Carolina Lee. Sinks. August 14th , 2017.
Vessel sinks, commonly known as basin sinks are becoming the popular trend in the luxury kitchen. Vessel sinks sit atop instead of being below the countertop unlike the traditional sink basins. So they are more visible and make a major design statement. They are now produced in a variety of unique and kitchen friendly materials including stones, glass and wood.
I am a fan of copper sinks. I think they are rugged yet elegant - especially as they age. The rich highlights and undertones of the patina process are constantly evolving. A copper finish is a \"living finish\" and never really stops changing in color. That being said, the evolution of a copper finish is gradual, and as it ages it becomes even more handsome. You can greatly reduce this change with the use of wax or even a lacquer product, but personally I like to let the copper evolve. Most often this process results in a mellow brownish weathered copper patina. I like to refer to it as the basins soul.
For a long-lasting kitchen sink many people are opting for fireclay sinks, which are as good as any stainless steel sink. One leader in fireclay kitchen sinks is Rohl, which as been serving customers with beautifully made sinks for the past 26 years. One hot item for this summer season is the Shaws model RC4019, a 1/1/2 bowl fireclay sink that offers a traditional apron design. This white sink, like all of the Rohl sinks, is eco-friendly and contain no lead. With this kitchen sink your kitchen will look like a country home in a summer’s day.
Stainless steel sinks are also very popular, particularly with professional 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.
If you happen to already have a prepared hole for your undermount bar sink, you can install the sink yourself as long as you are a little handy. When replacing your counter top along with adding a sink, the best way to install the sink is to do it before the counter top is installed. You can epoxy the sink to the counter while the counter is upside down. After the sink has dried you can then install the counter with the sink already attached.
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