Budget modular kitchen: Before you begin designing, decide on your budget- this can play a major role in zeroing in on the theme and the amount of customization that should go into the project.
Kitchen shape: Depending upon the size of the kitchen, you can decide on the shape and the appropriate space utilization. The most common types of kitchens are straight, L-shaped, U-shaped and parallel designs. Parallel design can be used for a relatively large space.
Material type and quality: Once you decide the budget and the design, you must then finalize what material should go into the making of your space. Some of the brands used for kitchen accessories are Sleek, Godrej, etc. If you speak to a modular kitchen designer, they will assist you on what material suits your kitchen best, according to the ambiance, usage, and budget. Based on popular opinion, here are some of the materials that are predominantly used for Indian kitchens:
- Wood/Plywood: Wood can be used for kitchens that require a deep finish and a classy look. Wood is very resilient and quite easy to maintain, which is why it remains as one of the popular choices for interior design. However, it is recommended that you keep wood out of your list if you happen to stay in highly humid areas, as it can cause mold and decay to occur over time.
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel offers a sleek, glossy finish. Stainless steel is highly resilient to damage and offers durability, thus making it a long lasting option through the years.
- Aluminum: Aluminum, just like stainless steel, is highly durable and offers a neat finish. The advantages of having an aluminum kitchen is the cost- the prices for installation and maintenance are significantly lower as compared to any other material. Aluminum is the primary go-to for commercial kitchen spaces.
- PVC: PVC is one of the cheapest and most reliable materials when it comes to the kitchen. PVC can be molded into any shape and is available for a wide range of colors, hence is a great option for customization.
- Granite: Granite is one of the richest materials used in kitchen designing. Granite counter tops can prove to be highly resistant to wear and tear. Granite offers a plush finish and is highly suitable for people who prefer deep undertones in their design.
- Ceramic: Ceramic is also one of the finer design elements that can be used to customize kitchenware. Ceramic is fragile but is known to last many years, if properly maintained. Ceramic crockery still remains to lead when it comes to kitchenware and accessories.
- Marble: Marble can be used when the client requires durability and an excellent finish. Marble is known to withstand atmospheric attacks and can be used as a perfect substitute for counter tops. Marble also comes in a variety of finishes and colors, thus making it ideal for those who look for customization.
- Wood Polymer Composite (WPC): Wood polymer composite is the perfect alternative for those who require a wood finish, but live in damp/humid conditions. With water resistant properties and low maintenance requirements, wood finish is for everyone now!
Height and depth of units: The height of the base units, wall units, and tall units is highly important to achieve a neat design of the kitchen from the usability perspective. Though there are set guidelines as to what the dimensions should be for ergonomically designed units, you can customize it according to your height.
Kitchen sink: The sink is an important aspect in the kitchen used for cleaning dishes, washing vegetables, and fruits. Aesthetically, sinks must have good width and depth so that it can accommodate all dishes with ease. Some of the materials used to build a sink are stainless steel, ceramic, granite, marble, and terrazzo. According to your requirement and weather conditions, faucets or taps could have both hot and cold-water outlets.