Sinks and Faucets. Thursday , February 01st , 2018 - 09:07:08 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.
Usually, stone kitchen sinks are carved out of one solid piece, either farmhouse style or small round prep sinks. The front of a farmhouse sink can be left in its rough, natural state or it can be polished and even carved. The other option is a boxy sink fabricated from granite or other slabs — the best choice if you want to match your chosen countertop. Regardless of the design, though, your cabinets will require some extra reinforcement to support a stone sink, says Joe Percoco of Percoco Marble and Tile in Denver, Colo. He strongly recommends that the sink cabinet be reinforced to hold the extra weight, which can total more than 300 pounds. Joe says that one of their block sinks can require "four guys to get it into place." Make sure your cabinets have similar strength.
Off-center faucets: Sinks with off-center faucet positions offer larger interior basin space. Consider who will be using the faucet. If choosing one with an integral pullout spray head, users should all be right- or left-handed, as added stress on the hose can lead to faucet problems when pulling out and back toward the faucet.
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