How to choose your kitchen platform layouts while doing civil work? What’s best for my kitchen, Service, working, or combined kitchen counters? Whether it is necessary to uplift your kitchen’s bottom flooring? or if ideal skirting is required or not. In this blog, we discuss how to plan a kitchen platform while doing civil work, So read the complete blog.
Choose a Layout that works for My Kitchen
Different types of platform tiles are there, like an L-shaped platform, a linear platform, a parallel platform, and a C or U-shaped platform. Some people are confused about those tiles mentioned in the above types of platform tiles.
First, you judge your kitchen entrance, or what is the direction of your window placed in your kitchen? the second fact is if you are considering how your kitchen is shaped or laid out, like a square shape or a rectangle shape. After judging all these things, you can easily decide on a platform tile for your kitchen platform.
For example, your kitchen has the same or equal space on both sides and in front of the kitchen, your window or dry balcony entrance is there. In this case, you can precisely choose a parallel platform. On one side, you will have a working platform, and on the other, you will have a non-working platform or service platform.
If you have a square-shaped kitchen and your kitchen window wants only ventilation and sunlight, then you can block your window so you can select an L-shaped platform. The L-shaped platform has a big disadvantage if your kitchen window is blocked or covered, and the L-shaped platform has problems like corner utilization, etc. That’s why the parallel platform works the best.
Service V/S Working Platform
Working Platform: The main working platform is the top of the cooktop, and in some cases, there is or is not a sink on top of the working platform. The total size of the working platform is very large because, on top of it, you keep most of the equipment.
Service Platform: On top of the service platform, your meal is ready, so keep it above the service platform, or else two ladies or co-workers are working in the kitchen so that you can work on a service platform like some veggie cuts, etc. Most dining tables are attached to a service platform in an open kitchen, so when your meal is ready, you can put it on top of the service counter and serve it directly from the dining table. The main counter is the kitchen working platform.
Kitchen Island Platform
Island platforms are basically foreign concepts. The island means “not attached to any wall. This is a free-floating platform; that’s why that island platform keeps on the floor. If you have more space in your kitchen floor area, So you can choose that island platform for your kitchen platform.
The platform will be excessive on all sides. That platform will be used for service, working, and combined platforms. You can also choose this platform for an open kitchen, and this also looks very good.
Civil Precautions While Plumbing & Wiring
First, you have to decide which side your kitchen platform comes from, then you decide which direction your kitchen platform should be, and your second priority will be the position of your kitchen sink. Once your kitchen sink is set, you can’t change or move the sink position in case there is plumbing work that is very risky.
When water work is going on and c-page work starts, that is very difficult to repair. Mostly, kitchen sinks are set on top of the working platform’s corner side, and if you keep your sink on a service platform, you have to place a deeper kitchen sink. Also, small-shaped kitchen sinks are not very beneficial.
Service & Working Kitchen Counter
Working Platform: The depth size is a minimum of 24 inches, and you can take a maximum of 27 inches. In Indian kitchens, we will see the cooktop is also there, and next to him is some space for making chapati, etc. That’s why we need space for doing or making such things. So in this case, we will need 27 inches of height, which is a very ideal working counter. Otherwise, do you think you need this space for making chapati and all other work? If you can work on the other side of the cooktop, then you can go with the 24 inches.
Service Platform: The minimum depth of the service platform will be 16–18 inches. If you are not keeping more equipment items on a kitchen platform just for a service or placing a mixer, then this depth will be enough. You can also increase the depth to 21 to 24 inches. If your remaining floor space is ideal, the Height will be 800 mm or 32 inches. It is very ideal; in fact, this height is considered a standard height by most of the people on whom the platform will be placed. It has not too many upward sides and not too many downward sides, so you don’t have to bend too much and no more leg up.
The Use of Electrical Points during Civil Work
Kitchen platforms will be made, tiles will be placed, and electrical point fixing is also necessary. First of all, decide where the main board will be placed. You are entering your kitchen from the left or right side wall; whatever side remains on that wall side, you can fix your electrical main board where it is more convenient to switch on lights or a fan.
If your cooktop is electrical, you have to give that an electrical point. If you want to put a hob under the kitchen stove, then you can fix an electrical point under the kitchen platform. You need a 15-amp electric point. On the main platform or above the kitchen sink, you need an electric point for a water purifier. The main cooktop Just on top of it, you need a point for the chimney.
If you are keeping a mixer and some other things on the same platform, you can fix an electric point above the kitchen, and on a service counter, you can fix points above the kitchen platform or the platform tiles for oven and mixer usage. So this is very common; if you are using a dishwasher, then the dishwasher point is also fixed; the remaining things will be a special designing scenario.
Stones & Tiles for CounterTop
Ideally, I prefer three types of stones mostly used on kitchen countertops.
Stone: Granite is a non-porous natural material that has been tried and tested for several years. It works the best. The second one is the artificial G5 nanomaterial. This material’s color is milk white. The third one is vitrified slabs, which are artificial materials. These two artificial materials are very tough and also ideal for the kitchen.
Tiles: In a tile material, the vitrified slab is a very tough material, which is why it’s very difficult to make holes in the wall with a drilling machine. So you can select ceramic-based tiles for kitchens. These tiles are different varieties and also have different color combinations.
Should be Tiles placed Entire the Kitchen walls
It is quite ideal to put tiles on the walls of the entire kitchen, because in a kitchen where cooking generates smoke, oil splatters, etc., your kitchen walls have become dirty, and cleaning that wall is very difficult. If you apply tiles to the entire kitchen, it’s very good.
Now it’s very easy to clean and maintain your kitchen. Just keep in mind that the tiles should be kept simple if you are applying tiles in larger quantities and taking tiles that are very emphasized and white-focused, so your kitchen does not look good. Any plain color of tile applied to kitchen walls works best.
Tiles under the Kitchen Counter
Because under the kitchen we keep all goods like oil and we also conceal plumbing points, there are chances of water leaking from it.
Under the kitchen, you can place simple tiles, like plain white tiles that are available for Rs. 30 only. But these tiles are maintained and clean. It’s highly recommended.
Level of the Floor Under The Counter
Generally, builders place extra tiles. Just 8mm will be above the level of flooring; water does not go above that.
Builders give a 3-inch above-curve slab made from marble or other materials that’s very easy to clean and maintain on this side. In this case, your remaining space for the kitchen trolley’s height is short.
Ideal skirting for Kitchen Platform
If your kitchen platform’s height is decided by yourself, or if you are making a kitchen platform by yourself, then you have to take the sides below the skirting, and this is very ideal. But what is it? Even if the storage is reduced, it does not work for us in the Indian kitchen.
Sometimes we took out all the trolleys outside from the trolley and cleaned that space; even if we didn’t skirt, there is no issue.