If you are looking at getting a modular kitchen installed for your home, it is advisable to lay the granite counter after you meet with a modular kitchen specialist. In many Chennai homes/apartments, the kitchens are built with granite laid on top of a concrete slab. For a modular kitchen supplier, this is a concern because it restricts the space available for storage in base units. Also many good kitchen accessories which come in standard sizes cannot be incorporated in the design which could be a disappointment for many kitchen users. And installation is very tedious as each cabinet sizes need to be adjusted due to the height variation between the floor and the concrete slab. These kinds of kitchens are generally termed as semi-modular kitchen in India. The final output of a modular kitchen in comparison to a semi-modular is better.
Some say that a modular kitchen may not take the weight of the granite counter and hence concrete slab is necessary! Modular kitchen cabinets made with good quality plywood can support the granite counter top. Each cabinet are independent units and are joined together while installing and it will have adequate strength to support granite counter tops.
Some also say that a semi-modular kitchen is a cheaper option than a modular kitchen. If you are making full cabinets with shutters/drawers, then the costing for both remain the same. In fact the installation costs will be higher for semi-modular due to extra labour/man hours required. If you are only closing the front portion with shutters and frame work, then the costs are minimal but it cannot be considered as a semi-modular or modular kitchen.
If you intent to buy a modular kitchen, it is better to give an empty space so the kitchen designer can best conceptualise your kitchen space.
While there are many suppliers offering modular kitchen and most of them on the outset with similar finishes, prices, deliverables etc, the decision becomes difficult. How do you decide on your modular kitchen supplier? This would have been easier if there were clear differentiators!
First you need to clearly understand if the supplier is offering an actual ‘Modular Kitchen’! Even though there are many offering ‘Modular kitchen’ in india, most are not in real sense ‘Modular’! They use laminated panels which are cut as per size, brought to the site and joined together with nails, screws and glue as in a carpentry job, which is NOT a modular kitchen. There are fewer organised players in the market who can deliver a real modular kitchen; you should identify them first and visit their showroom.
It is important that the team at the modular kitchen showroom is knowledgeable and should be able to capture your unique needs. They should exhibit practical experience to provide viable solutions as per your requirements and site condition. The overall experience while visiting the showroom is a factor; their professional approach, the layout / range of displays, the way each is explained, accessories and appliances available, design and execution capabilities, warranties, after service, how your queries are handled etc. Assess if they have adequate personnel to handle different functions like design, coordination, deliveries, installation etc. You could also ask for references or see if you can talk to some of their customers to understand their reliability.
Overall buying experience can be a clear differentiator while deciding on your modular kitchen supplier.
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