In Sync With Your Sink
As one of the most hard-working features in a home, your sink should be both functional and reflective of your home’s style. Whether you’re the go-to party host or hostess or your family’s resident home chef, there is a sink that will keep you in sync with your space. Check out these common sink types and the best places to use them!
A single bowl is self-explanatory; a sink with a single bowl! Great for saving space, single bowl sinks are available in a large variety of shapes and sizes. From soaking pots to washing large pans, this design can do it all with ease. Multitasking, however, is not a single bowl’s best friend. You don’t have the option to separate clean dishes from dirty ones or food prep from cleanup. Nevertheless, this choice is perfect for small kitchens or bathrooms!
If you haven’t guessed by the name, double bowls are usually a large sink with a divider. Most commonly used in the home, double bowls range in size and depth to fit the space’s functionality. The convenience of separate bowls is excellent for multitasking or various chores. However, each individual bowl may not be wide or deep enough for tasks like cleaning large pots. On the other hand, the bowl separation has the potential to reduce your water bill! A design like this is ideal for large kitchens or laundry rooms!
The modern farmhouse look has been all the craze, and it’s still growing! When it comes to the design itself, one of the most common aspects is described perfectly by its alternate name, the apron-front sink. The large, single basin sinks are distinguished by their front wall, which forms both the front of the sink and the front of the counter. The deep basin allows for plenty of cleaning; however, due to its size and weight, farmhouse sinks are more complex to install. The design has evolved to include a variety of materials and colors, so there are no limits to design personalization! Work with this choice in a large kitchen or laundry room.
Island, or prep, sinks are smaller than single bowls but are usually incorporated into an island or a mini bar. The use of this sink streamlines any routine and is ideal during the holiday rush. Whether preparing a meal or icing down some beverages, island sinks usually have convenient proximity to high traffic areas. Due to its potential for gobbling up countertop real estate, we recommend using this design in large kitchens.
As the most common type of kitchen sink, the top-mount sink is installed by inserting the sink into a pre-cut hole in the countertop. The wide rim around the sink supports it on top of the countertop and is then caulked in place with silicone for a water-tight fit. These drop-in sinks are very easy to find and install! Because of the wide rim, virtually any material (no matter how heavy) is fair game. However, sweeping food or liquid directly into the sink is nearly impossible, making it harder to keep the area around the sink clean.
As the name implies, undermount sinks are attached to the underside of a countertop, where special clips ensure the sink stays in place. Undermount sinks are the answer to just about every negative aspect of the overmount sink; the seamless transition into the sink makes for easier cleaning, and it takes up less counter space. However, undermount sinks require a bit of careful design of the mounting system if the sink is particularly heavy. While food and other waste won't get stuck on the top of the countertop, debris might instead get stuck at the inside edge where the countertop edge and sink meet.
Integrated sinks are made of the same material as the counter and are fused in place at the fabricator's shop. With integrated sinks, the rim and under counter seam is eliminated, and countertop real estate is increased. The design allows the counter to flow seamlessly into the sink. However, if the sink is damaged, it cannot simply be removed and replaced: it must be repaired. You usually find this design in bathrooms rather than kitchens or laundry rooms.
No matter which sink you choose, our custom fabricators can seamlessly cut your stone to fit your selection. We even have a number of sinks in stock should you not already have one picked out for your space. Have questions about how our process works? Check out the FAQ section of our website or stop by our showroom today!
References: The Spruce, Dwell