Grey=Appliances

    Green=Cleaning Zone

    Purple=China & Cutlery Zone

    Organizing a the L-shaped kitchen is a fun process. This layout is a very open design and allows for plenty of storage and counter space.   At ModSpace.in, we walk you through the design process from start to finish. Below we have outlined the overall space organization of the L-shaped kitchen. Each type of unit is organized by color and explained below.

    All of the yellow represents consumable food storage. Any ready-to-eat packets, cereals, dry food items that require cooking are placed in these cabinets.

    • The first consumable food storage unit is represented as a pantry pull-out next to the microwave and oven. The placement of this unit is so all snacks, dry cereals, ready-to-eat packets, or even waffle mixes are easily accessible to all foods. This is food storage for the non-refrigerated items.
    • The next placement is the wall cabinet next to the kitchen chimney. This place is ideal for any tea or coffee one might be interested in drinking. It can include the tea kettles, your tea bags and tea leaves, coffee mixes, and coffee capsules as well.
    • Consumable storage is also suggested underneath the stove for all items that do not require refrigeration, but they do require cooking, such as lentils, rice, or other types of grain. The placement underneath the stove is recommended because the stove is the first step in getting these items cooked!
    • The final aspect of consumable food storage is placed next to the hob and cooking zone. This cabinet can have sliding wire baskets inside, perfect for storing any vegetables or other ingredients that do not require refrigeration, but are necessary in cooking (e.g. potatoes)

     

    Purple represents all storage of china and crockery. All items for food consumption or serving food can ideally be stored in these cabinets.

    • The first point of storage is right above the microwave and oven. It is perfect for storing microwavable and oven-friendly containers. For example, if you are serving baked lasagna or vegetable in a glass dish, you would find the glass dish right above the oven to use for baking! 
    • The next point of crockery storage is right next to the kitchen chimney. This cabinet is ideal for storing your serving dishes and bowls. Once you are done cooking your food, you can easily reach to the adjacent cabinet, take out a serving dish, and serve your food, without moving all over the kitchen!
    • The cabinet next to the dishwasher is perfect for storing the less-frequently used serving dishes. The dishes and casseroles that are only taken out for special occasions or entertaining. This corner cabinet is tucked in, and almost out of the way, making it the perfect place to store your less-frequently used items.
    • The final crockery cabinet is intentionally placed right above the sink. Once you are done washing your dishes or unloading the dishwasher you can simply place them inside the cabinet. Since the sink is the final place the dishes end up before storage, it is ideal to ensure your crockery storage and sink are in close proximity. Right next to the cabinet is open shelving for daily drinking cups, such as water, juice, etc. Since these cups are used so frequently, it is ideal that they are placed conveniently for all users to see and access.

     

    The grey cabinet placed right below the oven is perfect of storing all non-cooking appliances: such as a food processor, blender, or even a waffle-maker. These items are necessary for creating food or adding to cooking, but they are not needed all the time and definitely not needed on the stove. Since it is close to the oven, it is also ideal for storing any baking molds, such as muffin molds or other cake molds. Once you've accessed a cake mix from the pull out pantry, grab the egg beater from the cabinet below the oven, make your mix, grab your mold, place the mix, and put in the oven! All without running around your entire kitchen. 

     

    The red represents the preparation. As seen in the above images, it is placed near the cooking zone, and is meant to include all elements that are necessary for cooking.

    • The zone next to the cooking range is perfect for including the cooking ingredients, such oils, spices, and other seasonings and cooking cutlery, such as wooden spoons and spatulas. It is placed next to the hob so it is easy for you to reach and access while working at the stove. 
    • The final placement of the preparation zone is below the kitchen hob, which is ideal to hold all your cooking pots and pans. You'd simply reach down, take out what you need, place it on the hob, and start cooking!

     

    Blue is your cooking zone, including your chimney and hob. Ensure that you have plenty of counter space on either side to place all ingredients within easy reach.

     

    The green signifies the cleaning zone with your sink unit. The sink unit is a perfect space to store your cleaning supplies and garbage disposal. Neither one of these items are aesthetically pleasing in any kitchen, but they are all necessary! So why not store them in a place that is not visible?

    At ModSpace.in, we design our kitchens to optimize and add to your lifestyle. We strive to create efficient and aesthetically pleasing kitchens in every home. Our experts in space organization will ensure that you receive the best kitchen for your home and lifestyle!

  • One-wall Kitchen Design: The Straight Kitchen


    What is it?

    The straight kitchen is a one-wall kitchen layout, where all appliances and storage are placed in a linear fashion. This one-wall kitchen layout is a simple, yet functional design, and everything is within easy reach.

    Why should you use it?

    • Perfect for small spaces
    • Everything is within easy reach
    • Efficiently designed
    • Takes up the least amount of space within any household
    • Adds to the open floor plan
    • Greatly complements a living room or dining room space
    Straight Kitchen with dining table.

    Tips and Tricks for the Straight Kitchen

    • Add a high table or dining table to add a socializing space within the kitchen.
    • Make sure you have ongoing storage in your floor and wall cabinets
    • Open shelving, rather than closed cabinets allows for a more open kitchen design and easy storage.
    • The small design allows for pops of color, so have fun with it!
    • Ensure you have enough counter space between your cooking range and your sink unit.

