A kitchen renovation might be the biggest investment you’ll do for your home and if you like to cook like I do, it is THAT much more of big deal. I understand you want to make the right choices every step of the way. Here is a simple shopping guide to finding the right kitchen sink for you!
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Stainless Steel: A common choice that will work in any kitchen. I recommend a thickness of 18 or 16 gauge. A basin rack should always be used if you want to protect the bottom of your sink from scratches. For very modern kitchens, stainless steel offers the possibility of having very straight shapes.
Granite Composite: Love Blanco’s silgranit collection! Available in different colors, it’s a great way to add interest with a contrasting tone or make it look as one with your counter. For example a grey sink within a marble counter or a white sink within a white quartz countertop. Finish is a smooth matte.
Cast Iron: Also available in many different colors but the style is completely different. They are glossy so definitely add luxe to the space while looking super sturdy. Actually it’s not just a look- they will last pretty much forever. Kohler is my go to, just make sure to plan ahead for this type of sink as they don’t always keep stock of each color and might have to make it. Cast Iron is pretty heavy so you do need extra support- talk about this with your cabinet maker.
Fireclay: Usually available in white and sometimes biscuit and popular in farmhouse models. I have personally turned to cast iron as it is more resistant and has all the same options you can find in fireclay.
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When shopping for a kitchen sink it’s important to know the size of cabinet in which it will be installed. This is how they are indexed by the suppliers. Size of cabinet required depends on your type of installation.
If you have a large kitchen, consider getting a main sink as well as a smaller bar sink which can get handy when there are many cooks it the kitchen.
You will come to notice sinks come in different depths. They range around 7’’ to 10’’ deep.
Kitchen sinks are available in single or double bowl. Recently though, more and more models are coming out with a lower division which I find is an excellent best of both worlds scenario. This allows more room to wash larger pots and pans but still offers two separate spaces.
There are three different types of installation possible with a kitchen sink. Drop-in is where the sink rests on top of your counter. If your counters are wood or laminate, this is what you’ll need. Undermount is possible when using a solid surface such as quartz or marble. A hole is cut out and polished in your counter so all you see is the inside of your sink. Farmhouse is when your sink has a visible apron in the front. You need to let your cabinet maker know before production if this is the type of sink you’d like since it cuts into your cabinet doors.
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There are so many possibilities. One feature I like is when the drain is off to the side which leaves more space to work without blocking it. You might want to consider an integrated draining board especially if you’re worried about damaging your counters with drying dishes. Some sink collections include optional accessories that make a smart use of your space like an integrated cutting board or straining basket so definitely look out for these!
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You will be using your kitchen faucet every day. So- what’s going to make it great?Here are a few points to think of when shopping for a kitchen faucet.
Location location location
(Yes I have been watching way too much HGTV!)
If your faucet is not located on an island, make sure to measure how much space you have until any obstruction like your upper cabinets. Where does the faucet land in your sink? There’s nothing more annoying than knocking your dishes against the side of your sink because the faucet doesn’t extend enough.
If this is a bar faucet then 1 aerated (regular) spray is fine.The main sink though should have both aerated and vegetable spray. I’m totally into Kohler’s sweep spray which come out as a straight blade. So useful if you’re like me and are obsessed with perfectly rinsing plates before putting them in the dishwasher!
If it’s a pull down faucet, try putting it back up. Does it clip or lock into place with a magnet or does it hang awkwardly. If it’s a chef style faucet with spiral, move it around -does it feel stiff? Are there separate hot and cold handles? Do you prefer a single handle for faster use?
News flash- You don’t have to match stainless with stainless! It’s not because you went with stainless appliances like 99% of the world that your faucet can’t be a bright chrome or trendy back matte. Shiny finishes like chrome are nice to add glam but show finger prints easier which might bother you. Test this out in the showroom! You’ll notice a brushed finish doesn’t need as much maintenance. Be fun and try polished brass or rose gold for a bold look!
Pay attention to where the handle is located on the faucet you love. If it’s on the side, will it bang against your backsplash? If so, you can always ask your plumber to turn the faucet so the handle is in the middle facing towards you. You’ll totally get used to handling it this way don’t worry!
So next time you are shopping for your faucet and all of these key elements work out- AND you love the look, you, my friend, have found the one.
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I have had so many clients come to me very confused by what to do with their small bathroom’s floor. Here is my advice for choosing a tile that works for your space.
DO go for a mosaic. It will give a smooth even effect to your floor. Plus- mosaic tends to be pricy so this is totally the right place to experiment with that hexagon nero marquina you love. The impact will be impressive without breaking the bank since you probably won’t need that much.
DON’T go for average 12x12 tiles. These are dead. Literally. All the tile stores are liquidating them. They will break up the floor with too many joints and make it look outdated.
DO go for a larger tile. Like a 12x24, 24x24 or even larger! Make sure you have at least two full visible tiles. A more uniform or lightly textured tile with a matching grout will give a seamless modern look.
DON’T line up the larger rectangular tiles. This will attract the eye to missing space. When you see two full rows and then a row of 1/2 tiles, it totally looks builder-basic. Switch it up with a staggered or brick pattern so you can’t determine where the tiles start or end.
DO try a fun hexagon or pattern tile as long as you stay under 8''x8''.
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