A farmhouse sink, also known as an apron or apron-front sink, is deep, wide and stylish. Using the latest materials they combine timeless charm with the latest fixtures. Keeping up with the hottest trend in interior design choose a model that’s right for your Waukesha area home. These basins are usually deeper and wider than a traditional sink. The apron portion flows over the edge of the counter-top for added style. Your choices come in an assortment of materials including:
- Porcelain enameled cast iron
- Stainless steel
- Copper – hammered and smooth
- Natural stone
A creation of the past, these sinks are designed to accommodate chores often rare today – scrubbing large pots, washing clothes and even bathing children. A sink of this style is meant to be a dramatic focal point as well as an everyday workhorse.
There are two basic designs:
- Top-mount styles – also known as “drop-ins” these are usually less expensive and easier to install but don’t reflect the overall look of the other option. Attention to sealing the edge of the sink where it meets the counter is critical.
- Undermount installations – as the name suggests the sink nestles under the edge of the counter-top, not on top of it. Undermount installations create a seamless blend of sink and counter. Ideal for really custom installation. Cabinetry must be adjusted to accommodate most installations – these sinks require custom cutouts. In addition, the sinks themselves are heavy and filled can weigh as much as 300 pounds.
Either option is available in several sizes – from 20- to expansive 60-inch versions. They come in both single- and double-bowl configurations.
Design, Installation Options
While you can drop a new sink in place or create a special space for it, you have to take care with fixtures. Farmhouse-style installations do not have faucet holes or a deck for mounting faucets. Fixtures must be installed behind the sink or on the wall. Before deciding on a farmhouse style evaluate all the remodeling demands and style options:
- Deck-mounted faucets – require enough space between the sink and backsplash for access and cleaning.
- Wall-mounted options – excellent options to preserve counter space where kitchen design allows.
Faucets with pull-down or side spray features are convenient, especially for reaching distant corners.
Farmhouse Sink Material Choices
A hundred years ago sinks came in just one material. Today you have options, including:
- Cast Iron – the oldest material used for kitchen sinks, it’s usually coated with a hard layer of porcelain. Smooth, glossy finish usually in white but available in colors, too. Very low maintenance and easy to clean.
- Stainless Steel – common for traditional undermount, drop-in sinks usually with a smooth, matte finish. Available with an assortment of apron designs. These offer a more modern look in a farmhouse setting. Stainless steel resists chipping and cracking as well as stains. Requires special cleaners but otherwise very little maintenance.
- Copper sinks – copper’s natural appeal in either smooth or hammered textures add elegance and individuality to a new kitchen. Easily recognized copper color changes – called patina – over time. The antimicrobial properties of copper naturally kill bacteria. Requires specialized cleaners so maintenance is a bit more extensive than some materials.
- Natural Stone – typically granite, marble or travertine natural stone is available in a variety of colors. No two sinks are exactly alike. Like copper, they are available in smooth or textured finishes.
- Fireclay – this is the most common material used for firehouse sinks today. Commonly available in white, biscuit, black and shades of gray, beige and blue. Resists rust and fading. Very low maintenance and easy to clean. Fireclay is a type of clay used in ceramics and fired at extreme temperatures. The clay and glaze make the sink extremely durable. Similar to porcelain in looks but stronger.
To view the latest sinks for your kitchen call, email or visit Schoenwalder Plumbing. Include a farmhouse sink in your Waukesha WI or Lake Country home.
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