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Taking Care of Your Granite Countertop

Granite countertops are simply amazing! There’s a reason that people are usually drawn towards getting granite for their kitchen countertops – they are so strong, they don’t get scratched or chipped, and so long lasting! When it comes to durability of this stone, it comes second only to diamonds.

Modular Kitchens in Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Surat, and almost every other place is seeing granite countertops being used by most. All of that said, granite does need to be maintained – and it’s just minimum maintenance that it requires. A stone that looks so classy, while being bit expensive, but is such a one-time investment, these are a few maintenance tips that you would need to follow:

It requires a sealer

Your granite countertop would require a sealant, a solvent-based one, which you would need to apply using a soft cloth. Wait for a day after having applied the first coat, and then apply the second coat. This seal should be good for around a couple of years.

Caution from Stains

Your granite countertop is not stain resistant. But, using a sealant will actually allow you to clean up any spills, so that you can avoid getting your countertop stained, by giving you some extra time! Using acidic cleaners is not really recommended. So, avoid using vinegar over your counter. Use a sponge or a wet cloth, and simply rub off the stain.

Cleaning

You just need some water (not necessarily hot) and a mild soap to do the task. Using a powder cleaner or citrus-containing soap is not recommended.

If you are in the market, looking for a Modular kitchen in Rajkot, Krios Kitchens would be an absolutely great choice to make. Crafting kitchens with beautiful designs and ensuring the best functionality, Krios Kitchens is definitely the best supplier of modular kitchens!

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Modular Kitchens: Luxurious, yet Inexpensive!

The advantages of modular kitchens? Oh, so many there are! It’s a never ending list, that starts with things like the widest possible range of design options, a lot of space to work with, efficiency that it ensues, and definitely affordability.

And it’s good to know that modular kitchens in Surat are attaining more and more popularity, as the people there are getting more and more acquainted with the idea of affordable luxury.

These are a couple of reasons, as to why are modular kitchens inexpensive, even though they are clearly a step above the other kinds of kitchen, both aesthetically as well as efficiency-wise.

You get to choose all the modules
One of the biggest advantages that one gets by installing a modular kitchen, is the cost effectiveness. When you decide on getting a modular kitchen, you choose the design that you’d want to go for, and you choose the furniture, cabinetry, chimney, and everything else separately. You get to decide on the size and shape of various modules that you would want to go for, and consequently design your whole kitchen. It happens to be a really pocket friendly way to design kitchens, because you fill out the space in your kitchen according to what you think will fit, what would look good to you, and what would fill out the space in the most efficient manner; and especially because modular kitchens are almost completely maintenance free. Even during your day-to-day activities, you will realize that a modular kitchen doesn’t require much of your energy and time to keep it neat and clean.

There’s a modular kitchen possible for every budget out there!
And as you choose your own set of modules, you consequently have a say in the kind of money you’d want to spend. Whether you like the luxurious kind of furniture, a certain kind of cabinetry, or are you looking to have a modest kitchen with all the essentials that looks decent – your choice, and how much you want to spend, are the things that will decide your kitchen for you. You really can’t go wrong here. The other thing to know is that the market for modular kitchens being so competitive, you’ll find a lot of dealers giving you heavy discounts on certain things. So, you won’t even have to compromise too much on your style and your preferences. You will get just about the kind of kitchen that you want, and it will more often than not fit in your budget.

Going for modular kitchens instead of a traditional or civil one, is absolutely the smartest decision that a homemaker can make. If you too think the same way, and would like to have a modular kitchen in Surat, we at Krios Kitchens would love to help you build it! Book your appointment at the nearest showroom! Let’s build a kitchen, together!

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Using Veneer in Kitchen: Why or Why not?

Whether it’s for a modular kitchen in Vadodara, or Ahmedabad, or any other city in the country, while many people choose to go the solid wood-way, when it comes to deciding on the raw material to use in their modular kitchens, there are other lower-end options like plastic, metal, or veneer that are inexpensive, and fairly good.

