Everyone needs a sink in their handmade kitchen, some people have two. It’s an essential item and has to be practical but it doesn’t have to look boring or utilitarian; there are many sinks on the market that will ensure your bespoke kitchen has the ‘wow factor’.
So let’s look at the types of sinks there are available and what is suitable for your new handmade kitchen:-
Undermount sinks are possibly the most commonly used sinks with quartz, granite, marble and corian worktops as they are discrete and give a clean stylish look for a Contemporary or Classic Kitchen. They are positioned beneath the worktop, leaving the cut edge of the work surface on show. Grooves are often cut into the work surface to aid water drainage after washing pots instead of a separate drainer.
Undermount sinks are often made of stainless steel or ceramic due to the durability, ease of cleaning and hygienic qualities. However Corian and Composite granite sinks can be made in an undermount format. A Corian sink has no visible separation from the work surface; the two surfaces flow seamlessly together. They are available in mostly pale, neutral tones. A composite sink is a manmade material that looks like stone and is available in light and dark colours. It is heat resistant, scratch resistant and non fading, ensuring the quality and colour of the sink is maintained.
A growing trend in kitchen design is to introduce metallic finishes into the kitchen. If you are considering using brass or copper handles and taps you may choose to match these with an undermount copper, brass or gold coloured sink.
These sinks not only make a stylish statement but are very practical. Although in the past this style was confined to more traditional country style kitchens they are can now used in Classic Shaker and Contemporary kitchen design alike. They are usually deeper and larger than a standard sink and made of white ceramic usually set into the work surface leaving the front edge exposed. The depth of the sink makes them very functional with some people installing them in their utility rooms to wash their pets!
They are typically made from white ceramic however more recently alternative materials have been used to make a statement in bespoke kitchens such as stainless steel and copper. Metallic materials also have the advantage of being a little kinder on glassware and crockery.
These sinks are fitted into a work surface in a similar way to a hob; a hole is cut and the sink is positioned, suspended by the rim into the hole with sealant applied around the top surface. These sinks can be made from stainless steel, ceramic or composite and usually include a drainer.
They are highly practical when using a wooden work surface as the taps are positioned directly into the waterproof surface and have an inbuilt drainer.
Many people consider installing a separate prep sink in a kitchen island for food preparation particularly if they have a larger kitchen. It can always double as a champagne cooler in the evening if you fill it with ice!
Finally, be mindful of where you position the sink in your kitchen. Traditionally placed in front of a window before the invention of dishwashers, in today’s kitchens there are many other considerations to take into account such as the location of the bin and dishwasher. Confining the washing area in one place makes practical sense but also consider positioning the sink in good proximity to the hob.
If you would like some guidance on what type of sink to install in your kitchen call us on 0161 483 7821 or drop us an email.