When we think about home construction or remodeling our home interiors, one of the biggest concerns is the kitchen design. No Indian household is really complete without a kitchen design. With changing technology and evolving innovations, kitchen design and interiors are not far from bringing us the perfect combination of traditional use with a modern touch.
A modular kitchen is not just an idea to think of when you have sufficient funds at your disposal, but it has become the need of the hour. In today’s fast-growing world where everyone is busy and too tied up with work, nobody really wants to come home and chase for containers and spices after chasing targets at work.
That is where a modular kitchen comes in. It is a fact that, on average, a kitchen is used for 2-3 hours per day in a normal Indian household. It is not just a benefit but has also helped in making the life of an average Indian much easier.
Before we discuss the types of kitchens and the various designs you can choose from, let’s start with the basics.
First, what do you actually mean by a modular kitchen? A modular kitchen consists of multiple cabinets, kitchen countertops, compartments, and shelves that use minimum space but offer large storage.
This type of kitchen setup is not only ideal, but you get to choose from a variety of designs, placing, and the amount of storage you are looking for. A modular kitchen setup is ideal for those having small spaces as this modular kitchen set can be set according to the space you have without compromising on storage.
If you are planning to go with a modular kitchen for your next home, you have come to the right place to get the full gist of it. Floma Homes is here to help you with any and every home interior solution to all your problems.
Types of Modular Kitchen Layout and Prices
Let’s look at the various types of modular kitchen types that can suit you according to your budget and kitchen space layout. There are four primary types of modular kitchen layouts ideal for any Indian household.
1. L-shaped modular kitchen
This popular kitchen design features right-angle counters that form an ‘L’ shape, making it ideal for smaller households. This design works well in homes with a square kitchen layout. Small kitchen corners are successfully utilized with this modular kitchen arrangement, which also provides many storage possibilities. The length of the counters can be adjusted to fit the layout.
2. A-line straight shape kitchen
This sort of kitchen design, commonly known as a single-wall layout, is ideal for studio apartments and bachelor pads. This concept utilizes the smallest amount of kitchen space while maintaining efficiency.
The cooktop, cupboards, and accessories all occupy only one wall in this home kitchen design, making it a space-saving design. Compared to other kitchen layouts, it appears to be a cost-effective solution. Furthermore, the white-hued kitchen cabinets give the impression of more space.
3. U-shaped Kitchen Layout
This sort of kitchen is most commonly found in large homes and is one of the most efficient to work in. The counters in this design are set along with three of the kitchen’s walls, producing a letter ‘U’ shape. This design is adaptable and works well in both small and large kitchens. In comparison to other layouts, it will allow for more storage cabinets.
Aside from the ample storage space provided by the kitchen cabinet design, the abundance of higher, lower, and tall units, as well as sufficient counter space make this kitchen arrangement ideal for cooking when there are numerous people in the kitchen at the same time.
4. Kitchen Island
Including an additional island counter, you may enhance the aesthetic of a single-wall kitchen, as well as L-shaped and U-shaped kitchen designs. The standalone unit can be customized with a sink or used as an eating place with beautiful pendant lighting.
5. Parallel Kitchen Layout
Another practical kitchen arrangement is this one, which can simply be separated into two distinct pieces as needed. The counters are designed along two walls that face each other in this kitchen arrangement.
For limited kitchen areas in small homes, parallel kitchen or galley-style layouts work well. There is plenty of counter and storage space in the kitchen, as well as plenty of freedom to walk around. In large apartments, parallel kitchen layouts are common. When working in the kitchen, the corridor provides for simple movement.
The general prices for these kitchen layouts range from Rs 50,000/- and can go up to Rs 3,50,00/-. The price can vary depending on the material and items you choose.
What should you know while installing a modular kitchen setup?
Other than the fair price, there are also many small things that can make a huge difference in your budget when selecting a modular kitchen layout. Let’s go from the ground up to understand some of these small elements.
1. Material and Finishes
Compared to other materials like MDF, HDF, or particleboard, Marine plywood is an ideal choice for the kitchen. When it comes to finishing options, laminate and acrylic are common choices. The cost of Marine plywood would determine the modular kitchen price.
