The sink is the kitchen workhorse, playing a vital role in food preparation and overall cleanliness. Its position does not change often, even when a kitchen is remodeled more than once over the years. The sink is used frequently, so it must be durable and easy to maintain. It is also another element of the kitchen’s design, so it should be visually pleasing. With the vast variety of sizes and styles, you might need some help selecting the right type.
- Single sinks. For a small kitchen, this may be the best option, but you may have your own reasons for choosing a single sink. For more convenience, these sinks tend to be deeper than the standard. It might not suit all kitchen routines, but manufacturers sometimes offer great accessories like rinse baskets.
- Double sinks. The obvious advantage with these is that you can do two different things at the same time. Usually the two sinks are different sizes, roughly a 60/40 split. However, for design reasons you may prefer to get two sinks of equal size. The double sink increases flexibility for the user and helps you to work faster in the kitchen. Generally, people who have had this type for years do not make a change when remodeling.
- Three basins. Attractive and highly functional, this type helps you to fine tune your work in the kitchen. Usually there are two large basins, with a small one in the middle, and the small one has a garbage disposal. The design allows access to the garbage disposal even when the other two basins are being used.
When it comes to sinks, stainless steel is traditional and still going strong. The material is durable, easy to clean and does not stain easily. The beauty of this material is that it can work with any color scheme or décor.
Porcelain sinks are showing up in more kitchens but they don’t offer the strength of stainless steel. This material can crack or chip, so it is not ideal for all situations. Don’t let that steer you away from a porcelain kitchen sink if that is what you desire and you understand the risks. They really are quite beautiful.
A granite composite is touch and scratch resistant, and easy to clean. It is worth noting that some types stain easily, but they won’t show water marks. Granite sinks need to be sealed occasionally, just like a granite countertop.
Natural stone can add beauty and warmth to any kitchen but it is one of the pricier options. Natural stone may show surface scratches. Many homeowners consider those small marks signs of character in much the same as people who enjoy copper love the green patina it forms in time.
The shape and the look of the sink can impact the design of your kitchen. Most people are familiar with square edges, but less traditional shapes with curves and rounded edges are growing in popularity. Farmhouse sinks have simple designs but add a strong aesthetic with its bold lines and variety of color options.
Kitchen Design and Remodeling in Albuquerque
Despite its importance, a sink will not take a big chunk out of your remodeling budget, so feel free to splurge if you have that one specific type of sink you want. Manufacturers now provide a range of sink accessories to make your cooking time more streamlined and enjoyable. Call us at 505-991-0063 when you’re ready to begin the kitchen design process.