Not as high priced as solid wood, veneer proves to be a much lower investment option, especially when it is for people who are buying their house for the very first time. It fits the budgets of people, quite easily.

Unlike wood, which is harvested, veneer is manufactured, and hance you many design options that you can go for. With pieces of veneer designed in a way that they showcase different kinds of wood finishes – even sometimes looking a little exotic than actual wood – you won’t find the same thing with solid wood.

With veneer, you will find a more uniform finish that will be easier to use if you choose to add the veneer-made furniture to an already decorated room. The veneer furniture is easier to match to other pieces.

The problem with veneer though is that manufacturers usually use particle board or MDF or some other such materials to provide a strong core to the furniture, and then use veneer, While it’s not such a bad thing, as these different materials mixed with glue and chemicals beneath the surface, makes the furniture itself much lighter and more manageable – it also makes it too vulnerable to get damaged easily. And often, the damages can’t be repaired.

If you have any other questions regarding modular kitchens design in Vadodara, you can contact Krios Kitchens, and the designers here would be more than happy to help!

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Using Solid Wood in the Kitchen: Why or Why not?

Whether you are interested in remodeling your kitchen, or getting a modular kitchen designed right from the scratch, you know it’s solid wood that’s your first choice when it comes to selecting the raw material to build it. Not just kitchen, but for any part of the house, the question that comes to mind isn’t really “which raw material to go for?”, but instead “whether to go for solid wood or not?”

True as it might be, that solid wood is the most popular material used in modular kitchens, especially when it comes to getting cabinets made; and the trend is being observed by the modular kitchens suppliers in Rajkot too. But popularity can’t be the only reason one selects an option. One has to know both the pros and cons, before making the final decision.

Solid wood furniture looks beautiful. The combination of contemporary and rustic that it creates is unmatchable. Furniture made from solid wood, sure gives a classic touch to the interior of a room.

Built to perfection, solid wood is strong, durable, and resilient by its very nature. It literally lasts for generations. Even if it starts showing a little bit of an age, after ages, it can be easily refinished.

It can withstand a lot of wear and tear, and requires very less to no maintenance.

Though it looks amazing, it does cost a lot too. The initial investment in getting wooden furniture made is a bit more than other materials.

While wooden furniture is durable, it is also quite heavy. If yours is a family that moves a lot, ten you might want to rethink about using solid wood for furniture.

A more natural way of getting manufactured than others like veneer, solid wood does have a great many qualities, and it does pose a few challenges too. If you’re interested in designing a modular kitchen in Rajkot, do contact Krios Kitchens – one of the best modular kitchen suppliers in Rajkot. Our team will gladly help you decide everything, right from raw material, to furniture design, to the kitchen design itself!

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Types of Kitchen Countertops

With people getting more and more familiar with the concept of modular kitchens, and not just in showrooms and magazines, but in a more practical manner – the things that make a kitchen, kitchen, are what people are interested in knowing about. And this is the question that modular kitchen suppliers in Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and every other major city is helping people get a good answer to.

One of the most important things that you look for in a modular kitchen, is the countertop. What a countertop does in a kitchen, is absolutely clear. But, what material would help it be more a part of the kitchen, help getting all the work done, and be as less-maintenance as possible – those are the questions that we’ll help you answer by describing a few various materials that you you could use in building the countertop.

Granite
When it comes to building or remodeling kitchen countertops, Granite always makes the top of the list of potential raw materials. While it does give a kitchen an air of sophistication and looks expensive – it does in fact cost a bit more than others. That said, granite, if installed properly and sealed good too – your countertop is going to last a long time. Available in so many different patterns, designs, and colors, you can definitely think about getting this one.

Solid surfaces
Countertops with solid surfaces, like those made out of Swanstone or Corian are great, as they can endure scratches and chips, better than some others; but they are not heat resistant, making them a little unsuitable for keeping say, hot pan on them. They don’t stain easily, and needless to say, they come tough.

