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Modular design is an approach that comprises individual pieces or 'modules' which fit together to make a harmonious, integrated scheme.
In kitchens, these modules can include freestanding cabinets, cupboards, shelves and basins, as well as appliances like dishwashers and stoves.
Choosing to go with a modular kitchen gives the homeowner certain advantages over a custom or designer kitchen, one of which, depending on the brand, is price. Buying individual pieces separately bypasses the need for a designer to draw up plans and craftsmen to construct bespoke pieces exclusively for each kitchen. It's also possible for the consumer to buy pieces at their own rate, over a period of time, rather than committing to a single large payment for a designer kitchen.
It's worth remembering that one does not necessarily have to choose between having to do all the measuring and fitting yourself and having a design and fitting team to complete your kitchen makeover. Designers and fitters will be more than happy to use modular kitchen components to undergo your kitchen transformation.
The other main advantage of choosing a modular kitchen is the flexibility it gives you. You are not locked in to any one style, indeed you can mix and match different pieces that are sympathetic to one another rather than slavishly of the same design. This can create a unique and highly personalised look that is aesthetically appealing. Generally, though, mixing radically different styles is not to be recommended. You are looking to create a harmonious space rather than something jarring to the eye.
When choosing pieces for your modular kitchen, it's important to consider the flooring and walls too, especially if you are not planning to change or renovate these areas. Traditional solid wood free-standing cupboards may look out of place on a modern tiled floor, in the same way that glossy, modern kitchen cabinets may clash with traditional stone flags.
The manufacturers of modular kitchens will be able to offer you inspiration on how their pieces can fit together and the kinds of looks you can expect to achieve. The best modular kitchen companies will be able to offer you good advice on putting together a modular kitchen that works best for you and your home.
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British Standard makes affordable, off-the-shelf cupboards for kitchens, larders and utility rooms, by hand in its Suffolk workshop. Normally kitchens of this quality come with a high price tag but by removing the design, fitting and delivery service and offering a limited range of standard sized cupboards, British Standard prices are incredibly competitive. They sell floor cupboards, tall cupboards, worktops, kitchen upstands and oven housing at their online shop and examples can be seen at their London showroom.
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