Carolina Lee. Sinks. March 24th , 2017.
The kitchen doesn’t have to be strictly utilitarian. In many homes today, the kitchen sink is a stylish centerpiece for the room. If you’re struggling with an old leaky sink and faucet, or just enduring one that doesn’t suit your design, take a day and swap it out for a new one!
Pedestal sinks are extremely popular with both new construction and older homes. This type uses a pedestal to support the basin and disguise the water lines and plumbing. Pedestal sinks are practical, space-saving choices because of their small footprint and simple installation. They are available for use on a straight wall, or specially designed for use in a corner. Corner style pedestal sinks are particularly useful for very small powder rooms. Pedestal sinks are most often made of vitreous china, ceramic, fireclay, or porcelain.
It is critically important if you are choosing an undermount kitchen sink that is made from stainless steel that the product be made from high quality 304 stainless steel. It is also important that any sink you purchase has the availability of additional sink accessories, such as grates that fit in the bottom of the sink. These grates help eliminate some of the scratches that can appear over time in that nice finish of your undermount. These sink grates also have another nice function, they allow fruit and vegetables to rest inside the sink with out laying in the bottom of a sink that may not be as germ free as some mothers would like. It is important to be able to have a nice match between the strainers and the finish of your undermount kitchen sink as well.
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.
The very first step you need to take is to turn off the water for your kitchen. Once you’re sure you won’t unleash a flood, you’ll need to disconnect the old sink from the kitchen plumbing. Get under your sink and familiarize yourself with which pipes go where. You may want to draw a simple outline for reference. Then you will simply need to methodically unhook the waste lines and feed lines from the existing sink. Have a bucket and some towels handy; there will be some drainage.
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