Real steel: How much does a stainless kitchen cost and should you get one? Hint: Well under 5 Lakhs.
Take a wild guess. What is this kitchen made of?
Got ya. You guessed steel for both first and second, didn’t you. The first one is made of wood, and the second one of steel. But, you couldn’t tell the difference. Could you?
As you tour new homes, how often have you wondered how much it would have cost? Most of the fancy kitchens cost an arm and a leg ranging anywhere between 10 and 15 L. I personally find designing the interiors of a house akin to taking any competitive exam when it comes to stress levels.
If you are not fortunate enough to have zeroed in on the right interior designer, you wake up in the middle of the night in a sweat with so many unanswered questions. When we were designing our kitchen, so many questions ran through our minds on a daily basis, and without a proper designer, Google was the only answer. I’m sure you would have faced these at some point of your home building journey:
Marine ply or BWR ply? Or stainless steel?
Hetitch or Blum? Steel hob or glass hob?
Granite or Corian top?
How much is the right price to pay for such a kitchen?
You get it. The questions are endless; ideas even more. The more time we spent on them, the more we got confused with the choices available. And oh, add those trips to kitchen showrooms over the weekends, that only adds to more confusion. I am sure you are working with your own constraints.
In this post, I’m going to showcase a live stainless steel kitchen executed by Capricoast. Not just that, one of their designers has graciously agreed to answer many of the dilemmas we often face when designing a kitchen. I honestly wish information such as this was available a year ago.
Key details about the project:
Name of the project: Sobha Eternia
Size: 9.5 feet hob side (hob and sink on opposite walls)
6.5 feet sink side
Type of kitchen: Stainless steel
Shape of kitchen: Parallel
Price: INR 3,40,000 (3.4 Lakhs)
Designer speaks on the process
Excerpts from a tete-a-tete with the designer to understand how the kitchen took shape.
What inputs did you get from the customer for this kitchen: any preferences, constraints?
The customer preferred a quick turnaround for installation at the site. Initially, going by conventional wisdom, she opted for a traditional wood kitchen, but gravitated towards a steel one on learning that the installation is quicker and that it can be reassembled more easily. Another plus point is that the steel used in the cabinetry could be sold as scrap even after 10 years.
How did you design the layout as this is what takes the most time?
In this case, it was straightforward as the layout was for a parallel kitchen. Options usually arise if the kitchen is rectangular or square with continuous walls on three sides. In my view, a parallel kitchen:
- is the most effective from a functionality perspective.
- can delineate sink and hob as they are on opposite sides. This makes it technically feasible to keep the dry and wet areas separate. This ensures any leakages do not destroy your cabinets.
- allows for ease in operating appliances. Appliances such as wet grinder, mixer etc can be planned to be operated on the sink side.
The design discussion on layouts spanned about 10 days for this kitchen.
What were the customer’s requirements for this kitchen?
Given that the customer was living overseas, all our meetings were pre-planned. so yes, it is possible to get interiors done without being physically present.
Her requirements for the kitchen were basic. There were no requirements for a tall unit; initially she had asked for an under the counter oven unit, but later dropped the idea.
After our layout planning and design discussions, the team at Capricoast made sketch ups. The executed kitchen is different from the one seen in the sketch up as the client modified certain sections following our visit to a Capricoast partner showroom.
What are the advantages of a steel kitchen?
Steel needs no introduction as a material. It is easy to clean, very durable, rust proof (treated steel), termite resistant, and fungus proof. You pay a high price for achieving all of this with wood.
Take us through the accessories and fittings in this kitchen:
Hettich tandem boxes that have a good load bearing capacity are used in this kitchen.
What countertop did you recommend?
I suggested granite, which is a natural stone, dark, non-porous, scratch resistant, strong and highly durable-can even split coconuts on it! Customer opted for a metallic grey shade to go with the steel kitchen dark colors work best – easy to maintain. Corian on the other hand is less resistant to heat and tough to maintain.
What are the appliances in this kitchen?
There is a built-in hob. Apart from that, there are no inbuilt appliances such as oven or dishwasher. Everything is freestanding.
The sink is a single bowl sink.
Did you do any civil work in this project?
No, we did not. But, there are kitchens where we have undertaken extensive civil work such as laying the granite and tiles.
How long did it take to implement this kitchen?
The installation took 1 day. Yes, you read it right – 1 day.
The objective of this post was to showcase that an awesome and durable kitchen should not dent your budget, and empower you to make the right choice. If you are in the process of designing your home, or renovating it but don’t know where to start, check out Capricoast. Please feel free to post any questions running through your mind, no matter how trivial they are.
Image courtesy: Capricoast