You might not have ever thought about it, but one of the most important choices you’ll make for your kitchen remodel is the sink – because you’ll probably use it more frequently than any other item in your new kitchen. All the talk of trends in kitchen renovation seems to focus on cabinets, countertops and smart appliances that would be at home with the Jetsons. Everything but the kitchen sink!
Smaller, single bowl or two-bowl divided sinks were the style for kitchens in homes built in the 1980s and 1990s. But because of the way you use your kitchen these days, you may find it really hard to use a small sink to clean large roasting pans, skillets, and platters. When you remodel, your custom kitchen should not only be beautiful, but also a beautiful solution for how you use your kitchen every day.
Because of our extensive experience as a kitchen remodeling contractor, we get to see all the awesome new products that become available, including sinks. And from what we’ve seen, you probably never imagined the many new sink styles available for updating your kitchen.
What shape works best?
Kitchen renovation lets you think outside the box, literally. There are, for example, very large, very deep sinks with squared-off corners that provide maximum working area. You may find a large, rounded rectangle more to your liking, with 2 bowls of different sizes or even different depths. Shallow, trough-like sinks are great on a butcher block island surface where you can chop and push food scraps straight into a disposal.
Many homeowners love a classic apron-front farmhouse sink that can accommodate a large platter (or a small dog)!
Is it tough enough?
If you’re not worried about juice stains, nicks and scratches, a classic cast iron or porcelain sink might be perfect for your kitchen remodel. If, however, you want to be able to toss hot pots into your sink and drain canned tomatoes or pour out leftover coffee without doing instant sink scrubbing, the ever-popular stainless steel sink might better fit your priorities. Quartz or granite composite sinks are very durable and available in many colors for a real custom look.
Don’t forget the new sink accessories like cutting boards, colanders, and racks or baskets that fit on top of the sink to make food prep easier.
How many sinks do you want?
With a custom kitchen remodel, you can have a large main sink plus one or even two smaller auxiliary sinks, depending on your wants and needs.
Having one installed in a kitchen island or set off in a beverage center area of the new kitchen can help tremendously when you’re entertaining or when you have helpers in the kitchen. A prep sink with a tall, pull-down faucet is also great for filling pots or washing veggies.
You can think of these extra sinks not just functionally, but also as design elements. For example, a beverage center might be the perfect place to use a beautiful copper or colorful composite sink to add some “wow” to the style of your counters and backsplash.