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Don't Buy That Kitchen Sink Just Yet!

Apr 18, 2008
A kitchen remodel is a serious matter that should be well thought-out and planned down to the last square inch. If you're married or otherwise sharing a kitchen and you plan to remodel, I warn you now: you are entering dangerous territory! You could end up divorced, separated, or suffer long-lasting resentment from your partner! As much as I would love to say these three possible scenarios are outlandish and unrealistic, the ugly truth is they are often a direct result of any sort of home remodel, especially when it involves the kitchen. So, if you're planning to put a new face to your kitchen, do so at your own risk! And make sure to consult with your partner about every last detail. Leave no surprises! To help you with your kitchen remodel, we're going to discuss a few details about the most important feature in your kitchen: the sink!

How big is too big? There is one thing you should know when considering how large your new sink should be: when it comes to kitchen sinks, the bigger the better! When ordering a kitchen sink, you will always go wrong when you order small. A small sink belongs only in a bar or other location where food is never or rarely prepared. You should order a kitchen sink that utilizes every inch of allowable space. Also, when it comes to pricing, do not skimp when considering a new sink! A slightly higher price usually equates to a much larger basin!

How deep is too deep? Generally speaking, you always want a sink that is extra deep for many reasons: less possibility for splash, hide dirty dishes, and comfortably hold larger pots that are full of food (allows for easier rinsing, preparation, etc). On the other hand, a shallow sink also has its perks; particularly for both shorter and taller people (deep sinks are more difficult for them to work with). Depending on the counter top and the space directly below your new sinks location, a shallow basin might be necessary if there is a dishwasher under the sink or perhaps there is limited available space. And don't forget the garbage disposal! An extra deep basin might limit your disposal choice or eliminate the possibility for one altogether.

Whether you settle on a shallow basin or an extra large basin, the basin bottom should always have rounded corners. Square corners are never an option when considering a new sink because they are extremely difficult to clean. Elaborate, curvaceous corners are certainly stylish, but they usually end up wasting precious space. Rounded corners are always the best choice.

To ledge, or not to ledge? If you are considering ordering a sink with a built-in ledge, think about this: how often will you be using that ledge? Now, consider how often you will be using the sink for other purposes, such as dish washing, food preparation, draining, rinsing, etc. If the potential ledge-use is minimal when compared to other tasks you will be performing, scrap the ledge idea. More than likely you will find it a hindrance instead of a benefit in the long run.

Single basin or double basin? One sink or possibly two? If your kitchen is small, you probably have no choice and will decide on one, single or double basin sink. However, if you have a large kitchen with room to spare, you might want to consider installing two sinks side-by-side, each with their own dedicated faucet. For those that often entertain or enjoy cooking side by side with their partner, a second sink (and faucet!) can make food preparation a much more pleasant experience.

Before you begin the arduous task of remodeling your kitchen, you should seriously consider each of the above questions and make a final decision long before you begin tearing your kitchen apart. Once started, your kitchen remodel should focus entirely on project completion and not potential design or layout possibilities. Good luck!
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