Kitchen renovations aren’t cheap. Therefore, you should do as much research and planning as possible. To help you decide on the right sink, we’re going to discuss the key factors that you need to consider. This includes your budget, the size of your kitchen, the location of your sink and your aesthetic preferences. We’ll also discuss the different types of sinks and their characteristics.
Factors to Consider
Firstly, you’ll have to consider your budget. It’s important to do this as kitchen renovation projects can easily rack up additional costs. For instance, you might discover that your home needs a few repairs before you can get started with the renovation. Additionally, there might be times when you buy a set of materials and then realise that they’re not practical for your particular kitchen.
To avoid these problems, it’s best to include a little bit of an allowance in your budget. You need to take into account unforeseen issues that are almost certain to come up during your kitchen renovation.
If you need help with budgeting, your local renovation specialist should be able to lend you a hand. A good team of renovators will work closely with you to ensure that the project doesn’t exceed the budget.
Next, you should consider the spatial limitations of your kitchen. This is especially relevant if you have a smaller property. Indeed, with a more modest space, you will want to optimise your kitchen space as much as possible. You want to be able to fit in everything that you need, while at the same time having enough space to move around.
When deciding on the size, it’s important that you think about the amount of space that you have as well as how you’re going to be using your sink.
Do you live with your partner in a smaller house? If so, you could probably get away with a smaller single bowl sink. Do you live in a larger space where multiple people often work together in the kitchen? In that case, a large double or triple bowl sink would be more suitable.
You should also consider the size of your pots and pans. Ideally, you would want to be able to fit these in your sink during cooking and washing.
Your sink is one part of the all-important kitchen work triangle. This triangle consists of the sink, the refrigerator and the stove. These are considered the three most essential features of any kitchen. If you want your kitchen to operate smoothly, you want to be able to navigate between these three stations without having to walk a far distance.
If you’re unsure about where to place your sink, take a look at photos of the most common kitchen layouts. When you do, just be sure to keep in mind how big or small your space is. Once again, we recommend consulting renovation specialists if you have any concerns or questions about your sink placement.
- Home decor
Finally, you need to consider the aesthetics of your sink. The look of your sink largely has to do with the materials it’s made out of. The most popular materials used for sinks are ceramics, stainless steel, concrete and quartz. Each one of these has their own pros and cons.
For example, with quartz, you have a lot of options in terms of design and colour. So, if you want a kitchen sink that has a little bit of energy, quartz might be a good option. In contrast, ceramic and stainless steel don’t offer too many colour options. However, their simple and timeless look can evoke elegance and class.
As its name suggests, a topmount sink is made by creating a pre-cut hole in the bench and then inserting the sink on top. To support the sink, a thick rim sits around the edge of the pre-cut hole. A topmount is relatively easy to install, making it one of the more affordable options out there.
If you have laminate or timber benchtops (or any other material that’s not as durable as natural stones or concrete), then a topmount kitchen will be ideal. The outer rim will protect the edge of your benchtop from everyday wear and tear.
One downside of the topmount is that a lot of grime and dirt can build up on the raised outer rim. If you wait too long to clean it, the build-up will become much harder to remove.
The undermount sink, on the other hand, is installed under the benchtop material. Instead of the sink being on top, it is slightly sunk in, making it more discreet. This allows you to show off your benchtop material in its full, unobscured glory.
For this reason, undermount sinks are typically complemented by strong and beautiful benchtop materials like granite, marble and various other manufactured stones.
Since there’s no raised surface that obstructs the edge of the sink, undermounts are generally very easy to clean and maintain. If there’s food remnants on your benchtop, you can simply swipe them straight into your sink.
Lastly, there’s the flushmount. This is where the benchtop and the sink are completely level, creating one singular unit. Aesthetically, this is probably the most elegant and streamlined design that you can get. Its seamless transitions make it the perfect sink for minimalistic modern homes.
Just like undermounts, flushmount sinks are very easy to clean due to the lack of obstructions on the surface.
Unfortunately, most flushmount sinks will need to be custom-made. This makes them the most expensive option on this list. That being said, the practical and visual appeal of the product is certainly worth the price in many people’s eyes.
There you have it, a basic guide on kitchen sinks. Even if you now know exactly what you want, it won’t hurt to consult a renovation specialist. You never know if you’ve overlooked something in terms of your budget or your material selection. When it comes to kitchen renovations, it’s best to consider all your options and take into account your personal preferences as well as your practical limitations.