Your new house - everything and the kitchen sink!
When you are building your new house with Reality Homes a sink may not be your priority in designing - however the kitchen sink is one of the most used fixtures in our home! When building a new house you have an opportunity to make your kitchen sink personal to your taste. So here are some things to think about:
New house sink materials
According to one of the world’s largest manufacturers of kitchen sinks, 70% are made of stainless steel. And for good reason. Stainless steel is a relative bargain (unless it’s by a designer label) and can come in a variety of installation types to better fit your kitchen’s current infrastructure. It can achieve any number of looks, is heat and stain resistant, and is easy to clean. Go with a heavier gauge (lower number) if you’re pretty rambunctious with your sink since higher gauge stainless steel sinks will scratch and dent more easily.
This material will literally stand the test of time in durability and style. The porcelain enamel finish is what makes the cast iron kitchen friendly while giving it extra strength and stain resistance. It’s extremely easy to clean, won’t show water spots and won’t fade from the sunlight. However, they are extremely heavy which leads to a more difficult and expensive installation.
If you like the look of granite for your kitchen, a composite sink may be the way to go. It’s made of ground up granite or quartz (with granite being stronger), and mixed with resin so it’s actually more durable than solid granite. It has the same aesthetic as the real stuff, without the maintenance or durability issues.
How do you want your sink mounted in your new house?
Top-Mount or Drop In Sink
A particularly easy model to install and frequently used with laminate counters, the top-mount sink’s rim extends above the countertop surface and supports the sink’s weight. Clips and bolts under the counter hold the sink securely in place.
Under Mount Sink
These sinks mount beneath the counter and are most often used with solid-surface countertop materials like granite and marble. Under-mount installation highlights the curved contours of the sink bowl and makes counter cleanup a breeze!
Apron Front or Farm Sink
Often called farmhouse sinks because they evoke images of traditional kitchens, apron-front sinks have a stylish panel in front and are available in both tile-in and under-mount models. The finished front apron of the sink remains exposed. This style of sink requires very little “reach-over” to access the sink.
Your New House and the form of your kitchen sink
The standard kitchen sink is 22 by 30 inches, with two equal-sized bowls that are 8 inches deep. However, this standard format may not fit with your individual design needs. There are sinks with deeper bowls if you frequently use large pots, high-set shallow bowls that go between the two basins for peeling and washing vegetables, oversize single basins, unequally sized basins, and basins that fit into tight corners. The size of the sink you select in your new house will depend on available counter space and under-counter cabinet space and your personal needs.
Number of Bowls:
Single bowl, double bowl, and triple bowl sinks are available. Double bowl sinks are the most common. Double and triple bowl sinks are available with equal sized bowls or bowls of unequal size. The inclusion of an integrated drain board is another consideration.
Doing the dishes will always be a necessary evil! May you choose the type of sink while building your new home that will make it enjoyable! Visit our website to see kitchen and bath sinks or Facebook for pictures of fun examples by our customers.