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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)?
- 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.