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  • Modular Kitchen Design Steps for First Timers

    Oftentimes when potential clients approach us for buying a modular kitchen, they do not know where to start. To ease the process, we actually put together a Kitchen Buying Guide, which takes the customer through the entire process of buying a modular kitchen-starting with the most general thoughts and going all the way down to the specifics of adding accessories to the kitchen. Below, the basic design steps of a modular kitchen are given-starting with the layout, going into the storage options based on the layout, ensuring the kitchen has proper ventilation, choosing colors, and finalizing the lighting.

    Layout and Work Triangle: The first step in designing your kitchen is the layout and work triangle. Depending on your space and preferences certain layouts will suit your space more than others. Whether it is an L-Shape, U-Shape, Straight, Parallel, or includes an Island; all layouts come with their own set of advantages. An L-Shape is more open while a U-Shape is more private; or a Parallel has ongoing storage where a straight is more space-efficient. After finalizing the layout, the next step is determining Kitchen Work Triangle. The Work Triangle determines the location of your refrigerator, sink, and hob. All three of these items should be in some triangular shape to allow any user to conduct kitchen tasks in the most efficient manner. Depending on the layout, the Work Triangle is determined accordingly.

    Storage Options: Once the location of the three larger items is determined, the next step is the storage cabinets. This step allows you to explore the types of storage options and accessories available for wall units and floor units alike. Each layout allows for extensive and unique storage options to complement the overall kitchen design. In determining the storage options, always remember the corners. Corners are often ignored in a kitchen design, as they can be slightly challenging to work with. However, there are plenty of corner options and accessories that fully utilize the corner space in a kitchen.

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    Ventilation: There is a lot of activity that takes place in the kitchen: cooking, washing, cleaning. All of these activities generate a lot of heat and moisture that can easily get trapped. When designing your modular kitchen, ensure there is enough space for a window or a door that can be left open to let some fresh air in while conducting kitchen tasks. Otherwise those trapped fumes will start producing unnecessary smoke and moisture within your entire home.

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    Colors: After the design specifications, the next step is your colors. In a previous blog, the process of choosing the kitchen colors is discussed-starting with the cabinet, to the countertop, then appliances, flooring, backsplash & wall, and specific hardware. The colors are the final factor to determine the overall look and feel of your entire kitchen design.

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    Lighting: Lighting in the kitchen should both be aesthetic and practical. A previous blog post takes you step-by-step through choosing the best lighting for your kitchen design. If possible, incorporate a window for that beautiful natural lighting that adds immediate warmth to the kitchen. Also ensure the kitchen lighting matches to overall theme of the kitchen design. For example, in a traditional kitchen design will look better with some chandelier-style pendants, rather than lights with clean, harsh lines. Another aspect of lighting is include enough task lighting-usually in the form of can lighting-to allow you to fully see the kitchen tasks being conducted.

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    When it comes to designing your modular kitchen, these steps allow you to cover all the aspects in a systematic manner. With each step, there are a variety of customizable options to create a unique space exclusive to your home.

  • Options for Choosing your Kitchen Flooring

    In any home, floors are used the most and almost taken for granted. In the kitchen, which is the most used room within the home, the floor literally takes a beating on a daily basis. As a center for family gathering, cooking spillage, and more; the kitchen floor is a space of constant traffic and activity. Therefore, the floor needs to be both durable and aesthetically matching the entire kitchen design. The choices for kitchen flooring are nearly endless, ranging at different price points, styles, and design specifications. Below, are the most popular flooring options with the pros and cons of each.

    Ceramic Tile: Ceramic tile is almost a fail-safe option that fits any style or budget. As a durable surface, it is perfect for kitchens with multiple users, easily withstanding normal wear and tear, spills, and splashes.  Ceramic tiles are available in an endless variety of patterns and designs that can all be mixed and matched to include varying textures, colors and designs. However, tiles can crack with time, and are extremely cold under the feet. As a flooring option, tile can be slippery, especially when there is moisture. Therefore, with a tile flooring, ensure there are rugs or mats to avoid the discomfort.

