A "modular kitchen" is one made up of standardized components that fit together easily. Using off-the-shelf options, an architect or homeowner can piece together their own plan. Depending on the brand, it can be cheaper than a custom kitchen — here are 10 sources that run the gamut from high to low.
- Viola Park: An offshoot of Henrybuilt, Viola Park makes solid wood kitchens. Unlike Henrybuilt cabinets, which are highly customizable, the Viola Park collection is modular and more affordable. The collection also includes a series of islands, which can be purchased as part of a complete kitchen or on their own, as a piece of furniture.
- IKEA: IKEA kitchens are one of the least expensive options out there, depending on the type of cabinetry and hardware you choose. Cabinets come in a range of finishes, from laminate to wood, and some of the lines come with a 25-year warranty.
- Kraftmaid: Sold through HomeDepot, Lowe's, and other hardware stores, Kraftmaid Kitchens are widely accessible. Basic slab and square door styles have a modern look and come in maple, cherry, oak, birch, hickory, or thermofoil (a laminate applied to MDF).
- Bulthaup: This German company specializes in custom kitchens, but they have a system called the B2 — designed by Viennese firm EOOS — that's made of freestanding, self-contained cabinets kitted out with modular components. These are high-end kitchens, available through US Bulthaup showrooms.
- Dwyer: This Illinois-based company sells custom and standard stock cabinets. They specialize in compact kitchens and metal cabinets made from a minimum of 25% recycled content, with mid-range pricing.
- LAGO: In their 36e8Cucina, every component of the kitchen — the refrigerator, the pantry, the countertops — is a colorblocked component of a gridded arrangement. The goals are "modularity, flexibility and the possibility of absolute configuration by the end user." Unfortunately, they're only available in Europe at this point.
- Martha Stewart for Home Depot: Martha debuted her new line of cabinets for Home Depot last year. There are 11 cabinet types — including some contemporary options — as well as 32 styles of hardware. Cabinet prices run from about $96 to $184 per linear foot.
- BMC Lab Supply: In the bright, white industrial kitchen above, the modular, easy-to-clean cabinets are from BMC Lab Supply. It's a smart way to repurpose heavy-duty furniture in a modern home.
- Scavolini: An Italian company, Scavolini has been making modular kitchens since the 1960s. Their products are available through several high end showrooms in the US — check their site for a nearby dealer.
- Fuego: This San Francisco company is spearheaded by Alex Siow and Robert Brunner — the former Director of Design at Apple and partner at Pentagram. They designed a modular indoor/outdoor stainless steel kitchen that they describe as "equal parts modernist dreamscape and culinary powerhouse." It starts around $3,000 per module.
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