Farmhouse style sinks are becoming a very popular feature in kitchens. Homeowners like their rustic beauty, timeless fashion and total functionality. They’re useful, attractive and unique among kitchen sinks. They’re also large and wide enough to hold dishes from a large meal, and deep enough to hold gallons more than many other types of sinks. If you have plans to install a farm sink in your kitchen, here’s what you need to know about selection and installation.
Most cabinets are built for drop-in sinks, with a hole in the countertop. Farm sinks fit a little differently. They sit forward in the cabinet, requiring a 10-inch space to be cut specially for them, and they’re deep enough to extend into the cabinet doors.To insert a farm sink into an existing cabinet, often a new front panel and doors must be constructed. Sometimes, homeowners choose not to purchase a farmhouse sink just to avoid the trouble and expense of replacing the cabinet.
If you’re a homeowner who would like to purchase a farmhouse sink, there’s good news! Kohler makes an apron front sink designed to fit into an existing cabinet with minimal modification. It’s called the Whitehaven, and it’s available in many sizes, colors, and configurations. At Precision Countertops and Tile, we can install this sink by making a few minor cabinet modifications and by building the necessary support inside the cabinet to hold your sink. If you want a farmhouse sink as part of your countertop project, check out the Kohler Whitehaven.
The color of the farmhouse sink is important, even more important than drop-in sinks, which are naturally less visible. Standard farm sinks are often made of fireclay, and may come in a variety of colors, including white, gray, blue, brown or even black. Some farm sinks, including the Whitehaven Hayridge, have a textured front panel to add visual interest to the sink. [picture whitehaven_hayridge.jpg] Classic farm sinks come with a flat white apron and are made from a white fireclay or cast-iron covered in white enamel. [picture whitehaven_newprod_hero_v1.jpg
Tips for choosing a sink of the right color:
Copper farmhouse sinks, which are also fairly common, change color over time. Copper develops a patina which begins to darken as it ages.
Farmhouse sinks can be made from different materials, and not all sinks are maintained in the same way. Knowing the different maintenance requirements of each type of material can also help you decide which farmhouse sink is best for you.
Would you like a farmhouse sink for your kitchen? Contact Precision Countertops and Tile, where we perform farmhouse sink installation, countertop installation and more. Schedule an appointment to get started with your purchase of a new farmhouse sink, or to learn more about our products.