Friday, February 10, 2017

Island Kitchen at my latest home interior project in Bangalore

Modular kitchen at a project that I handed over earlier this week. Clicked this on my mobile phone and it just came out well ...felt like posting it on the blog :)



More pics from the project will follow - so watch this space

Cheers
Nandita

24 comments:

  1. Very informative articles..
    Need ur valuable suggestion regarding our home Interior
    1. Regarding kitchen carcass which is more water-resistant and termite proof HDF (HDHMR)or marine ply?
    2. For staircase handrail which is more durable and cost effective among plexiglass and toughened glass? Any other glass alternative?
    Thanks in advance :)

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      1. Regarding kitchen carcass which is more water-resistant and termite proof HDF (HDHMR)or marine ply?

      NM: Marine Ply has better water resistance as well as strength

      2. For staircase handrail which is more durable and cost effective among plexiglass and toughened glass? Any other glass alternative?

      NM: Toughened glass is fine to use ...also easily available. For additional safety you may want to have it laminated but that is not necessary

      Regards
      Nandita

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  2. Hi Nandita, thank you for writing these articles. Its been a great help for a novice like me in preparing for the interior work of my home.

    I have a couple of questions.

    1. I want to "attest" the laminate on the ply using machine pressing. As I feel it looks better aesthetically. But my carpenter is advising against it. He says though machine press looks good, its not durable and will peel off. is he correct?

    2. what is the best glue that you advice in either machine pressing or manual pressing?

    Thanks in advance,
    vijay

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    1. Machine pressing gives a better and clean finish, good carpenters can match it but not all. There is no issue of peeling. The only issue is the overhead of transportation to and from the factory.
      Regular Fevicol SH can be used as the adhesive - both for hand or machine pressing

      Regards
      Nandita

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  3. Hi Nandita,
    Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    What are the options for open drawers in kitchen ? Mainly used for veggies that cant be refrigerated like onions etc. I saw the hettich wicker baskets and they seem to be quite expensive ? Any other cost effective alternatives available ?

    Looking forward to your reply.

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    1. You can use steel baskets. The other way is to make open storage shelves and use regular wicker baskets available in the market ... something like what is shown here https://goo.gl/images/VHkZ43

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  4. Hi Nandita, love your blog! I am trying to decide on a modular kitchen and needed some advice.. I am looking for a country kitchen look in white and grey but dont like the modern glossy look that acrylic and glass have .... Confused about duco paints durability ... What is a good material for the shutters to get this look ? Need some panelling on the shutters, glass inlays etc... With a smooth finish ... Would appreciate your inputs

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    1. Thanks Anuradha. The Comments under the post below have answers to your questions

      http://www.homedesignbangalore.com/2010/06/so-what-is-modular-kitchen-and-some.html

      Regards
      Nandita

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  5. Hi Nandita,

    What is the thickness of blockboard should I choose for my wardrobes? My carpenter suggested 19mm (without laminate) . is it fine?

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    1. You may use 19mm or 17/16 mm - assuming you are planning both side laminate. If you are planning one side veneer and the other side laminate/ paint/ polish then use 17/16 mm as 19mm will become too thick

      Rgds
      Nandita

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  6. For modular kitchen with light damp walls, is it advisable to use WPC (wood polymer composite) 6 mm first in the wall and then BWP IS 710 plywoods 6 mm (both sides laminated) as the base in the wall. Should only nails to be used or only screws or a combination of both for best fixation

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    1. First ensure to remove the source of the dampness. Any material you use will spoil with continuous exposure to moisture.
      On the damp wall you can lay tiles and then use marine ply with laminate stuck on the ply with waterproof adhesive.
      Modular kitchens use something called a minifix to assemble the carcass, neither nails nor screws are used

      Regards
      NM

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  7. Hi Nandita,

    I am planning to paint my wardrobe doors (blockboard) with Duco or PU. The shop guy told to glue a 4mm MDF on top of blockboard to have a clean finish. But I read some where in your blog where you suggested not to combine two different types of material. Then what are the options left for me? do I need to sand the blockboard? If so pls suggest the procedure and the kind of grit to be used between the coats. Btw, I am using 19mm blockboard.

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    1. While it is ok to stick a 2/3 mm MDF sheet on blockboard for small shutters (typically kitchen shutters/ drawers etc.) the same is not recommended for long panels (Wardrobe doors) as this may lead to warping.
      You should ask your carpenter to sand the blockboard to make it uniform. The carpenter will know the grit etc. to be used. In addition the initial layer of primer and patti will give it the required smoothness

      Regards
      Nandita

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    2. Hi Nandita,
      We are thinking of going with duco on mdf for wardrobe shutters.could you pls advice us on shutters of 7ft height with mdf + duco is fine or we need to use only blockboard?

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    3. You can use MDF, in some cases 7 feet MDF shutters warp/ bend slightly. If this happens you may use a door stiffener - this is a piece of hardware available from all prominent hardware manufacturers.

      Rgds
      NM

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  8. Hi Madam

    Regularly I gothorough your bogs, will you write share something on below topics, since I found now a days lot of verity and improvements in these areas, at the same time adding lot of confusion over choice and prices etc.

    - Lighting – down lights, cove lighting – especially COB lights fittings.
    - Storage beds – Top lift ..will hydraulic fittings available with ebco works well? Or side drawer ?? or without storage?
    - Choice of mattresses – Memory foam/latex foam, pocket spring, what thickness to choose etc..

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    1. Thanks for the ideas, will surely write on these...watch this space

      Regards
      Nandita

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  9. Hi Nandita. Please suggest me lighting for false ceiling of living cum dining room. Should we use a mix of cool or warm lights in cove lighting and down lights or it should be a single light. If single then which one in trend cool or warm white. Thanka

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    1. Avoid mixing cool daylight and warm white. Warm white makes the space looks warm and cozy while cool daylight makes it energetic and efficient. I usually use Cool daylight for the study and warm whit in the rest of the spaces.

      Rgds
      Nandita

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  10. Hi Nandita,
    We are looking for kitchen countertops in light colors. Pls give us info about quartz is it durable and doesnt absorb haldi etc?
    I have read article regarding kitchen countertop in your blog but it was article written long back right. Jus want to know currently available quartz in market are good usability wise?
    Wats the material used for shutters here in the above pic? Our carpenter has suggested not to go with membrane finish as it will peel off from edges after using some time and not recommended for rough use as it happens in kitchen,and this wont happen in Laminate with edge banding. Is it true?
    Will be waiting for your rply. Thanq

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    1. Quartz is fine to use in Indian cooking conditions. The countertop in the pic above is Black Granite.
      Membrane is not recommended in maid managed or rough use kitchens. Your carpenter's suggestion to use laminate with edge banding is correct.

      Regards
      Nandita

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    2. Thanks for the rply.
      Whats the material used for shutters in the above kitchen in pic, is it mdf+membrane or ply+laminate, liked the finish of the above one

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    3. The shutters are in Ply & Hi Gloss Laminate

      Rgds
      NM

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