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    Natural Stone: Natural stone is available in a variety if materials: limestone, slate, granite, travertine, etc. Stone creates an elegant, Old World look, making a kitchen appear more classy and upscale. Stone has been used as a flooring solution for centuries. Therefore, it creates a classic element, and is ideal for hot climates. As a cooling underfoot, it is durable and requires very little maintenance day to day. However, natural stone can collect dirt, and get scratches and chips with time. Porous stones require protective sealing at regular intervals.  

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    Solid Wood: Solid wood is a flooring choice that is becoming more popular in contemporary kitchens. It adds a warm look and has a warm underfoot. These days, wooden floors can withstand heavy stains, moisture, and extensive foot traffic in any space. As a style, solid wood is evergreen. However, as a natural surface, wood requires periodic refinishing as it dents and scratches easily.

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    Vinyl: Vinyl flooring is an economical flooring option that comes with an anti-skid resistance that prevents any user from slipping or skidding. There are a variety of colors and patterns, and it is generally soft underneath the feet. As a durable material, vinyl can last up to 10-20 years. With vinyl, a user has to be careful as sharp objects can tear or scratch the surface.

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    Cork: Cork is a newer, natural, water-resistant material that is sustainable harvested and adds a warm look to any space. As a material, cork is resilient and flexible and a comfortable walking surface. It is durable and available in a variety of colors.  However, as a natural surface, cork requires regular cleaning and resealing.

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    Laminate: Laminate flooring another more economical flooring option that requires very little maintenance, and it create the wooden or tile look of any kitchen space. It is available in a variety of colors and styles. Nevertheless, as a surface, it starts showing its age with time and will need to be replaced completely.

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    Overall, any kitchen floor that is chosen comes with its own set of advantages and its own set of disadvantages. When choosing your kitchen floor, ensure your choice is both aesthetically pleasing and durable. Your floor should bring your entire kitchen space together!

  • Vastu Shastra for your Kitchen

    Vastu Shastra is the ancient science of art and construction. Vastu is a Sanskrit word that means dwelling or housing on a plot of land. Therefore, Vastu Shastra is the science of housing. This science helps in creating a pleasant setting within a home or office by taking the benefits of nature and using the five elements: Sky, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth to enhance wealth, health, and prosperity.

    Vastu Shastra is applied to every room within a home. Each room has its own energy, and can be planned independently to create a pleasant environment. The kitchen is one of the most active rooms in a home. It contributes to the general health and overall wellbeing of the occupants within the home. To ensure that positive energies flow through the kitchen, there are some essential tips that should be considered for the Vastu of a kitchen. The tips are given below:

    Ideal location of your kitchen: The kitchen should be placed in the southeast direction of your home. The southeast direction is governed by the element Fire, which makes it suitable for all fire and heat-related elements.

    • Alternative Direction: However, if your kitchen is NOT placed in the southeast direction of your home, then it can be placed in the northwest direction. The northwest direction is governed by air, which allows for ease in movement and change. The kitchen is an area in the house that requires constant movement. Therefore, placing the kitchen in northwest will allow for easier movement within your kitchen.

    Heating and cooking location: The cooking range or stove, which is the main platform of your kitchen, should be placed in the southeast direction of your kitchen, which is the most suitable direction for all fire-related elements. However, the person using the cooking range should always be facing the east. The east direction is recognized to bring good luck and health, which is creates a pleasant cooking environment for the user. Other heat-related appliances, such as your generator, gas cylinder, or geyser should also be placed in the southeast location of your kitchen.

    Kitchen Exhaust: Your exhaust should be placed in the northwest direction of your kitchen. Due to the element Air governing the northwest, the exhaust will ease the movement of the heavy aromas flowing through your kitchen.

    Kitchen Sink: The kitchen sink and other water storage taps should be placed in the northeast direction of your kitchen because the element Water rules this direction.

    • Alternative Direction: Your kitchen sink can also be placed in the north direction. The north is the most cardinal direction in Vastu Shastra. It is a highly charged direction that instills positive vibes through all of the surroundings.