     

    Space Organization: Organizing a straight kitchen can be a challenging process. Its smaller design often creates confusion on how items will be organized and stored. At ModSpace.in, we walk you through the design process from start to finish. Below we have outlined the overall space organization of the straight kitchen. Each type of unit is organized by color and explained below.

    Straight Kitchen Organization (colors explained below) Straight Kitchen Organization (colors explained below)
    • Starting from left to right, the beginning of your kitchen is your refrigerator. As a larger aspect of your kitchen it will take up the significant space.

     

    • The yellow represents all consumable food storage. Any ready-to-eat snacks and foods are ideally placed in these cabinets.
      • We've included snack storage above the microwave and oven to store accessible snacks for any household member to nibble on while using the kitchen.
      • The consumable storage unit on either side of the kitchen hob can be used to store any easy-to-eat items or easy-to-drink items, such as tea, coffee, cereals, energy bars, granola bars. Essentially these cabinets are designed to hold any food items that do not require refrigeration.
      • The consumable storage unit at the bottom of the cooking range, is perfect for dry food items that require cooking. Due to its placement being directly below the hob, one can easily reach down and grab any rice or dals that require cooking before serving.

     

    • The purple is any storage for china, cutlery, and crockery.
      • A storage unit is placed right below the microwave and oven to place any microwavable containers or baking items. For example if you are baking a cake and you need a mold, you'd store it right below the oven. 
      • The cabinet on the left of the cooking range is perfect for storing any serving dishes. When you are finished cooking your food you can simple open the cabinet, take out a serving dish, place it on the counter, and plate your food before serving it.
      • The crockery storage right below the cooking range is for any cooking utensils that are necessary while cooking or eating. For example, you may need to try the food you are cooking: you can simply open the drawer and grab a small spoon to taste your food!
      • The final crockery unit is placed right above the sink. This location is perfect to store the daily-used plates and bowls. This unit can be organized to include dish rack inside so your dishes can dry while they're being stored!

     

    • The red represents the preparation zone. This zone includes all items needed for cooking preparation.
      • The first item is a bottle pull-out to effectively organize and store any oils, condiments, and seasonings that are frequently used in your cooking. Since it is very close to the hob, your ingredients will be within easy reach.
      • The cabinet to the right of the cooking range is perfect to store your cooking utensils, pots, and pans. As its location is right next to the stove, you won't have to reach all over your kitchen to get retrieve a simple frying pan!

     

    • The blue covers the cooking range with the chimney and hob. In a straight kitchen, ensure that you have plenty of counter space to place your ingredients, while using the hob. 

     

    • The green signifies the cleaning zone with your sink unit. The sink unit is a perfect space to store your cleaning supplies and garbage disposal. Neither one of these items are aesthetically pleasing in any kitchen, but they are all necessary! So why not store them in a place that is not visible? 

     

    At ModSpace.in, we design our kitchens to maximize storage to fit your needs. We strive to create space in even the smallest areas.  Our experts in space organization will ensure that you receive the best kitchen for your storage and usage needs.

  • Tips for Creating a Family-Friendly Kitchen


    In today's hectic lifestyle, we often do not get the time to openly interact with our loved ones.  However, whenever we do get the time, there is always at least one family member who keeps moving back and forth between the family room and the kitchen. In this situation, the kitchen is usually a closed, separate room that is avoided due to the strong aromas and the noise.

    Today, with modular kitchens, you can increase family participation by adding an open, modernized design to allow your kitchen be a fun, and social atmosphere. Below are several tips one can use to create a fun, family-friendly kitchen.

    Easy-to-Clean Countertops: Wherever there are many members of one household, especially kids, a kitchen requires easy-to-clean countertops. The countertops provided at ModSpace.in, which are granite, quartz, and solid surface, are very easy to clean, and require minimal work to maintain the overall durability of your kitchen. All of our materials are non-porous, making them stain resistant and just require a simple wipe down regularly.

    Add a breakfast bar: A breakfast bar, appears as a counter that is a part of the kitchen. However, it is a multi-purpose counter with extra seating, allowing any individual to sit in the kitchen while interacting whoever is using the kitchen fully. The breakfast is typically counter height and it is complemented with barstools.

    Counter-height Breakfast bar added to allow for more interaction.

    Make a 2-in-1 Room: Modular kitchens are ideal with an open floor plan, where they are combined with a dining area or a living room. Combining your kitchen space with a dining area or a living room, allows for more family members to interact within the kitchen, and creates a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. There could be one person working the stove, while another is sitting giving the other company!

    Kitchen with a breakfast bar and a dining table.
    Open Kitchen with Living Room

    Organized Food Storage: An organized kitchen invites any individual. As a result, ensure that your kitchen has accessible snacks for everybody, from kids to adults, to access snacks at any hour or any time of the day. This will allow everybody to help themselves for snacks at anytime.

    These are just a few tips and tricks to make your kitchen a family friendly place for everybody in house, especially the little ones. Stay tuned for more blogs!

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