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Welcome to the blog section of Moda Kitchens & Cabinets! Here you will find some expert tips, insights, and examples of the custom renovation and installation work we do. Whether you are renovating your current kitchen or bathroom, or planning to build new- we have experience in all different cabinetry styles, shapes, and sizes.
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Easy Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

Posted by on July 9, 2016 in Blog, Kitchens | 0 comments

It can be tricky to keep your kitchen cool in the summer, especially if you have south facing windows or need to use the oven for an extended period of time.

Aside from doing a full kitchen reno to make some structural changes to cool things down, here are some easy ways to keep your kitchen cool.

1. Don’t Cook!

Summer is a great time for light & easy food. Choose wraps & sandwiches, salads, fruits & veggies over a roast and you’ll save your self a few degrees in the kitchen.

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Time to invest in an outdoor kitchen?

2. BBQ

There is really nothing better than grilling on a summer evening. Invite some friends over, play some lawn games, and share a BBQ feast.

3. Window Wisdom / Get a Cross Breeze

Many kitchens will only have one window, or several windows that are all on one wall. Opening the window doesn’t always help because there is no cross breeze. Find the other windows in the house that facilitates the cross breeze and open them, too.

You may also want to consider blocking out some of that hot sun to keep things cool. Some nice dark shades during peak sun hours can keep your kitchen cool for the rest of the day.

4. Kitchen Fans

There are some really great modern looking fans available that won’t compromise the charm of your kitchen while keeping it cool.

5. Bake in the AM

Mini Fruit PiesWhipping up some fresh buns for your burgers? Or baking pies with all those fresh summer berries? Do your baking in the am so that you don’t have to use the oven when the sun is at it’s strongest.

6. Bake smaller portions

If you’re making a baked item split it into smaller portions so you can reduce bake time. For example, if you’re making a meatloaf put it in a muffin tin so you have smaller individual meatloaves.

7. Use Small Appliances

Slow cookers, toaster ovens & pressure cookers aren’t just for winter meals. Using these small appliances can not only keep your kitchen cooler, but they often do the job faster (or with less hands on time) so you don’t even have to be IN the kitchen.

Any we missed? What’s your favourite way to keep cool?

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Burnaby Custom Kitchen – Whelen Court

Posted by on June 9, 2016 in Blog, Countertops, Kitchens, Projects | 0 comments

Our newest custom kitchen – in Vancouver! This amazing custom kitchen, bathroom, wetbar and wine room project was in an exquisite home in Deer Lake, Burnaby. It was an enjoyable project working with the home owner and builder to create his vision. Traditional raised panel cabinet doors with a defined glaze. The glass island eating area modernizes the traditional kitchen design. I want to say thank you to the owner who believed in me to trust me with this project.

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Richmond Custom Kitchen

Posted by on November 13, 2015 in Blog, Countertops, Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchens, Projects | 0 comments

Walnut Cabinetry with Concrete CountersThis custom kitchen renovation in Richmond, BC was a fun project as it incorporated some very industrial features with warm tones. Horizontal grain walnut veneer cabinets create a very mid century modern kitchen design feel that makes this custom kitchen very “warm”. We custom paneled one sub-zero fridge and left the other one exposed stainless steel which coordinates well with the commercial industrial feel of the faucet and the 48″ Wolf range with industrial chimney hood fan.

One of the best features of this kitchen is the 12 foot long island with 4″ custom poured concrete waterfall countertop. The concrete countertops bring an industrial feel that grounds the modern high gloss doors around the hood fan. A finished 10′ ceiling gives the kitchen a grand feeling and the custom walnut veneer bulkhead warms up the cook concrete, stainless steel and modern high gloss cabinet doors.

This is a kitchen that you’ll love to look at, cook in, and entertain in.

Check out the photo gallery & custom office cabinets to match below:

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Renovating a Smaller Kitchen

Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Blog, Countertops, Kitchen Cabinets, Kitchens | 0 comments

We recently had the pleasure of working with a home owner who was looking to renovate a small-ish kitchen to make it more modern and beautiful, while also making it more functional.

When you have a small kitchen, space is always an issue. All those handy kitchen tools, small appliances, dishes, and of course the food, need to go somewhere. Limited kitchen cupboard space means that somethings got to give and that often manifests in cluttered, overflowing cabinets and countertops that have become the home to whatever can’t fit in the cupboard.

But a small kitchen can be functional! In this small kitchen renovation we made the most use of space as we possibly could. All the wall cabinets extend to the ceiling offering more storage space for your kitchen essentials. Cupboards in the island are amazingly practical. Nice, deep pot drawers allow for efficient stacking of pots and pans without taking up too much cabinet real estate. And the best use of space yet – the giant wall of custom cabinetry!

By using an ultra modern bookmatch walnut door for the cabinets we’ve created a warm and inviting feel to the mid-century modern kitchen design. The white quartz counter top with waterfall edge provides lots of extra counter space for those times you need it and a nice clean contrast to the wood to brighten up the space. To really personalize and open the appearance of the space we added in a custom made walnut framed mirror embedded into the subway tile wall.

For more ideas on how we can help provide the perfect renovation for your small kitchen, call us today!

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Bar or Island in the Kitchen?

Posted by on September 3, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Kitchen Island

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The Kitchen Island can be a place of gathering, preparing, and even a makeshift workspace. The island tends to be more indicative of a busy household and is usually included in a kitchen that needs to function in various situations without stress.

If you have a chef-centric kitchen that needs space, you may want to consider having a multi-purpose island.

Once you’ve decided the kitchen island you can begin the design process. Maybe you will want a multi-level island, or an island that has a distinct colour and texture that will complement the activity. For example, if you need a smooth surface for drawing, or chopping you may to integrate this into the design. If you’re going for a more natural, rustic feel you may want to consider a rougher type of countertop.

The Kitchen Bar

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If your kitchen is more of a social space rather than a functional place, you may want to explore the kitchen bar route. The bar welcomes a crowd and you can customize this by adding a sink as well as a fridge to make the bar ultra-functional and comfortable for your guests.

Informal dinner parties are also great for the kitchen bar. This allows you to serve your guests directly from the kitchen without having to move rooms or create a formal setting. This is perfect for those who like to entertain on a regular basis. It also makes for an easy clean up!

If you’re like a lot of people out there, a combination between the two is great. We can design the option of half island half bar to suit your particular needs. Multi-level bars are great for this as it keeps the cooking separate from the seating area. Perfect for homework sessions and at the same time!

Whichever you choose for your kitchen be sure it suits the functionality you need. Good design begins and ends with function and meets style somewhere in-between.

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