Functional Modern Kitchen Design

Most people would not think of 150 square feet as a large kitchen space, but the functional design of this kitchen paid off Big!

The Vestabul designer that developed this design wanted to give the homeowners an updated modern feel, while ensuring all of their storage needs were met. As is the Design Philosophy of Vestabul, the designer began the design by plotting the Food Flow Storage Zones to ensure that the new kitchen would be as functional as it is beautiful!

Here is the floorplan that evolved.

An L-shaped layout with a center island replaced the original builder’s U-Shaped plan. The new layout allows both homeowners to work simultaneously in the kitchen without feeling squeezed.


The Food Storage Zone has two pantries and a bottom mount refrigerator. To give the free standing refrigerator more of a built-in look, the pantry cabinets were pulled out to 27″ deep. Each of the pantries have a metal pullout pantry accessory complete with adjustable shelves. This setup works perfectly to organize “entertaining” food stuffs and “everyday” food items. The cabinet above the refrigerator was accessorised with vertical tray dividers to supplement the storage needs of cookie sheets & baking pans for the Cooking Zone. To get the most use of the cabinets above the pantries, extra shelves were specified to store glass platters without having to stack them.

The Cooking Zone is showcased with a chimney styled vent hood and gas slide in range. To store pots & pans the base blind corner contains a magic corner accessory with 4 separate shelves. Above the magic corner is a shallow drawer with an utensil insert for ladles, wooden spoons, mixing spoons and other small cooking utensils. A spice insert was specified for the upper drawer to the left of the range with the deep drawers below housing casserole dishes.

The Prep Zone between the sink and range is an efficient location for food preparation activities. Food can be cleaned at the sink and prepared and mixed on their way to the Cooking Zone. The top drawer beside the sink houses a knife block and the utensil insert around the corner has room for mixing spoons. The deep drawers under the knife block are the perfect place to store mixing bowls and items such as salad spinners. At the end of the countertop run beside the dishwasher is a 6″ wide cabinet that was accessorised with a condiment rollout for small prep zone condiment items.

The Clean-up Zone has a large single sink and a stainless steel dishwasher. Under the sink everything for organizing clean-up was installed. This included tilt front trays, a trash can and a tea towel holder. A strong design element in the Prep and Clean-Up Zones is the upper “cabinet” treatment. To keep the space feeling airy, the Vestabul Designer designed a floating shelf and lite bridge system on the window wall that allows the homeowners to display their glass collection.

The Serving Zone for this design is on the island. Since open display shelves were designed for the window wall instead of  traditional upper cabinets for dish storage, the designer specified dish drawer inserts for the two deep drawers on the end of the island. This accessory uses pegs to hold plates and bowls in place so that they do not bang around when the drawer is opened and closed. The upper drawer in this drawer bank houses a cutlery insert. All of the homeowners everyday dishes are stored in this area. An under-counter microwave on the island also makes this area a quick snack center.

On the back side of the island is an informal dining area with a suspended frosted glass dining bar that accommodates 2 stools. This is a great place for guests to sit and enjoy a glass of wine while the meal is being prepared. The frosted glass doors hold wine glasses and additional entertaining items.

The homeowners décor style was a blend of contemporary and modern. The designer recommended a veneer slab door in a Ribbon Sapele Wood. The lite bar designed above the floating shelves would highlight the “movement” of the Sapele wood. The backsplash specified was a metal laminate. This is a great backsplash alternative that is easy to wipe down and has a seamless installation.  A white quartz counter was chosen as a non-color in the space. Stainless steel appliances, sink, faucet and hardware pulls give the contemporary vibe while the frosted glass dining bar and glass doors add a subtle modern texture. The Brazilian Cherry hardwood in a natural finish runs through the rest of the condo and helps to expand the space.

Vestabul Designers love coming up with small space solutions. Let them help you discover how your small kitchen space can function as well as this one! Check out our functional food flow philosophy.

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