HYDERABAD: ‘Built-in’ as a concept which has tiptoed into the lives of Indian households not very long ago, has witnessed a sharp upward swing in both popularity and demand. More and more people are switching from traditional kitchens to easy-to-manage and sophisticated ones.
Today, kitchens have moved from a mere space to make food to places that reflect your personality and your passion for good living. The increasing importance we have begun to attach to a kitchen’s style and class has made it the most important room in our homes more ways than one. An open kitchen refrains people from blocking it from the rest of the house with walls and doors thereby providing them a good opportunity of displaying their swanky and chic kitchens.
Built-in appliances and modular kitchens
A modular kitchen lets you dismantle the whole kitchen, move it to a new apartment and fix it all over again. For example while purchasing a new home, say you are given an empty room with just the requisite number of plug points and plumbing points. You will need no more than 2-3 days to set up a modular kitchen which can be dismantled in case you are planning refurbishments or shifting residence. The entire idea behind a modular kitchen is to save space by creating sliding cabinets and using efficient, modern appliances. Built-in appliances are a part of your modular kitchen simply because of their sheer efficiency and style quotient. A built-in appliance brings confidence and style to your life at home. World class built-in kitchen appliances are designed to bring you maximum flexibility and co-ordinate with all your other appliances. They make a perfect modular kitchen for your home.
Advantages of built-in kitchens:
Convenience and comfort: Built-in appliances not only blend in seamlessly, but also increase the level of accessibility. The built-in capability makes huge appliances smaller and compact. It offers you the flexibility of pairing appliances next to each other. Therefore, one can select the best combination of appliances and features to suit your style of cooking, making chores in the kitchen much more convenient. Today built-in gas hobs are equipped with the latest in high-speed wok burner technology and are designed for comfortable handling. So whether your preference is for classic high quality stainless steel, or for a fashionably modern “gas on glass” model, one can find a range of hobs range for your modern kitchen. Built-in induction hobs bring advantages such as speed, economy of use and safety to your kitchen.
Balance of design and function: A balance of design and function are two elements that can enhance the effectiveness of a kitchen. One must opt for built-in range of ovens that have multi-functional options that allow you to cook without taking efforts to bend down to taste, season or stir. Built-in ovens are a big hit among large families, young mothers or cooks who love to entertain.
Space maximisation: The more spacious a kitchen, the more effective it is. Built-in wine coolers and built-in dishwashers are designed in a way that they are installed under a counter and take up no kitchen space. These built-in models are available in a wide array of design styles and sizes that match kitchen decors and fit budgets.
Seamless Blend: All kitchen appliances must integrate beautifully to blend into the kitchen fittings. One popular trend is having refrigerators blend in with the cabinetries so that they disappear into the walls. Built-in appliances make this possible for your kitchen by blending into its design and creating a sleek and stylish look
These products are priced between the ranges of Rs 29,000 to Rs 7,00,000.
(Ajaz Vakil, general manager, Siemens Home Appliances)