In my first meeting with Abhishek and Vinayak (founders of The Karighars), they patiently understood my expectations and the floor plan. Based on that, they provided the tentative timeline and approximate cost breakup sheet. The clarity of thoughts, transparency and professionalism impressed me in the first place. Then they took me to a couple of their completed and ongoing projects which completely convinced me to go ahead with them looking at the quality and finishing of the interiors they had carried out.
I would like to summarize my experience in terms of different categories and aspects of the interiors job to make it credulous for others to understand and evaluate an interior firm.
Quality and Durability of the materials used:
They never ever compromise on the quality of the materials used. One can literally feel the strength of the work they carry out. Their wide experience in the industry and depth of knowledge bring the best quality interiors for your home.
Innovative design ideas:
There is no doubt about that. Their designs are not only unique and innovative but, also sensible. What I liked the most about their designs is, they just not run behind looks but, also see the utility aspects of that. This results into an efficient space planning as well. This approach really helps out apartment owners especially as a thoughtful space planning certainly brings utmost comfort and livability. They used to share 2Ds and 3Ds with different themes and had given me complete liberty to come back with any changes required before locking them (before procuring the material and starting the execution).
The most beautiful design is worthless if not executed properly. It would never bring the look and feel that we would have dreamed of. The Karighars have done a tremendous job in executing the designs in my apartment. I was always hoping that, the actual interiors should look like the 2Ds and 3Ds that they had shared. But, when I saw the actual interiors, they had exceeded all my expectations. They were carrying much more "Wow Factor" than the 3Ds. So, hats off to The Karighars folks and their skilled teams in terms of execution.
Finishing of the work carried out:
Whomsoever has visited my apartment so far, they have unanimously said one thing without fail. "Nowhere we have seen such finishing in the interiors". Yes, The Karighars folks are awesome when it comes to the finishing part. The furniture is of course factory finished but, the finishing part isn't restricted to the wood work only. It also includes all the soft furnishing, painting etc. For example, they have made a false wall/cabinet in my kitchen to conceal the chimney exhaust pipe and gas pipeline. For a couple of months, even I couldn't make out whether it was an extension of my apartment's wall or a false wall made of wood. It's so neatly blend with the concrete wall.
There have been incidences where myself and Vinayak would have been in some discussion at the site about some dimensions and immediately Vinayak would bring some objects, place them based on the dimensions being discussed and ask me to walk between the gap to give me a feel of how much walking space will be left after going ahead with those dimensions. If I choose a fan, Vinayak used to tell me in advance as to how much low would it come and whether that will suit my height or not. Moreover, before starting the design phase, they had visited my current apartment and understood my current lifestyle so that, they can design each and every inch of the interiors based on my taste and lifestyle.
A crucial aspect as you are already paying Home Loan EMIs and may be the rent as well after the possession of the house. If your interior firm doesn't meet the timeline, it costs you a lot. The Karighars folks had given me the timeline for each phase like design, execution, soft furnishing, painting, cleaning and handover. It was so relieving to get all the things ready within that timeline. They used to share the progress pictures on regular basis. The height was when Vinayak got into a personal emergency and looking at the situation, I offered him to delay the possession. But, he demonstrated exemplary commitment and gave me the possession on the scheduled date only. This attitude is incomparable I believe.
No Follow Ups:
My office was just 2km from my apartment. Still, I have hardly visited my apartment during the interiors time frame. Vinayak and his team were always a step ahead as compared to my expectations. Even if I used to have any worries being a new bee, Vinayak used to relax me with utmost patience. So, I experienced literally NO Follow Ups while dealing with The Karighars folks.
Transparency in the financial aspects:
The Karighars folks had provided a cost break up sheet which was self explanatory and detailed. They had given heads up about all the 3rd party expenses as well so that, I can plan the financial stuffs accordingly. This had left me with no ambiguity or surprise about the costing part. There were NO hidden charges throughout the interior time frame. Moreover, they have all sorts of interior range available (from low budget basic interiors to full packed ultra luxurious interiors).
Dealing with 3rd party vendors:
They have strong contacts with 3rd party vendors when you buy movable furniture, artifacts, soft furnishing items, home and kitchen appliances etc. Vinayak used to accompany me for all the purchasing (May it be kitchen platform stone, curtains, lights, wall papers, sofa, dining table, fans, geysers, RO and what not). His advice and recommendations were very valuable and helped us with smart shopping of all the 3rd party items. My role was just to finalize and pay the cost. Rest of the things like delivery of items, syncing up between different vendors and getting the things done was all handled by Vinayak and his team. This is otherwise a big headache and nightmare for a person who has opted to do all these things by himself.
After sales services:
Karighars and their team have never disappointed me in this area. I just used to prepare list of stuffs to be addressed and send that to Vinayak. He has always ensured that, those things have got addressed on priority.
Cost effectiveness and value for money:
You can reach your destination in an Indica or you can opt for a Mercedes Benz. But, both have different experience and comfort level. I am completely satisfied for the cost I have paid for my apartment's interiors and nowhere I have a feel that, I have been overcharged or cheated. I have always had a trust that, my home is in the safest hands right now.
Big thanks to The Karighars for giving us a pleasant and smooth interiors experience that we would always want to cherish in future. I would blindly go ahead with them for all my future ventures.