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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.

    Image credit: Houzz

    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.

  • 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!

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