When we started remodeling our kitchen in our newly built home from what was ‘standard’ to what is actually aesthetically pleasing we learned a lot. Double basin sinks and laminate countertops are fine but granite counter tops with a stainless steel under-mounted sink just make the backdrop for rubber gloves so much sexier!
After shopping around, and taking all types of sinks into consideration, there are 5 things to know about undermount sinks before you buy one! I shopped till I dropped and compared what we had to what I really wanted. Magically my new undermounted sink appeared and I will never go back to a drop in sink.
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5 Things To Know About Undermount Sinks
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My first need was to rid the laminate countertops. In my world, granite countertops match with undermounted sinks and granite and undermounted sinks are a match in every way!
Think about your kitchen sink, it is the beast in the kitchen. It slays all the messes, cleans up the grime, takes on stacks of dishes, and pots like a champ.
My Old Sink and Counter
5 people in a house, shallow basins, oodles of pots, pans and dishes and this countertop mounted sink. Something had to change because there is no depth to the sink. In fact, the sink in my kitchen was not a match for my cooking skills. With a large family, a love for throwing parties, this sink just was not my ideal. Things had to change!
1. Brand Matters
First things first, you have to know where to get a great undermount sink. Do not buy the $49 on you see it’s garbage. You want a brand that is sink savvy and that offers a great selection. I found a great large single bowl sink, that is stainless steel with over 5000 cubic inches of space. In fact, you could bath an infant in this sink and still have room!
The 10″ bowl depth is snappy, but the brushed satin finish is what sends the look over the top. Last, look there is no division in the sink, I said goodbye to the double basin bowl and hello to a single bowl that lets it function like a workhorse.
Nantucket Sinks offer products that are sleek, streamlined, and turn a space into a focal point. Kitchens are the heart of the home and the hearth of any home is only as good as the tools provided.
2. Stack Without Division
Not all undermount sinks are a single basin, but let me provide a tip, go for a single basin. The utility of a single basin is incredible. In my case, the 10″ bowl depth accompanied by the 36″ x 18″ size allows me to stack and stack and did I say stack?
I cook in bulk, and the ability to not have to stop in between to do dishes just lets me fly through my recipes. Look at the above before and after for a drastic change.
3. Bend A Bit
One item that is often overlooked is that an undermount sink is a free bend workout. When you do dishes you may bend a bit more as it is deeper and bigger. I think this is one thing most do not consider. In this case, bigger is better and bending is fine.
4. No Visible Lip & Sanitation
Goodbye to the drop-in lip. Seriously if you think getting lip from your kids is awful, the lip of your sink is worse. When you install an undermount sink there is no more lip. The sink is streamlined and offers a continuous flowing surface from countertop to the sink basin. (we still were working to put the backsplash up here)
What happens when you just have to wipe across a continuous surface that can easily dump into a drop. Guess what happens? There’s no excuse to being lazy about wiping up around your sink or the countertops. Cleaning becomes no fuss, no muss, and the kitchen countertops become more sanitary
5. Stainless Makes It Effortless
Stainless steel is a gift that shines through the toughest of chores. Did I mention that my sink is Premium 304, 16 gauge Stainless Steel? The sink is a beast of product (in a great way) and it is created to last a lifetime and then some. Wear and tear are words not known to the sink. Pots, pans, dishes, dirty washcloths, glasses, and foods that have gone wrong have met their match.
Get ready for grace, and unique style that together provides a new focal point. There are a variety of sinks to choose from, all adding sophistication, and creative elements to your kitchen space. Sleek, gorgeous, eye-catching and streamlined are words that will fly. Your beast of a sink will slay the dishes because it is a workhorse!
Don’t Forget The Faucet.
(the backsplash is back, the faucet is on, the caulking is filled and we are back to having our kitchen!)
Now if you like my sink you can find yours at Nantucket Sinks too, and add in a faucet like we did. Changing the sink was an excuse to change that faucet. Oh, do I love the 18″ on this satin nickel finished faucet. The model in case you want to know is KF-GNPD-1-SN. Yes, it is classic and looks amazing against the granite. This is a gooseneck pull-down and is impeccable. Don’t just change the sink change your faucet too.
What I can say is the before and after are drastic. Dishes don’t pile up because you have room to function and clean. You can stack the dishes if you need to, but the sink is a pleasure to work in.