The sink just may be the most underappreciated part of your kitchen. It stands up to constant use and abuse, yet it’s often the last thing homeowners think about during a custom home renovation. If you’re ready to begin a remodeling project, consider upgrading your kitchen with one of these sinks.
The Farm Sink
The farm, or apron front sink, is a popular choice, particularly if you’ve chosen a rustic theme for your kitchen remodel. Farmhouse sinks consist of a single, long, deep bowl. The depth and length makes cleaning large pots or trays easy. You’ll pay more for a farm sink than other sinks, and you won’t be able to install it in a traditional sink base cabinet. As you can imagine, buying a special cabinet to hold your new sink is a little more expensive, but you’ll be glad you spent the extra money when you see the way the cabinet enhances the appearance of your sink.
Double Versus Single-Bowl Sinks
The decision to purchase a double or single bowl sink is really a matter of personal preference. Double-bowl sinks have been the standard for years and are preferred by many homeowners. Newer versions include one basin that’s slightly larger to make cleaning large pots and pans easier.
Unfortunately, even the largest double sink may not be big enough to handle the mammoth cookie sheet you use during the holidays. Luckily, a large single-bowl sink offers the perfect solution. If you have enough room in your kitchen, consider adding both types of sinks to make prep work and clean up easier.
Have you ever wasted a half-hour trying to remove crumbs from the rims of a top-mount sink? It’s an impossible job and one you can say goodbye to when you install an under-mount sink. These sinks fit under the cut out in your countertop, eliminating that annoying rim. Since your countertop will get wet when you use the sink, under-mount sinks aren’t suitable for use with laminate, tile or wood countertops. Use granite, marble or solid-surface countertops instead.
The Sink as a System
Integrated sink systems make food preparation easier than ever. These sinks are nearly four feet long and are designed to handle a variety of kitchen chores. While the main part of the sink is deep, a shallower side section holds a variety of interchangeable accessories, include a large plastic tray/cutting board, small plastic tray/cutting board, prep bowls and an accessory rack. Individual pieces can be easily swapped, and best of all, any food debris is quickly washed away in the sink.
The ideal sink fixtures not only look good, but also provide the functionality you need. Adjustable faucets extend to fill your tallest pots, then retract when you’re done. If your water isn’t tasty enough for drinking, consider buying a water filtration faucet that filters the water but keeps the bulky cartridge under the counter and out of sight.
When your hands are covered with flour, the last thing you want to do is touch your faucets. Hands-free faucets turn on when you trigger the motion sensor, keeping your faucet handles clean. Water-conserving faucets and variable-flow faucets are a good choice if you’re contemplating a green remodel. They’ll prevent waste without affecting water flow.
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Consumer Reports: Sink Buying Guide http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/sinks/buying-guide.htm
HGTV: Kitchen Sink Styles and Trends http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/kitchen-remodel/kitchen-sink-styles-and-trends-pictures