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  • Our Favorite Space Saving Solutions for the Kitchen Wall


    We know all too well of the struggles of living with a small kitchen. As mentioned in countless previous blogs, small kitchens do not hold as much storage as large kitchens and also have limitations in terms of design. With a smaller kitchen, on going floor cabinetry and wall cabinetry not attractive. The continuous cabinetry gives the kitchen a tiny and crammed appearance. Nevertheless, the solution is reducing the wall cabinet boxes and adding some new-age storage solutions. Several solutions for kitchens without the wall cabinetry are mentioned in the previous blog post. With multiple kitchen wall storage solutions, it is difficult the narrow down our favorites. Courtesy of Pinterest and the World Wide Web, check out some of our favorite create wall storage solutions for the contemporary kitchen.

    Utensil Rack: Often known as a pot rail, the utensil rack is a great solution to place on random wall space within the kitchen. It accommodates pots and pans and cooking ladles. The utensil rack is simple a rod with hooks, and any item can simply be hung and kept out the way. Image Credit: Amazon
    Open Shelves: Open shelves are very beneficial to create a space to keep some items along the wall. As mentioned in a previous blog post, open shelves great way to add the same amount of storage that can come in a boxed cabinet. They can vary in size and hold multiple items without making the kitchen look over-crowded. The other form of storage the image above is the knife strip. Free up the counter space and store the knives on a magnetic knife strip, which is out of harm's way and still accessible when necessary. Image Credt: Jazz Blues
    Magnetic Spice Rack: Similar to the knife strip in the image above, the metal strip can hold multiple magnetic items such as magnetic spice jars to keep the spices handy and metal cooking utensils. Basically anything that is magnetic, yet necessary, in the kitchen can be stuck onto the strip to free the counter space in the kitchen.  Image Credit: Pinterest

     

    Hooks: A practical, budget-friendly solution for the kitcen wall is attaching hooks. Although they come with the utensil rack, the individual small hooks can be placed anywhere in the kitchen, and are an excellent storage solution for coffee/tea mugs. These hooks can be placed on the wall or underneath an open shelf of wall cabinet. Image Credit: Life Arranged
    Tension Rods: Use these handy tools to organize the trays and cutting boards on the kitchen shelf! Keep them in line, without falling over or taking up too much space on the kitchen counter.  Image Credit: Bobvila
  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Wall Cabinet Accessories


    Wall cabinets are the upper cabinets in a kitchen. The conventional design includes hinge doors with 2-3 shelves inside. However, with an increase of technology, ModSpace is able to provide you countless accessories to assist the smallest inconveniences when working in the kitchen. Below: are the accessories that are ideal for wall units.

    Center Cosario Kitchen Storage is open, while the two side systems are closed

    Cosario: This accessory is mounted right below your existing wall unit.   Cosario is a storage option that consists of two shelves, that pull down from directly underneath your wall unit. The lower shelf swings down and back towards the wall, while the upper shelf simples moves downward for you the access your items. Cosario is ideal for storing smaller items for daily use, such as your spice jars, coffee mugs, or smaller appliances.

     

     

    Aventos Lift System: Aventos lift system is conveniently designed for your cabinet and can easily be placed above a stove or a kitchen sink. In all of the lift systems, you can access all items of your cabinet at once.

    Aventos HF Wall unit
    • HF: This wall cabinet has shutters with a bi-fold lift system. While opening the cabinet, the door folds upward, keeping the handle within each. As a user, the doors stay open at any location, closing silently once you are finished.

     

     

     

     

    HK Unit
    • HK: Aventos HK has a stay lift system, where the door swings up and stays open where you leave it. In this system, the doors close silently. Aventos HK is ideal for being placed above refrigerators and accent cabinets.

     

    HL Aventos
    • HL: This wall cabinet has a lift up system, where door lifts parallel to the cabinet. This system is ideal for kitchens with high ceilings, and you access all of your items at once.

     

     

     

    HS Aventos

     

    • HS: HS lift system opens doors over the top of the cabinet. This system is ideal for larger or heavier doors, and have a soft closing.

     

     

    Agilis Wall Unit Lift System

     

    Agilis Wall-Unit Lift System: This wall unit lift system has four shelves that lower from the cabinet onto the counter, and later gets placed back in the cabinet. This systems makes the hard-to-reach items accessible, and is ideal to be placed over any kitchen countertop.

     

    These are some of the best accessories for wall units. They are purely designed to convenience your usage in the kitchen, and create a stress-free working environment. Stay tuned for more accessories in later blogs!!

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