Let's say you're doing a kitchen remodel. You're changing out cabinets, appliances, countertops and backsplashes. If ever there was a time to change the hardest working component of your kitchen, it is now. Farmhouse sink? Undermount sink? Drop-in sink? The options can seem endless. Here are some tips on different mounting styles, configurations, steel thickness and even some sink-centric bells and whistles.
Toni Sabatino is a certified Kitchen Designer (CKD), and the owner of Toni Sabatino Style, a design firm based in Long Island, New York. She uses a logical approach to thinking about how the sink fits into kitchen renovation projects. She says, “I start with the appliances and the sinks before I do any cabinetry patterns. Giant kitchens mean multiple sinks. Even if it's not a large kitchen I like using the biggest sink a kitchen will bear."
Types to Consider
Selecting the Right Gauge
Assuming you're going with a stainless steel sink, it's also worth considering the gauge of metal used. The lower the gauge, the thicker the metal, the thicker the metal, the “quieter" the sink. If you're not going to have a garbage disposal hanging from the bottom of the sink or trying to save money, go with a thinner gauge. And speaking of noise, Moen sinks come standard with “SoundSHIELD," a sound deadening treatment that reduces vibration and noise caused by running water and clanging dishes.
So if you're contemplating a kitchen makeover do your homework and make smart decisions about your hard working and maybe under appreciated kitchen sink—you can't get much done without one.