Sinks and Faucets. Tuesday , February 06th , 2018 - 09:07:18 AM
Soapstone has been used to make sinks for hundreds of years. It‘s called soapstone because it feels soft to the touch, but don‘t let that fool you. It‘s the densest of the stones used for sinks; it won‘t stain or etch, and it‘s heat-resistant. It does require oiling to maintain an even, dark charcoal color, but that‘s the only thing you have to worry about.
"For something you touch several times a day, why not pick a finish for your faucet that will make you feel good? People will notice if you put in an unimpressive faucet," says Peter LaBau, a Charlottesville, Va.-based architect whose book The New Bungalow Kitchen, from Taunton Press, offers great ideas for quality kitchen design. Peter just remodeled his own master bath, for which his finish of choice was nickel. "I‘m a big fan," he says. When bonded to brass, nickel plating reveals a golden luster that standard chrome plating does not.
Some sinks are available with "tile-in" edges. Designed to mount flush with a tiled surface, they offer a built-in, grouted sink edge. Self-rimming, drop-in sinks work well with any countertop material but have a raised lip that may, depending on the sink material you choose, interfere with cleaning.
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