There is a famous Gujarati proverb,
Surat nu jaman ane Kashi nu maran which translates to
eat in Surat and die in Kashi. This adage defines the spirit of Surat and its endless love for food, family and festivity. So the city where food is a cult and celebration means feasting with family and friends; cooking obviously becomes a way of life and a medium to stay connected with the loved ones. A well-planned comfortable kitchen is not a luxury but a prerequisite necessity in Surat homes. With flourishing diamond and textiles business and Microsoft and IBM having chosen to make the city smart, Surat is the city of rich; so spending lavishly to build the luxurious kitchen with all the modern amenities is not an issue. So, follow our suggestions and plan a perfect kitchen for your Surati home.
Kitchen design includes floor planning, plumbing, electrical points and fittings, kitchen gadgets and gadget garage, gas pipeline, kitchen chimney, exhaust fan, sink, layout (L-shaped, U-shaped, G-shaped, parallel or island kitchen), doors and windows, counter-tops, backsplash, floor and wall tiles, furniture… the list goes on. The attractiveness and comfort of kitchen also depends on the kitchen style, i.e. whether it is traditional or contemporary kitchen or wooden or high-lustre kitchen. So while designing a kitchen focus is on comfort and functionality, but the aesthetics and glam quotient cannot be ignored since substantial amount of the homemaker's time is spent in kitchen.
Like any proficient professional, kitchen planners with their insight and technical knowledge can bring the best out of the space available and budget assigned for your kitchen.
Producing the plan: Planning of kitchen-units starts with the floor plan of the new building. Brainstorming begins there and the kitchen planners come out with the best plan for the kitchen in 2D and 3D render. It's the virtual model of the future kitchen and any alteration can be done even before the construction begins thus saving time and money. The planning for renovation of old kitchen will be different from building a new kitchen. If structural changes are to be made in the existing kitchen, it will be expensive since all the previous electrical and plumbing works has to be changed. So, discuss about your budget and the kitchen planner will come up with renovation plans that will suit you best.
The layout and style: The most important aspect of kitchen layout is planning the best position of kitchen triangle, i.e. the position of cook top, sink and refrigerator. U-shape, rectangular and L-shaped are quite popular layout in Surat homes since kitchens are relatively larger in size in most of the houses. However, island and open kitchens has gained immense popularity in modern homes of Global Surtis. The inputs from planners will maximize the space utilization without compromising with the aesthetics and your personal style in the kitchen.
Kitchen furniture and appliances: This is the most visible and practical feature of the kitchen. Apart from keeping it organized, it can be harnessed to style the kitchen and bring in colours into the space. Traditional with framed and timeless wooden doors or contemporary sleek and shiny cabinets, white marble countertop or black granite, suggestions from a professional will assist in making the right decision especially in the coastal climate of Surat. Fixing the right place for gadget in kitchen saves on time and energy. With years of experiences, the planners know best where to build the gadget garage for numerous kitchen gadgets like dishwasher, oven, microwave, mixer, toasters, etc.
Combining the colours: The most exhilarating and of course confusing part of kitchen design is selecting the right colour combination for walls and furniture. Whether you are going for single colour or a medley of colours, it will have an impact on the look, feel and mood of the space. However, lighter tone will suit best in Surat's climate which is moderate all through the year.
Plumbing and electrical fittings: Whether it is a new kitchen or renovating the old one, in modern homes electrical wiring and water pipelines are concealed so it should be planned well. Any mistake will cause inconvenience and correcting it will be an expensive affair.
Designing a comfortable kitchen begins with planning which is a challenging task. Whether it's a new kitchen or renovating the existing one, building a kitchen can be the most expensive room of the house. It will cost somewhere between Rs.1000-2000 per square foot and this is the basic figure. As a homeowner we know what we need in our kitchen, but we are not trained nor have expertise to design it to optimize the space and comfort. The professional planners have the knowledge about the latest innovation in designs and modules of modular kitchen and the best place from where to procure the materials. They have work force and contacts with contractors and know the nuisance of the trade and how to handle it in the best possible way. Hiring them will be a one time investment which may become a recurring cost if done on our own due to ignorance. Building a kitchen will cost somewhere between Rs 1.5-2 lakhs. Kitchen planners usually charge 7-10% of the total project cost. The services they will provide in lieu of the fees are worth spending for.
Work with kitchen planner start with consultation. This helps the professional to understand about your requirements, budget and aspiration. The layout, style, colour combination, cabinetry and fixtures and the pricing will be discussed in details. Based on these the designer will create a plan and 2D/3D design model for you to approve. Once the design is approved and contract signed, the planner may ask for advance which will be 5-10% of the total value of the project. Building a new kitchen will take 2-4 weeks depending on the size and complexity of the design chosen. Renovation will take more time since the kitchen will be demolished before rebuilding it. It may take 2-6 weeks.
The kind and heart-warming people of Surat are always ready to support and help you out when in need. To find the best kitchen planner you can ask from your neighbours, friends or relatives or go online and browse through the directory of homify India website to get the best professional kitchen planner in Surat. You can check the profile and images of completed projects to get an idea of their work. Now you just have to fill up a simple online form and get the quote from the professionals.