Sinks and Faucets. Tuesday , February 06th , 2018 - 09:08:11 AM
There are many factors to consider when choosing a kitchen sink. Think about the countertop first. Different sink materials fit different needs. Optimize your workspace with a variety of options. A solid surface countertop of manmade material, natural stone, concrete or wood will allow for an under-mounted sink installation. This design produces a cross-section view of the countertop and creates a clean, simple line.
There are many kitchen sink materials to choose from, including stainless-steel, enameled cast iron, fireclay, quartz silicate and solid surface. A high-quality, 18-gauge stainless-steel sink will take a lot of abuse. Enameled cast iron has endless options for shiny colors. Solid surface or quartz silicate is better at resisting scratches. Solid fireclay is just as durable, but limited in regard to color choices.
"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.
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