    Electronic Appliances: Your electronic appliances, including your microwave, oven, or refrigerator should be placed in the southwest direction of your kitchen. Vastu views the southwest direction as an area that is dominated by demons. As a result, there is great negative energy. Therefore, the heavier appliances should be placed to balance and reduce the negative energy that comes from the southwest direction.

    However, your dishwasher should be placed in the northwest direction of your kitchen. The northwest direction is governed by the element Air, which allows for free movement, which makes allows for easy movement in loading and unloading of dishes, and

    • Alternative Directions: According to Vastu, the refrigerator also can be placed in the southeast or south directions. The southeast direction is ideal for any type of electrical equipment. Governed by the element fire, the southeast direction is seen as a place where food can easily be preserved. The south direction is governed by the Lord of death, and viewed of as inauspicious. Therefore, heavier appliances can be placed to nullify the inauspicious vibes from this direction.

    Dining Area: If your kitchen includes a dining table or a breakfast nook, it is best to be placed in the northwest direction of your kitchen. The element Air governs the northwest direction, and Vastu believes that air includes attributes of change and movement. The dining area is a place of great movement, as members will be using the space to socialize and enjoy their meal. As a result, placing the dining table in the northwest direction will allow for positive energy to move through the air easily.

    Storage: ModSpace.in kitchens include both wall and floor storage units. Vastu believes that storage specifically for food grains and utensils should be placed on the southern and western walls, instead of the northern and eastern walls. The south direction is known to be a source of wealth, crops, and abundance, which makes it an ideal space to store food items in your kitchen. The west is governed by the element Water, making it a vital direction for survival. Both the south and west directions increase the duration of your food and food-related utensils in your kitchen.

    Windows: If your kitchen has windows, the larger windows should be in the east to allow for sunlight, and smaller windows should be in the south to allow for evil forces to pass through. The south direction is known to destroy any evil forces within a given space.

    Vastu Shastra is essential in designing your home. In order to positively balance the elements and appropriate placement of your kitchen, it is ideal to follow this Vastu advice to create a pleasant kitchen environment!

  • Floor Cabinet Accessories

    The floor cabinets are the base units in your kitchen that are placed below your countertop. These items in these units can be difficult to access, particularly if they are out of reach. The following accessories are designed to ease the accessibility of your items in your floor units.

    Worktop Extension: This accessory is a pull-out table placed right below your countertop. It is concealed and out of site, and it instantly becomes an additional workspace or a quick breakfasting area. When the worktop has two parts, and when it is fully extended, it forms a flat surface for you to use!

    Worktop Extension being used to food

    Parallel Swing Out Mechanism for Food Slicer: This accessory is placed in your floor cabinet, and it easily be pulled out and placed in front of your kitchen counter. The worktop automatically locks in the extended position, allowing you to slice your food easily.

    Food Slicer Pull-out Mechanism

    Built-in Ironing Board: The built-in ironing board is installed in place of your floor unit drawers. The ironing board easily be pulled out and used, then fitted neatly back into the cabinet. This accessory is particularly convenient. and uses your space efficiently.

    Built-in ironing board in kitchen floor unit.

    Bottle Crate Pull-Out: This is perfect for floor units. It contains pull out frames with clip-on baskets to store your bottles and longer containers. This accessory is practical and also adds to the aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. This accessory is ideal near your cooking to access your necessary cooking ingredients quickly and easily.

    Bottle Pull-out accessory

    Portero Cleaning Utensil Pull-Out: This accessory is often placed underneath the sink next to the waste system. Oftentimes, this space is unused. As a result, this accessory adds efficiency to that particular space, by including one or two pull-out baskets with water-tight shelves that can be easily removed for cleaning. This accessory also includes a removable storage self above the two baskets. The Portero pull out is ideal for organizing kitchen cleaning supplies in the most efficient way possible.

    Portero Pull out system

    These are a few of the many accessories that can be placed in your kitchen floor units. In a Modspace.in kitchen, these accessories can easily be added to your floor units to increase the organization and efficiency of your kitchen space. Be sure to check our previous blogs for more exciting kitchen accessories!!

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