SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 27, 2016) - If the kitchen is your home's heart, the sink is your kitchen's gut. Necessary for both food prep and for cleanup, it is used continuously. To keep it working efficiently, you want to choose a sink that is sturdy and versatile. To match your newly remodeled kitchen décor, you want one that is attractive and coordinated with the overall design.
Here is a look at how to pick the right sink for your kitchen remodel.
The Right Design and Material
Sinks are no longer just stainless steel or plain white ceramic. A bowl in a bright color, like fire engine red, can add a sparkling accent to a newly remodeled kitchen. According to Cornerstone Design and Remodel the overall trend for 2016 are sinks that really stand out as an accent to a new kitchen design.
Worry more about material than a trendy manufacturer name. Both stainless steel and enamel handle heat and scouring cleansers and pads. Stainless steel are durable and go with most designs. Enamel sinks come in many colors but also chips and cracks.
There are also other materials on the market, at a price. Two to look at include:
- Granite composite, made from particles of granite and polymers. It resists chips and scratches. It doesn't show water spots, but the material can stain.
- Natural stone, usually soap stone, which is appropriate for a sink. It can be a precise match for your countertop, a nice design touch. It's expensive though, and sometimes chips or scratches.
The Right Size
Match the size of your sink to the size of the kitchen. As useful as multiple bowl sinks are, they can easily overwhelm a tiny kitchen. According to the industry trade group National Kitchen and Bath Association, if your kitchen is smaller than 150 sq. ft, choose a standard 22 x 24 inch sink with a single bowl.
For efficiency, if you decide on a single basin, choose one with a flat bottom and a drain toward the back.
If your kitchen is larger, you can safely add double or triple bowls. But don't forget to monitor how much counter space this will take up. And add in the cost of another sink and plumbing upgrade. You can choose multi-bowl models with varying depths. Though handy for food prep, they add 5% to 10% to the cost.
If you choose a two-basin configuration, you will be sacrificing space. The smaller size of each makes it harder to soak and clean large pans. On the other hand, two basins let you simultaneously clean produce and wash dishes.
Some sinks have built-in drain boards, a helpful feature for food prep and draining dishes. But it uses up more counter space.
The Right Faucet
A sink needs a faucet. The right features can make your kitchen remodel much more versatile. The right style of faucet adds flair to your sink and new kitchen.
One of the most useful new designs is a single-handled faucet with a pull-out spout. These are practical because they make it easy to clean both produce and the sink. Another good choice is a faucet with a built-in water filter.
There are several finishes available for faucets beside the standard chrome. Two favorites are polished brass and satin-nickel, both of which blend with many other kitchen designs and materials.
This Old House recommends that you buy one with washerless operation and a long spout. If possible, get a spout that has a 180-degree swivel, which adds flexibility.
The Right Mounting
Once you have the sink and the faucet, you need to get them mounted properly, meaning how and where the sink is joined to the countertop.
For ease of installation, choose a self-rimming sink. Avoid separate steel rims because debris collects in the two seams.
For a sleek look, choose an under mount sink. These make it is simple to wipe off your counter, moving grime directly into the sink. If you are combining bowls of differing shapes and sizes, this style is best.
The right style sink adds an attractive note to your newly remodeled kitchen. Make sure the size, features and mounting work for your particular needs.
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