No remodeling projects add more value to a home than kitchen renovations. Historically, many people will tell you that the most lucrative and sensible kitchen renovations include updating appliances, counters, or your backsplash. Think to yourself, which part of your kitchen do you use most? The answer is most likely the sink, which endures the most wear, tear, and neglect of any kitchen component.
That being said, homeowners should understand what options they have at their disposal when it comes to their sink. Be sure to keep the following in mind when renovating a kitchen!
Configuration & Style
The very first thing you’ll want to consider when choosing your new kitchen sink is its configuration, size, and style. If you find yourself cooking delicious homemade meals often, you may want a deeper sink. The average sink depth nowadays typically ranges anywhere from 8-10 inches for that reason.
One thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t worry about whether or not the sink of your choosing will fit in your kitchen. Nearly every kitchen sink is designed to fit in a standard, twenty-four-inch sink cabinet base. However, you should keep width measurements at the forefront of your decision-making process. Essentially, you’ll want a sink that’s about three inches narrower than your base cabinet. Once you have decided on a size for your sink, you’ll want to consider the configuration that will work best for you.
As home cooking has become more of a main-stay, so too have single bowl sinks, which allow homeowners to easily wash large pots and sheet pans. However, if you’re relying on the utilization of just one bowl for multiple tasks, you may want to consider a double or triple bowl configuration.
The double bowl is one of the most popular sink configurations available. Double bowl sinks make it easier to handle two tasks at the same time, like washing some dishes while defrosting meat. Sinks are available where both bowls are the same size, or even with one bowl being bigger than the other. You should keep in mind that sometimes a double bowl sink’s two bowls may be smaller than a single bowl’s one bowl.
Triple bowl configurations have grown much more popular over recent years. These sinks allow for the completion of up to three tasks when preparing food, washing dishes, or defrosting meat. This sink configuration consists of two normal-sized sink bowls and one smaller one in the middle, which usually contains the garbage disposal. Keep in mind that this sink configuration takes up a large amount of space.
Once you have decided on the right configuration of sink for your kitchen, you’ll want to consider which installation method will be most beneficial for you. There are four installation methods to consider for your sink when renovating a kitchen.
Drop-in sinks are the most common installation method of the four. During this process, the sink is literally dropped in and lays on top of the countertop. But, when this method is used, there’s often a lip around the sink that is a magnet for debris, and can be difficult to clean.
Tile-in sinks are essentially drop-in sinks that are designed for tile countertops. These are created so that the edges of the sink are flush with the countertop and do not result in any lips or gaps.
Farmhouse sinks are under-mounted sinks. However, these sinks often have the front of the sink bowl exposed and finished. It should be noted that this installation method requires a unique cabinet that is capable of supporting more weight than the standard configuration.
Undermounted sinks are mounted underneath the countertop. The sink openings are crafted to match the sink one to one, which allows homeowners to sweep food and liquids into the bowl easily.
Ready to Install Your New Sink?
The expert contractors of Eakman Construction have been helping homeowners renovate a kitchen for years. There are no tasks that our specialists can’t handle when it comes to kitchen renovations or sink installation. For more information about our methods, or for inquiries regarding sink styles, contact us today!