What are built-in kitchens and how to install a built-in kitchen?
Most modern kitchen designs consist of built-in cabinetry and counter-tops, which provide extra storage and counter space in the kitchen. A lot of people nowadays whether in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai or Pune opt for these as they offer a lot of design options. They also offer a lot of convenience you can opt for an appropriate kitchen decor depending on the cost you want to incur. The systems consist of standard kitchen units and cabinets which are built and available in various materials, colors and finishing. They come with accessories and fit in various budgets as different cost ranges are available. Brands like Godrej, Sleek make nice designs. There are standard units for wall and floor and these take care that electrical appliances as well as various utensils can fit in properly. The built-in wardrobes can be especially beneficial for small houses with minimal space. You can also combine the kitchen area with the dining in order to save space. The modular units can be done in lesser time and budget than a complete custom built one.
How do you install a built-in kitchen?
The easiest way would be of course to hire a professional. If you choose to install it yourself, remember that a little preparation saves a lot of time. Firstly, make sure you have the suitable cabinets for your kitchen. Then, check everything and start to assemble and hang the wall cabinets and install base and high cabinets. Next, install the worktop, drawers, shelves and lighting. The finishing touches makes all the difference. Add some decorations on the shelves and some art on the wall, maybe even some fresh herbs that you could use in the kitchen and that will add some fresh greenery to your new modern kitchen.
What are the pros & cons of a built-in kitchen?
Simpler initial installation which can as easily be shifted around as you like just in case you get bored with the arrangement in the future. When it comes to separate built-in ovens and cook-tops, you can install a gas cook-top and electric wall oven. The built in kitchen appliances are visually integrated, which makes the room very comfortable aesthetically. They become practically invisible as they’re built into the room, leaving space for other furniture that you want to add. They tend to be appropriate for a variety of design styles, so you can freely include them in your innovative plans. They also vary in different sizes and colors according to your taste.
Devices such as coffee machines have the capability to be installed in the wall of a kitchen and tend to be extremely convenient, detracting from the clunkier option of using a freestanding device. The dishwasher drawers are small units that are capable of fitting under a counter and are quiet, efficient and take up less space than expected. Items such as blenders or food processors are now available to be installed directly into a counter-top; you simply need to attach the pitcher or the container to the drive in order to have an instant mixer at any time.
The product and installation costs are invariably higher compared to to the free standing appliances. If future repairs are required, this can be a more complicated and time consuming procedure. You may find it difficult to operate with them in the proper way if the built in kitchen appliances have overly complicated systems. The integrated nature of products makes it less likely you’ll want to upgrade and keep your kitchen in line with modern technologies. It could also be complicated and costly to change out in the future, possibly impacting cabinetry.
What are some materials & prices for built-in kitchens?
Modern kitchen cabinets can be made from different materials like wood or combinations of wood and laminate, granite and laminate or aluminium and marble. You can also use melamine or granite. Otherwise, suggest any other material that you might have in mind for a custom built cabinet.
The material for cabinets should be water resistant. Marine ply is a good cabinet material because of it's higher resistance to water. The other grades of plywood might not be water resistant so make sure while selecting.
Solid wood cabinets typically need a lot of care and regular polishing is needed to maintain the lustre. Any contact with water can cause solid wood to rot so you need to keep this in mind.
You should also ensure that the materials used have been treated for termites and other pests.
Mild steel cabinets get rusted if powder coating is not done. Mild steel above or near the stove area should be avoided as cabinets can get heated and opening them will become very difficult.
You should get good quality shutter hinges and drawer channels so that they do not get spoilt by rusting specially in monsoons.For drawers that shut on the lightest touch, get hydraulic hinges as they have a smooth mechanism. Smooves are a type of hinge that have a similar mechanism but are of a better quality and will be more expensive. 90 degree hinges for regular cabinets, 165 degree hinges are ideal for corner cabinets in L-shaped platforms.
Blumotion channels close at feather touch but never bang shut and hence the shutters are protected. Telescopic channels are very useful. The drawer with these channels open fully so items stored at the back can also be brought out easily. Bottom mounted channels should be avoided as they do not open completely.
Typical unit prices range between Rs 1 lakh and Rs. 25 lakhs, this depends on the style, look, materials and space. Some of the international luxury brands are more expensive and the rates can go from Rs. 2 crores to Rs. 5 crores depeding on your needs.
A branded basic one for 8ft * 10ft can cost Rs 2 lakhs. The accessories will also define the price. For example, if you add chimney or burner then the price will go up based on your choice. Installation for typical brands can take upto 15 days. Local Indian brands will be cheaper, however you should ensure that you do not compromise on material or design.
How do I design built-in kitchen seating?
Built-in kitchen seating can help you combine the kitchen area and the dining area. With this modern kitchen design the family can eat immediately after the food has been prepared!
You can get built-in fold-able kitchen tables that pop out from the wall and can be stored away when not used, and this is an excellent way to save space. You can also use a built-in table connected to the kitchen counter.
Use creative colour combinations for the built-in table and the kitchen furniture. For example, use a combination of benches, stools and chairs for your dining area. It could work quite well to delineate the kitchen and the living room.
To make it easier, use the window seating as one of the sides of the built-in table. Built-in booths, window seats and banquettes are great space-savers that offer somewhere stylish to sit. A window seat can also be a spot for the guests to perch while you cook ( you can artistically use the extra storage below)
What are the cabinets options for built-in appliances?
Kitchen cabinets that suit you and how you use your kitchen will save time and effort every time you cook. For example, the size of the refrigerators can have a big impact on your design. Microwaves are normally of the common size, so you can have a cabinet for your microwave.
To make your kitchen look neat and tidy, place all the electronic appliances or equipment tidy and well organized. Create convenient stations for appliances that are used infrequently. For appliances that you use more frequently like the toaster, can be tucked away for quick storage and easy pull-out.