Choosing the Best Sink for Your Kitchen

 

Kitchen remodeling is an exciting time for homeowners. We enjoy helping people make the tough decisions regarding materials and the overall design that their kitchen will be. We’ve discovered over time that choosing the kitchen sink and faucet are among some of the most difficult decisions. Here’s how we recommend dealing with one of the most difficult decisions – the best sink for your kitchen.

  1. Material Types: The kitchen sink has to be one of the most durable parts of the kitchen. It has to deal with pots, pans, and other heavy dishes on a daily basis. It’s where you empty pots of boiling water and where you wash your hands regularly before, during, and after cooking. The material has to be able to stand up to some of the roughest treatment possible.
  2. Size and Depth: The standard double basin kitchen sink isn’t big enough to wash things like large pots or roasters. Consider a sink that is slightly bigger than standard if you regularly wash large dishes or leave them to soak in the sink. The standard size is roughly 33” wide and 8” deep.
  3. Top Mount or Under Mount: Top mount sinks are also referred to as drop-in sinks because they’re installed from the top down through a hole in the countertop. The lip around the edge of the sink catches it and keeps it from falling all the way through. An under mount sink is raised into place from below and secured into place from underneath so there’s no lip, or edge, where the sink meets the countertop. They look sleeker, and they’re slightly more expensive to buy and install.
  4. Solid Surfacing: Solid surface sinks are found primarily in the bathroom, but they’re becoming more popular in the kitchen as well. They’re a solid piece that includes countertop and sink. They’re very attractive and available in a wide variety of shapes and colors.
  5. How Many Basins? The standard kitchen sink has two basins of equal size. Today’s homeowners can purchase single basins, double or triple basins, or even basins that have short separators so they can be used as a single or a double.
  6. Ease of Installation and Repairs: Top mount sinks are more popular and much easier to install where under mount sinks are less popular and more expensive to install because they require more work. Look at the installation requirements and ease of repair for each sink type before you make your final purchase.
  7. How Many Holes? Your sink and faucet will have to work together, so you need to decide up front whether you want a faucet that requires one hole or multiple holes. Will you have a single faucet hole that feeds the water to the sink or a hole each for hot and cold, and another for the faucet itself? Will the sink have a sprayer, and will the sprayer be attached to the faucet or the sink (and another hole)?
  8. Faucet Types: You may find it easier to choose a kitchen sink if you know what type of faucet you want. The faucet will likely become one of the focal points for the kitchen, especially the sink area. Make sure you choose a faucet that you like and that provides the functionality you desire.

The designers and builders here at Homework Remodels enjoy the challenges presented by homeowners in the greater Phoenix area. We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 602-478-5102 if you’d like to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design.

Regret after Your Kitchen Remodel?

 

Almost any homeowner will be thrilled with the prospect of a kitchen remodel. Imagine looking at the latest options for backslashes, kitchen islands and cabinets. How will you make all of this work with different types of flooring and new lighting fixtures? Of course, as many have found out, kitchen remodeling presents many chances for bad decisions and technical mistakes. Keep reading if you want to avoid finding yourself in this position after you have spent your money.

  1. Know what your home needs. First and foremost, you should acknowledge the style of your home. This will help to guide your remodeling decisions, plus it will pretty much guarantee that the project won’t go off the rails from a design standpoint. For example, a modern kitchen may not suit a Victorian style home interior.
  2. Keep costs in check. Any successful kitchen remodeling project rests on getting your prices lined up from the start. After doing your research, you will be able to make a list of all the fixtures and materials you will need and can afford. There is no need to go for the most expensive products when cheaper alternatives will do. Some people overspend unnecessarily on their kitchen remodeling and end up feeling overextended.
  3. Plan the layout. A kitchen design is something you will have to live with for years. It will also influence your ability to use the kitchen comfortably and efficiently. Any mistakes in the floor plan may be too expensive to rectify right away. Start with a rough draft before you talk to a contractor. Mark the spots for the appliances and the fixtures, and the contractor will advise you on the best use of the space.
  4. Reuse where possible. Even a full remodel does not always mean making changes to every single aspect of the space. You don’t have to change appliances if they are still in good condition and functioning properly. A hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished, and the same applies to cabinets.
  5. Work with existing installations. Changing plumbing and gas lines can be costly, so if there is no need to move them you can actually save money. You can plan your remodeling with these installations in mind, and this will make the entire process easier. You can put the new sink, stove and other elements in the same position as the old ones and still get a new look for the kitchen.
  6. Read up on trends. Trends can make the entire project a whole lot easier. Everything from the color scheme to the type of backsplash can be influenced by trends. Luckily, kitchen trends do not necessarily suggest buying the most expensive products.

It may also help to be aware of trends and styles in your neighborhood if you want kitchen ideas you can be happy with. The designers and builders here at Homework Remodels enjoy the challenges presented by homeowners in the greater Phoenix area. We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 602-478-5102 if you’d like to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design.

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