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Are you frustrated because your kitchen sink is too small? After cooking a meal, when you try to scrub your large pots and pans, they cannot fit in the sink. Below we are describing all the benefits of a farmhouse sink—first of all its splendid size. You may want to plan on installing a farmhouse sink during your upcoming kitchen remodel.

David H. Adams, President
Design Builders and Remodeling, Inc. • 203.431.9104

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Stainless steel sink with interchangeable apron front

Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are making a huge comeback in kitchens. This trend is partly due to the current popularity of farmhouse style interiors, where both vintage charm and functional design are treasured. Yet farmhouse sinks are crafted from a wide variety of materials and designs that fit in with just about every style of kitchen imaginable—whatever your heart desires—from mid-century modern to industrial chic.

The farmhouse sink originated in late 17th century Ireland and Britain when there was no running water. Since water had to be transported by hand from nearby wells, lakes and rivers, the farmhouse sink was valued for providing a basin that could hold large amounts of water.
Contemporary style fireclay sink
Today you will appreciate farmhouse sinks for providing a variety of other benefits. For one, these sinks tend to be considerably deeper than the typical undermount kitchen sinks and usually are designed with one large bowl. This offers plenty of room for washing baking sheets, large pots and pans, as well as oven trays—items that are a challenge to wash in a standard two-bowl sink. If you spend a lot of time cooking and doing clean up, you will be very grateful for this style of sink. Farmhouse sinks are also available in two-bowl designs, if you prefer.

Ergonomically, the farmhouse sink will cause you less back strain because of the front-forward design—the exposed front of the sink extends beyond the cabinetry. You will be able to stand directly against the basin without needing to lean over several inches of cabinet and counter space to wash your dishes. Plus the sink’s overhanging front eliminates those sharp countertop edges that can be uncomfortable. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the bottom of that deep sink may be inaccessible for someone who is seated.

Left: Quartz sink with carbon fiber apron front. Right: Papiro Cream Marble workstation sink with basket-weave pattern

A farmhouse sink is usually installed as an undermount sink, which allows water to drain back into the sink rather than sitting on your countertop. Certain styles of farmhouse sinks include drainage channels on the side that allow dishes to dry on your countertop without water puddling up. Make sure that when your farmhouse sink is installed, it overhangs the cabinets in the front to prevent water damage to the cabinets. Generally farmhouse sinks will not have a built-in location for the faucet, so the faucet needs to be mounted behind the sink, either in the countertop or in the wall.

The materials used to create farmhouse sinks range from fireclay, porcelain, stainless steel and copper, to cast iron, stone, quartz and concrete. Fireclay and porcelain are both heavily favored selections due to their beautiful classic look, though fireclay in general is more durable. Stainless steel farmhouse sinks are also quite durable, relatively inexpensive, and offer a modern twist that fits in well with contemporary kitchen styles. No matter which material you choose, your farmhouse sink will become an attractive focal point, adding delightful charm to your kitchen.

Right: Enameled cast iron sink—wall-mount with legs or top-mount with custom cabinetry
Double bowl fireclay sink with sink racks, strainers, cutting board and colander
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The Newest Essential: A Second Kitchen Sink

If you love to cook and entertain in your kitchen, one sink may not be enough. More homeowners are adding a second kitchen sink when they update or remodel a kitchen. Often a second sink is a smaller fixture used as a prep sink or for a beverage bar and it improves the way people work in a kitchen.

This kitchen features two undermount stainless steel sinks with matching faucets. A smaller prep sink was added to the island for convenience to wash vegetables and thaw foods. Having a sink on the island also simplifies cleanup.

When choosing a prep sink, consider the size of your kitchen, how you work in the kitchen and where it will be placed. Should it be placed on an island or on the perimeter counter of a kitchen?
Many people like having a second sink for prep work near a stove or refrigerator. Another consideration is how large and deep should the sink be.

Prep sinks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes and drop-in and undermount models. There are single and double bowl sinks and a number of materials to choose from.

The most popular types of sinks are stainless steel and composite. For a unique look, you may want to consider a copper sink.

A second sink is quickly becoming the newest essential in kitchen design. Here are some great design ideas from our kitchen remodeling projects where homeowners added a second sink.

Prep Sinks on Islands

If you have a kitchen with an island, it may be the ideal location for a second sink. Islands are often the primary area for preparing and serving meals. A prep sink is very versatile and provides a convenient source of water for cooking, drinking and cleaning up.

Above Left: An undermount composite prep sink was strategically placed next to a cooktop. The island allows for seating and has a surface for storing utensils, cutting boards and knives.

Above Right: Close-up view of the prep sink featured in the photo above. Both the main sink and island prep sink are undermount composite sinks.

Above Left: A composite prep sink was placed at the end of a kitchen island across from a cooktop and double oven. The counter surface in this kitchen is high definition laminate that has the look of more expensive granite surfacing. Undermount sinks can now be installed in laminate counters.

Above Right: This kitchen addition was designed for people who enjoy cooking. There is a stainless steel undermount prep sink on the large butcher-block countertop island, which is near the commercial cooktop and Sub-zero refrigerator. The farmhouse-style main sink is used for cleanup. The sinks have matching faucets.


Prep Sinks on Counter Perimeters

Prep sinks may also be placed in work areas on counter perimeters near appliances.

Right: A double bowl stainless steel sink on the island is the main sink for preparing meals and washing dishes afterward. A dishwasher was also installed on the island. The island configuration allows the cook to interact with family members and guests as she/he works. A second sink was placed on the perimeter counter near a cooktop and refrigerator for additional prep space and for filling a coffee maker.

Beverage Bar Sinks

More homeowners are adding beverage bar areas to their kitchens and dining areas. Beverage bars are becoming one of the most frequently used work areas of a kitchen and include storage for glassware and a beverage refrigerator. The bar sink is handy for filling coffee and teapots and for opening bottles of wine, beer or canned beverages.



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