Quartz
Something that is better than granite, when it comes to the colors in which it is available, scratch resistance property, and most importantly – something that doesn’t have a porous surface. That’s quartz. But, obviously, it’s quite expensive – more expensive than granite. So, make your choice accordingly.

Laminate
A good option for your countertop would be laminate. It doesn’t just come with a smooth surface that is easy to clean, but being made from plastic-coated synthetic material, this one can be easily cut to size, is inexpensive, and great if you like to change things every few years. With laminate surfaces though, the problem is with them getting chips and scratches quite easily – and they’re almost impossible to repair.

Stainless steel
Contemporary kitchens, you’ll see, employ stainless steel. While steel makes countertops more durable, resilient, and give them a beautiful and seamless look – you might find them noisy, expensive, and could even get dented, if hit hard enough. Also, you obviously won’t be able to cut on steel surface.

If you’re looking to build modular kitchens in Surat, please contact Krios Kitchens – one of the best modular kitchen suppliers in Surat, and our team will get back to you!

Modular Kitchens: Types of Filters

It goes without saying, that chimneys are such an integral part of every kitchen, whether or not modular. A chimney is nothing without its filter. And to know which chimney would suit your kitchen the best, to know which chimney would you like to get from your modular kitchen supplier in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, or any other city, you’d need to know about the filters that are used in them.

Mesh Filter
The name of this filter comes from the fact that it has layers of Aluminium that overlap each other. The holes in the mesh are really small, letting pass air which brings with it grime and oil, that sticks to the filter. This is why a mesh filters need regular cleaning with soap and warm water, at least every fortnight, as they get clogged, affecting the chimney’s performance, reducing the suction power of the chimney. Mesh filter, especially in Indian homes, where the food is cooked with many spices, is a bit high maintenance.

Baffle Filter
Just like mesh filter, this one too has layers of aluminium (or steel) overlapped with each other; but unlike a mesh filter, the layers overlap in a way that changes the direction of airflow. Great for Indian kitchens, baffle filter separates oil and spices from the smoke, making use of ‘cut and chop’ technology. And so, the suction power of the chimney isn’t affected much at all. When it comes to cleaning, it needs to be cleaned every 5 to 6 months. It does get rusted with use, and after 4 to 5 years, the filter would need to be changed.

Charcoal Filters
Very good to absorb odor, this one, just like the name says, uses a block with charcoal granules. The size of those granules and the filter’s thickness is what decides the absorption capacity. Used in ductless chimneys, you might not find these in the in-built ones, but you could get them by paying an extra cost for them. Every 3 to 6 months, depending on how much cooking takes place in the kitchen, you would need to replace the filter, as it can’t be washed.
If you’re looking for modular kitchen suppliers in Vadodara, do contact Krios Kitchens, and our team will help you design and build your dream kitchen!

Modular Kitchens: Types of Chimneys

Every kitchen needs a chimney. But, Indian kitchens especially need a good chimney – simply because of the type of food that we cook – made from all the spices, that fill up the air in the kitchen, and leave an odor that is hard to get rid of.

And that’s why, all the modular kitchen suppliers in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat, and every city out there know well, that modular kitchens without fully functional chimneys will always be incomplete.

To know what kind of chimney your kitchen would have best suited to it, one should know the types of chimneys there are. There are two types of chimneys, if you categorize them on the basis of installation:

Ducting Chimney
The filter that gets utilized in ducting or extracting chimneys is usually either mesh or baffle filter. The smoke, when passes through it, leaves the grime and grease adhered to the pores in the filter, and expels out of the duct or pipe made out PVC. The suction power is affected by how the length of the hose pipe, and also the number of bends in it.

Ductless Chimney
A ductless chimney is tightly called a recycling chimney as well, because it recycles the smoke, and circulates it back into the kitchen. When the smoke enters the filter, which is a charcoal filter in this case, the grease gets trapped in the filter holes, while the charcoal granules absorb the odor and heat from it, and finally circulate back the purified air.