For areas such as kitchens, choosing low-maintenance materials is critical. Cabinets made of wood and glass are a good choice, as are stainless sinks that are easy to clean. However, you also need to think of the maintenance of the material you choose.
While having cabinets made of wood and glass is appealing, you also need to be prepared to keep in clean and away from moisture for them to be in good condition for a longer time.
2. Kitchen Countertops
When you are spending an average of two to three hours in the kitchen, having a comfortable countertop height is very important. Normally, Indian households have a countertop height between 800mm to 825mm.
This is just a fair number judging by the number of projects Floma Homes has completed in the last seven years. But it is also better to go ahead with the average height that is ideal for most of the family members or at least for those who’d be spending the most time in the kitchen.
While there is a wide range of countertop materials that you can choose from, it all depends on the end look you have idealized and if that selection falls within your budget. Natural tiles like marble and granite are quite popular when it comes to kitchen countertops.
The average price for these materials will cost starting from Rs 120 to Rs 250 per sq ft, and if you plan for marble, the starting cost is Rs 1500 and can go up to Rs 3000 depending on the property and the design of the tile.
3. The Golden Triangle
The size of your kitchen will determine the style of kitchen layout you choose. It is critical to consider the kitchen work triangle concept while installing a modular kitchen. The three focus areas of the kitchen – the kitchen sink, the storage unit, and the cooking range – should ideally be situated strategically.
These three items are strategically positioned in a well-designed kitchen to maximize efficiency. A perfect triangle is formed by placing the stove and fridge opposite to each other, with the sink in the middle or corner.
4. Ventilation and Lighting – The key elements for a modular kitchen!
In every kitchen, proper ventilation is required to exhaust cooking odors and allow fresh air to enter. Allowing smoke to collect within the room is not a good idea. As a result, adding a chimney or an exhaust fan is essential.
Make sure the kitchen window opens onto a balcony or a washing area when the house is being built. It’s also crucial to ensure there’s enough natural light during the day. Opt for the latest lighting trends, such as overhead or under-cabinet lighting.
When it comes to kitchen safety, slick-proof tiles and curved countertop edges are just a few of the options.
Pros and Cons of having a Modular Kitchen
With so much said about the prices, layout designs, and layout types, like everything, every modular kitchen has a few pros and cons.
- Easy to assemble – As most of the modular kitchen elements are designed as individual elements, it’s easy to move them around and set them up. If you have a small kitchen for which you have planned a modular kitchen style, you can assemble it yourself.
- Custom designs – Who doesn’t love a well-organized drawer for the smallest of your home silverware? Get a custom-made drawer according to your requirement and use it. This is not possible when you go with the traditional style kitchen.
- Storage options – With a modular kitchen, you get to choose what to do with the space you have remaining. You can either get custom-made cabinets for more storage or have a foldable countertop that is efficient to use.
- Convenient to get – As these units are manufactured in the factory, all you have to do is decide on the position and then set them up. Nowadays, most modular kitchen units have wheels for better movement and setting up.
- Cost – When compared to a traditional kitchen setup, the cost involved in getting a modular kitchen setup is on the higher side.
- Maintenance – With so many cabinets and single units, keeping them clean and functional from time to time can be a bit of a hassle.
- Delicate design – As these units are factory-made and easy to install, the material may not be ideal for rough usage.
How can Floma help in getting your kitchen transformed from a conventional kitchen layout to an easy-to-use modular kitchen layout?
Floma Homes has completed over 50 home interiors and home renovation projects in and around Pune. So, our team is very capable of handling any questions you have for use when it comes to home interiors and not just kitchen interiors.
Floma Homes can assist you from the very start, which is civil work of your kitchen space to designing the layout that suits you the best according to your usage and your budget.
When it comes to material selection, we guarantee you to get the best of the best at the most affordable price.
Why wait for more when Floma Homes is just a call away? Check out our finished projects and what our clients have to say about our work on Floma Homes. Get started on your next modular kitchen project with Floma Homes!