A modular kitchen can be totally dismantled and put together in a new home or apartment as you want and when you want. In this type of kitchen, every module is made in the factory and all that would be done at the site is assembling and fixing. Modular kitchens are practical, manageable, stylish, and technical. But before you get carried away with all the amazing designs on offer, you need to pay attention to these technical aspects to have a hassle-free kitchen in your house.
Define the space available
The design for a modular kitchen depends a lot on the kind of space available in your kitchen area. For example, if it is a smaller space, a parallel or straight kitchen would work as the best option, else the space will look cramped! Whereas, larger spaces can be planned with an L-shaped, U-shaped, or ISLAND kitchen design.
Slots for electrical and plumbing points need to be kept in mind before designing the space, especially for apartments. In the case of an independent house, these can be planned in accordance with modular units. Ensure an easy outlet for water. The kitchen should be well lit and ventilated.
Analyze storage requirements
Storage requirements need to be analyzed properly in order to plan drawers, shelf cabinets, or tall units. The storage capacity depends a lot on the usage pattern – whether you stock groceries/supplies on a weekly or monthly basis. If your family comprises of elder people too, the drawers should be convenient and easy to operate.
Since it determines the longevity of the kitchen, the countertop is one of the most important things that must need your attention. The choice of material for the countertops (marble, granite, or engineered stone) depends on the type of cooking done in your house
Choose good reflector colors
Avoid dark colors like black and brown as they are not good reflectors of light. Use quality lightings on both ceilings and the walls and install an advanced electric chimney over the cooking range for proper ventilation.
Prefer sectional drawers over cabinets for optimum utilization of the storage space and go for a steel-wood combo for longer life.
Plan a smooth working area
Space between work areas for cooking, washing, and stocking should be well planned otherwise it can end messing up the area. Ideally, these spaces should be three feet apart on the countertop to ensure smooth working in the kitchen.
For the walls, appliances can be integrated into the kitchen unit to minimize clutter and provide a larger worktop area.
Proper ventilation is a must
Ventilation and safety concerns should be kept in mind while planning your kitchen space. Ideally, large windows are recommended. If there is a design or space challenge, then the usage of adequate chimneys and exhausts can be an effective alternative.
Hence these points must be kept in mind to have a hassle-free kitchen in your house.