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Get set to cook in style

Bhubaneswar, Sept. 8: The idea of managing space in the kitchen has caught up with a lot of people of the city. Homemakers or those who possess culinary skills have started showing great interest in the well-designed and customised arrangement of cooking zones, better known as modular kitchens.

Even till a couple of years ago, a kitchen to an Oriya housewife meant a space cramped with utensils, spices and food ingredients. But the advent of modular kitchens has changed the definition of kitchen and enhanced the experience of cooking.

Designed by a few specialised companies, a modular kitchen helps a person to utilise space in an intelligent way.

Multiple cabinets fitted with stainless steel accessories allow the cutlery and crockery to be arranged in separate closed cupboards and racks.

Working in such kitchens seems to have become a pleasurable experience for many in the city.

Talking about her new kitchen, homemaker Ritu Sahoo says, “It’s a dream kitchen for me. I had never imagined that a kitchen with a chimney fitted in such a small space could allow me to move comfortably. But now I can also accommodate a dining table. The pull-out drawers or units where all accessories fit in are the best things about the kitchen.”

Price for the modular kitchens start from Rs 40,000, which comprises appliances like an electric chimney, cook tops, gas hobs, and shelves with shutters for dishes, cutlery and spices.

The modules are made with laminated wooden cabinets, stylish knobs and stainless steel fittings.

The laminations are available in red, orange, blue, green and even natural shades like cedar and birch.

“We design the kitchen after consulting the customer. We make rough layouts on the computer and make changes according to the preference of our customers,” says Sanjay Kumar Choudhary, a franchisee of Kutchina that provides modular kitchen set-ups.

Aditya Agarwal, franchisee Timbor Cucine, says, “The idea is to make most of the limited space. We take measurements of the kitchen and try to renovate the given space into a useful and durable set up. It allows a person to be hassle-free in the kitchen.”

There are a number of advantages of using a modular kitchen. However, interior decorator Shontu of Dream Décor believes that a beautiful house is an added advantage when it comes to fixing a modular kitchen.

“Addition of a modular kitchen makes the space stylish and vibrant depending on the colours of laminations used in the house,” he says.

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