You can also typify chimneys, based upon their functionality:

Conventional Chimneys
Just like the name suggests, conventional chimneys are the ones that simply try to keep the kitchen environment fresh, and are available in both ducting as well as ductless models. The design of these chimneys is mostly straight-line.

Contemporary Chimneys:
Contemporary chimneys also perform the same basic function, but they come in various designs, that you can choose from – depending on your kitchen interiors and your total budget.

Again, they have hoods that come in various designs:

Wall canopy
The most common type of hoods, they hang over the stove, while the chimney itself is fixed onto the wall. They further come in different designs.

Downdraft chimney
Very sleek and stylish, this one has a button to go with it,which if pushed – the hood pops up over the stove, and when pushed again – it retracts.

Island canopy
If you have hobs or countertop cooking range, this one would be the perfect choice for you. Island canopy is fixed on the ceiling – looking at it, it seems like it’s hanging from nowhere.

Built-in or integrated hood
Blending well with the kitchen interior, a built-in or integrated one remains well hidden behind or even under the cabinets. This one goes well with any kind of kitchen interior.

To know more about modular kitchens, you can contact one of the fastest growing modular kitchen suppliers in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, and Bhavnagar – Krios Kitchens. And our team will be more than happy to help you out!

Types of Kitchen Countertops

With people getting more and more familiar with the concept of modular kitchens, and not just in showrooms and magazines, but in a more practical manner – the things that make a kitchen, kitchen, are what people are interested in knowing about. And this is the question that modular kitchen suppliers in Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and every other major city is helping people get a good answer to.

One of the most important things that you look for in a modular kitchen, is the countertop. What a countertop does in a kitchen, is absolutely clear. But, what material would help it be more a part of the kitchen, help getting all the work done, and be as less-maintenance as possible – those are the questions that we’ll help you answer by describing a few various materials that you you could use in building the countertop.

Granite
When it comes to building or remodeling kitchen countertops, Granite always makes the top of the list of potential raw materials. While it does give a kitchen an air of sophistication and looks expensive – it does in fact cost a bit more than others. That said, granite, if installed properly and sealed good too – your countertop is going to last a long time. Available in so many different patterns, designs, and colors, you can definitely think about getting this one.

Solid surfaces
Countertops with solid surfaces, like those made out of Swanstone or Corian are great, as they can endure scratches and chips, better than some others; but they are not heat resistant, making them a little unsuitable for keeping say, hot pan on them. They don’t stain easily, and needless to say, they come tough.

Quartz
Something that is better than granite, when it comes to the colors in which it is available, scratch resistance property, and most importantly – something that doesn’t have a porous surface. That’s quartz. But, obviously, it’s quite expensive – more expensive than granite. So, make your choice accordingly.

Laminate
A good option for your countertop would be laminate. It doesn’t just come with a smooth surface that is easy to clean, but being made from plastic-coated synthetic material, this one can be easily cut to size, is inexpensive, and great if you like to change things every few years. With laminate surfaces though, the problem is with them getting chips and scratches quite easily – and they’re almost impossible to repair.

Stainless steel
Contemporary kitchens, you’ll see, employ stainless steel. While steel makes countertops more durable, resilient, and give them a beautiful and seamless look – you might find them noisy, expensive, and could even get dented, if hit hard enough. Also, you obviously won’t be able to cut on steel surface.

If you’re looking to build modular kitchens in Surat, please contact Krios Kitchens – one of the best modular kitchen suppliers in Surat, and our team will get back to you!

Modular Kitchen Cabinets: Are they Really a Smart Purchase?

We live in a world that is less than perfect. In an ideal world, we would have wanted to have cabinets that were custom-made and custom-fitted. But, instead we see the modular kitchen cabinet industry growing at a really great pace.

People all over are going for the modular option. Not just a phenomenon outside of India, but even our country is seeing this unprecedented growth. Taking the state of Gujarat itself, the concept of modular kitchens in Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Bhavnagar, and other major cities is getting more and more established by the day – and so is the idea of modular kitchen cabinets.

