Sunday, August 19, 2012

Small Kitchen Design for Condominium in Kuala Lumpur

The value of the space in Kuala Lumpur is become higher and higher since 2009,  the design and size of the condominium in KL become smaller and smaller with the selling price between RM 200,000 to RM 500,000 per unit. The size of the condominium in Kuala Lumpur is about 600-1,100 sq ft.

The challenge is high to design a functional and stylist kitchen with limited space for the small condominium. Above small kitchen design is a galley or one wall kitchen layout design, this is a simple design with put the cooktop, washing area (sink), food preparation area, storage cabinets and microwave in a line. This design suitable for small family with 2-4 persons, with both husband and wife are working. The one wall kitchen ayout design suitable for them to prepare simple food with limited of time. With this small kitchen design, you  need to look for other space for your  refrigerator.

Please contact for more information about the small kitchen design.

JL Kitchen Design / In Space Decor
Tel: +6019-337 9338
Services Area: Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley, Malaysia

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Kitchen Design Guidelines

  1. Your kitchen should not be a main thoroughfare to the rest of your home. This means traffic should not cross the kitchen work triangle.
  2. The total length of the kitchen work triangle (the cumulative distance between the cooktop / fridge / sink) should not exceed 7000mm (23′). The ideal length of the kitchen work triangle lies between 4000mm (13′) and 6000mm (19′).
  3. The minimum opening between kitchen cabinets in a doorway should be 800mm (31 1/2″).
  4. Appliance doors or entry doors should not interfere with the work centres.
  5. You should not place a full height cabinet or appliance between any two of the major work centres.
  6. A minimum of 1000mm (39″) of floor space between countertops is recommended (1200mm or 47″ is preferred). 900mm (36″) would be the minimum distance between a run of cabinets and a kitchen island in a one cook kitchen.
  7. If there are two cooks in the kitchen a minimum of 1200mm (47″) is required for one person to edge past the other by turning and passing with bodies parallel.
  8. For two people to pass with ease, a 1500mm (59″) between countertops is required.
  9. The sink should be in the centre of the work triangle as it is the most used area in the kitchen.
  10. At least 300mm (12″) of counter space should be allowed from the edge of the sink to the inside corner of the counter top.
  11. The sink area should have counter space either side of it. The total workspace should be a minimum of 1050mm (41″).
  12. When placing a dishwasher near a corner, allow at least a 500mm (20″) space from the corner for ease of access.
  13. You must allow standing space in front of the dishwasher for unloading.
  14. The cooktop should be placed at least 300mm (12″) from a window for safety.
  15. The minimum landing space either side of a cooktop is 300mm (12″).
  16. At least 300mm (12″) of counter space should be allowed from the edge of the cooking surface to the inside corner of the counter top.
  17. Extraction of air is required at cooking surfaces.
  18. A minimum 400mm (16″) setdown space is required beside an oven. If this is not possible then a benchtop within 1200mm (47″) of the oven is OK. (except where this crosses a major walkway)
  19. The same goes for microwaves, 400mm (16″) setdown space beside the microwave.
  20. Try and keep the microwave within the most active part of the kitchen.
  21. The height of the microwave (base) above the floor should be between 900 (36″) and 1250mm (49″).
  22. A minimum of 400mm (16″) landing space is required on the door opening side of a fridge. If this is not possible then a benchtop within 1200mm (47″) of the fridge is OK. (except where this crosses a major walkway)
  23. Consideration to the location of services requires careful planning. To prevent appliances (i.e dishwashers etc) projecting past the countertop you must place the services in a cabinet beside the appliance.
  24. Smoke detectors should be installed in the appropriate location for the type used.
  25. Consider installing a fire extinguisher and fire blanket which is easily accessible in the kitchen.
  26. The preparation area should be a minimum of 900mm (36″) in width.
  27. Likewise, the serving area should be a minimum of 900mm (36″) width.
  28. If there are two cooks and you dont have 2 separate 900mm (36″) wide preparation areas, a consolidated area of 1500mm (59″) wide is good.
  29. Store regularly used items between eye and hip level.
  30. 1800mm (71″) from the floor is considered to be the maximum safe storage height.
  31. You should consider items to be stored at the first or last place of use. Heavy equipment should be stored near floor level.
  32. When considering the countertop height, it should be designed for the cook to work without raising the hand above the elbow.
  33. The minimum chair pullout distance from the table to the wall is 600mm.
  34. A minimum of 900mm (36″) in depth allows another to person to edge behind a seated diner.
  35. A minimum of 1100mm (43″) in depth provides walking space behind a seated diner.
  36. Always comply with manufacturers installation instructions for appliances.
  37. All kitchen designs should comply with national kitchen standards.
  38. When working out natural lighting for the kitchen a good rule of thumb is no less than 10% of the kitchen floor area.
  39. Natural ventilation should be provided by windows, doors or other devices that can be opened and closed. Allow for a minimum of 5% of the total floor area.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Small Kitchen Design

Creative ideas can be put to good use when coming up with a small kitchen design. A good way to start out is by deciding on everything you think you may need in the kitchen. Once you decide on everything you need, you will have to figure out if you want your kitchen to show your personality or if you want it to speak more on a functional level. The kitchen is already small, so you will want to design it in a way that will allow you to make the best use of the limited space. A functional kitchen design style will only need to have the items that you will absolutely use just about every day. You may like the idea of certain things being in the kitchen, like an espresso machine, but if you truly are not going to use it on a daily or regular basis there is no need to have it.

One thing to consider having in a small kitchen is a small island. An island does not have to be very big and can still be accommodating. An island can probably be a little more beneficial to you. The top of it can be used as a working space, while the cabinets below can be used as a storage place. You can keep kitchen utensils in the drawers. The cabinets on an island can be used to store your pots and pans. Cabinets or even hooks can be hung up on the sides of the island to make for better storage place and convenience. Lighting will have to be sufficient enough if you decide to have a small island in your kitchen space. Lighting should not be too bright or too dim for you to work in.

Color is something else to consider when trying to come up with a good small kitchen design. You may want to try to find colors that will make your small kitchen space comfortable, warm, inviting and most importantly seem larger. Lighter or white colors tend to make a kitchen appear to be larger. Most light kitchens have a dark base making the kitchen seem more spacious than it actually is. White, silver, and cream are commonly used lighter colors in a small kitchen when designing. You can use these colors alone or mix them together. A white kitchen may have silver appliances such as a refrigerator or sink. Or it can simply be a white kitchen with metallic accents would be appealing.

In order to incorporate a small kitchen design, you will have to have a good mind for creativity. You will need to be able to come up with a good color scheme or at the very least, have a good sense of color. There are interior decorators that you can consult with for professional ideas to design your small kitchen. You can also check out home decorator magazines to help you. Your small kitchen design will need to be comfortable enough for you to use.

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