The modular kitchen fad has been taking over the market by the storm. Whenever we come across a nicely finished modular kitchen, the urge to have our kitchen upgraded or redone grows. The question then arises, should one go for a factory-made, branded modular kitchen or have it done by the carpenter. While both the types are sustaining in the market, the key query arises as to how to pick one. To settle the confusion, the following article discusses both the types in detail based on factors such as design, finishes, durability, installation, efficiency, costing and maintenance–
Modular kitchens or factory-made kitchens are practically manufactured part by part in the factories and are later assembled on site. These have gained popularity in the last decade, so much so that most of us want to have a modular kitchen unit in our homes. To make the choice clear, let’s get to know the features of a modular kitchen –
Also, take a read to 7 Things to Know Before Installing a Modular Kitchen and Do's and Don't while installing a Modular Kitchen.
The possibilities of design for a modular kitchen are vast depending on the space, layout, brand innovations, personal choices and inspirations. The modular kitchen is designed in a way to effectively use every millimeter of the available space efficiently.
Read Open Kitchen vs. Closed Kitchen, Which suits the best for Indian Homes? when deciding between the two.
Modular kitchens tend to have a neat and crisp finish to them. The use of materials to the surface finish can be accommodated based on the user’s requirements and choices. Modular kitchens have an overall sleek finish thus imparting a sophisticated look to the kitchen. The finish is of the order that apart from getting neat edges, one can achieve the elements with perfect dimensional synchronization, owing to the machine-made factor of the modular kitchens.
These are usually quite durable and last for many years with the right kind of care. There might be times though, if you compromise with the brand or money, it might affect the quality of the material, thus affecting the durability. Be cautious of what you choose and don’t ignore the fine print.
The modular kitchens are known for their efficiency in a lot of spheres. They are very efficient when it comes to the usage of space in addition to storage. The accessories and units of the modular kitchens are such that they help in increasing the storage space on the whole. The other factor that makes them efficient is organization. The kitchen accessories help in compartmentalizing thereby resulting in better organization of the kitchen goods.
The ease of maintenance is directly proportional to the quality of the materials and hardware used. If the materials and finishes are of good quality, the modular kitchens are certainly a little easy to maintain. On the other hand, if the materials have been compromised upon, the maintenance of the kitchen can take a toll on the user. With the modularity on the path of advancement, it would even become difficult to find a spare part if your hardware goes bad.
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6. Assembling and reassembling
Modular kitchens are easy to assemble. All the manufactured parts are delivered and installed on-site by the experts. These can even be dismantled and reassembled easily, thus prove to be advantageous in scenarios where the users move around a lot. The entire kitchen can be dismantled and packed. What’s more, the process is fast and saves a lot of time when compared with the carpenter-made kitchen.
The modular kitchens, without a second thought, fall a little expensive when compared to the conventional carpenter-made kitchens. The quality, build and finishes add to the cost of the kitchen. Be prepared to shell out more money than a carpenter-made kitchen but for a reduced hassle, better organization and efficiency.
Carpenter Made Modular Kitchen
Today carpenter-made kitchens can feel like factory-made modular kitchens when it comes to looks and designs. But conventionally carpenter-made kitchens are the ones that are made from part to whole on the site itself. Though the modular kitchens have their fandom, these have not lost their charm. To make a clear choice, the following are the features of a carpenter made kitchen –
The possibilities of design when it comes to a carpenter-made kitchen are slightly more than with modular kitchens. Owing to the flexibility with the hands-on approach one can experiment with an array of designs and themes. The manipulations and adjustments can also be factored in the design if required. The design is your baby in this case and you can oversee the process personally therefore any sort of alteration and customization can be done at any step.
Dimensions are important, read 8 Standard Kitchen Measurements, You Must Know.
The finishes are dependent on the skill of the carpenter and the choice of materials. They might not be as perfect and neat when compared to modular kitchens. Nonetheless, if you can appreciate the skill of the carpenter and a hands-on approach to your kitchen, you might want to go for a carpenter-made kitchen. These give you a better range of materials and finishes to choose from. In a nutshell, the finish can be amazing or questionable, depending on the skill of your carpenter.
Tip – Choose a carpenter with a proven skillset.
The durability would depend on the quality of materials and hardware you choose for your kitchen. One can be in total control of this domain when considering a carpenter-made kitchen. Always use good quality materials for a long-lasting and efficient kitchen.
When compared with modular kitchens, carpenter-made kitchens are considered less efficient when it comes to space utilization and storage organization. But, when you are in charge of managing the space of your kitchen, it totally is at your discretion to select the right accessories to make your kitchen more efficient. The accessories and hardware are all available to equip a kitchen better. However, a slight difference would always be there because of the basic factor of machine-made vs hand-made.
Overall maintenance and cleaning are a little harder as everything is fixed and built-in. Thus, dismantling and cleaning it is not a possibility, leading to unwanted grime in unreachable locations of your kitchen. To a large extent, the ease of maintenance depends on the type of fixtures, materials and details that are being used in your kitchen.
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6. Assembling and Reassembling
It takes a lot of time to assemble, as everything is created on the site part by part. In this case, the assembly can be messy and time consuming. This type of kitchen is hard to dismantle and reassemble.
The beauty of carpenter-made kitchens is that you can work and make your own budget for the kitchen. Carpenter-made kitchens when compared to modular kitchens would fall cheaper, but the costs can go haywire depending on the whims of the carpenter.
To avoid any surprises relating to cost be sure to factor in the margins and contingencies when creating a budget for your kitchen.
To conclude I would say that whether you go for a modular kitchen or a carpenter-made kitchen, you should analyze the pros and cons of both against your requirements and pattern of usage. The above article discusses the two types on seven broad and practical features, but the rest depends on your personal likings and habits. To sum it up -While Modular kitchens are what you see and pay for and seldom end up surprising you, Carpenter-made kitchens are unseen visualizations that may or may not take you by surprise.
Choose wisely and make a well-informed decision. We would certainly love to read about your thoughts and experiences regarding the two types. Please feel free to share them with us in the comments below!
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