Here are a few reasons for the growing popularity of modular kitchen cabinets, and the dwindling demand of the alternatives:

  • Because the other option is to go for cabinets that are custom-made. These are the kind that make it difficult to renovate the kitchen afterwards – you’d have chosen cabinets that would perfectly match the interiors of your kitchen – and when you go for a total revamp, you would probably not able to use those same cabinets.
  • Also, they are too expensive; it is difficult to afford the kind of artistic flair that these custom-made cabinets are able to showcase. And it’s even more burdensome on your pockets, because you know that a renovation in the future will further stress your wallet.
  • But, even though our world might not be the absolute perfection that we might expect it to be at times, it is still fabulous! At least when it comes to the cabinetry we use in our kitchens, we sure do have a fantastic alternative!
  • Modular kitchen cabinets are the answer to this. For so much less than the kind of money that you would have to spend otherwise, modular kitchen cabinets would give you an option that would be a great fit for your kitchen.
  • These are the kind of cabinets that are ready to get installed as soon as you them out of their ‘boxes’. They are your best friends when it comes to renovating your kitchen – because they’ll easily blend in with a new set of interiors.
  • Available in so many different colors, sizes, and designs, you will be spoilt for choices! With the right choices, you will be easily able to create a luxurious and custom-made high-end look with modular kitchen cabinets too. With designs available for all kinds of looks – contemporary, modern, rustic, classic, and what not – you won’t find yourself with a dearth of options, ever.

An ideal world, as we were discussing, would probably have people leaning more towards a more high-end cabinetry. But, it’s good that we’re not living in that ideal world – or we wouldn’t have found something as effective, as aesthetically pleasing, and a lot more maintenance-free, at a far lower price!

If you’re looking to get yourself a modular kitchen in Vadodara, we at Krios Kitchens would love to help you out!

 

Interior Designing your House? Start With your Kitchen!

Why start with the kitchen?

Kitchen, in every home, is more than just the place where you cook your food. Kitchen is truly an abode – your home inside the home! If you’re thinking about renovating your house, or even if you’re designing it right from the scratch, your kitchen would be a great place to begin from. Kitchen is that one place that you use extensively on a regular basis. Cooking is one of those things that isn’t just a regular activity that one does mechanically everyday, but it needs a certain atmosphere, a certain ambience too. And that’s why remodeling a kitchen needs a lot of thought put into it; and as people owing a modular kitchen in Surat would amply agree, having a modular kitchen makes things not juts easier, but makes the whole process more effective, and much more fun.

How to balance aesthetics and functionality?

We already said that it’s easier to work with kitchens that are modular in nature – and we absolutely stand by that statement. Starting with the functionality, these kitchens are tailor-made for the people who use them, helping in making the process of cooking more interesting and delightful. Whether it’s the appliances that you’d like to fit in, the perfect work triangle that you’d like to work within, or the accessories that you’d like your kitchen to own – everything is possible – easily possible.

Aesthetics would again depend upon the person’s style, the kind of interior decoration they’d like for their whole house to have, and be such that doesn’t interfere with the utility of the kitchen – rather, maintains a good balance with it.

Some of the pointers could be:

  • While cabinets should be placed according to how frequently one uses them, and according to the height of the user – the materials used to make those cabinets should also give a good aesthetic touch to the kitchen area.
  • Colors chosen to paint the kitchen should not just be aesthetically pleasing, but should have a certain agreeable effect on the person who has to cook the food – who uses the area every day.
  • There must be a chimney – that is necessary; but the kind of chimney to have would be decided by how much cooking happens on the hob.
  • Things that appear smaller in the larger scheme of things, such as types of faucets used in the kitchen – are actually really important. Whether you use a pull-out faucet, or a pull-down one, or a double handle faucet – it totally depends upon you and your kitchen.

These are few tips on designing or re-designing your modular kitchen, If you own a modular kitchen in Surat, or would like to own one, we at Krios Kitchens would always be happy to take care of your queries and help you out!