If it’s been a while since you shopped for kitchen sinks, you’ll find there’s now a world of different kinds to choose from. There are stainless steel sinks, double well sinks, fireclay sinks, concrete sinks with integrated draining boards and copper farm sinks, just to name a few of the many styles available. One of these will be perfect for your project, but how do you decide between all the options? Consulting your Washington DC kitchen design contractor will familiarize you with the various options.
How many wells do you want in your kitchen sink?
Probably the first decision most buyers make is to determine whether they prefer a single well or a double well. These are the two main configurations. Triple well models are also available, along with specialty styles like trough sinks and integrated drain-board sinks. A single well is great for those who regularly prepare large turkeys, host dinner parties or like to preserve food for the winter. A single well is also handy for washing small dogs and bathing grubby babies. Double well sinks serve two cook families and those who like to multi-task, rinsing vegetables for the salad in one well, while cleaning up in the other well. They make multi-tasking in your Washington DC kitchen possible.
What materials suits your style?
Once you’ve nailed down your configuration, next up will be deciding on the material you’d like for your kitchen sink. Stone sinks, especially granite, are extremely popular and the ultimate in long-lasting luxury. Hand carved by a stone artisan from a single block of granite, marble, limestone, travertine or onyx, a stone kitchen sink is a treasure you’ll cherish each time you use it.
Stainless steel sinks are also very popular, particularly with professional Washington DC cooks, though copper sinks – notably the farmhouse style – are gaining in popularity, at least in part due to the appealing warmth of the natural patina copper develops as it ages. Kitchen sinks made of artisan materials, though not yet as well-known as copper, stainless and stone, are all on the upswing. Examples are fireclay kitchen sinks, which are often made in the farm style, and cast concrete sinks. Cast concrete in particular allows the artisan to create an amazing array of styles: single well, double well, trough, combined sink and draining board units, countertops with integrated sinks and the farm style, along with unusual shapes. This newer material brings one more element into the design mix – the green kitchen sink. By combining recycled materials with the concrete, artisans can lessen both the environmental impact and the weight of the finished sink.
Mounting choices for different kinds of kitchen sinks
Sink makers continue to innovate, devising new ways to install different kinds of kitchen sinks. The basic kitchen sink installation styles are self-rimming, undermount and farmhouse. These days farmhouse and undermount sinks are sharing the limelight as the most popular styles for modern kitchens.
Sizing your sink
Once you’ve determined the style, material and mounting method you want for your sink there’s just one more criteria to think about – sizing. These days, most cooks look for a nice big sink, if they have the space. For those whose kitchens are more modest, medium, small and even petite size kitchen sinks are available. Handy prep sinks are also now fixtures in the market. Great for cleanup areas and islands, prep sinks are highly appreciated by cooks who like to have a helper in the kitchen.