By Candis Meredith
One of the most fun and challenging things about renovating old homes is tackling kitchen design. People expect modern, convenient kitchens. They want the classiest countertops, the most up-to-date appliances, and everything else that goes in a brand-new kitchen. But they don’t want a kitchen that looks like it was ripped out of a new house and plopped in the middle of a classic restoration.
Before Andy and I started renovating houses, I never would have thought that choosing a kitchen sink could be such a big decision. After all, you just need to pick a stainless steel sink and decide whether you want it divided or not, right? Wrong.
There are a lot of choices for kitchen sinks, and some of them just look (and function) better than others. So how do you make the choice? Over the years, I’ve found a few helpful tips that have made this process a lot easier.
Choose Your Basin(s)
When it comes to basins, you basically have three choices. You can go with a single basin, a double basin with a 60/40 split so that one side is larger than the other, or a double basin with an even split. There are other options, as well, including triple basins, but unless you have a huge space for a kitchen, these can start to feel cramped, so it’s best to keep things simple.
Choosing one of these three options might seem like personal preference, but they each come with their own pros and cons, which will make the choice easier, even if you’re not designing a kitchen for yourself.
• A single basin is deep, wide, and gives plenty of space to soak even the largest pots, pans, and serving dishes. On the other hand, multitasking is more difficult.
• With a 60/40 split double basin, you can soak dishes in the larger section while prepping and rinsing food and other items in the smaller one. However, soaking larger dishes can be a bit difficult.
• With an equal split double basin, you can soak dishes on one side while washing, rinsing, prepping, and doing whatever else you want on the other. That said, this option really will cut down on the space you have for soaking larger pots and pans.
Consider the Age and Style of the House
Before you choose one of these based solely on the pros and cons of convenience, think about what the kitchen looked like when the house was first built. How does your current choice fit with that style? Granted, a stainless steel refrigerator doesn’t exactly match the original style of the home, either, but a drop-in stainless steel sink might look a little bit cheap, especially if you’re adding updated countertops and other high-quality details.
Farmhouse sinks are really popular right now, and they work well for both new and old homes. I particularly like white porcelain sinks in this style for a lot of older kitchens, but if you’re going with stainless steel appliances, you might want to match your sink with them.
Choosing the best kitchen sink is mostly about finding the sink that will synchronize the best with the rest of the kitchen and the style of the house. An undermount sink may work better in some kitchens than a farmhouse sink with an exposed front. I’m a big fan of both, and I’ve used them both on a lot of our houses.
With this advice, you should have the basics for choosing the best kitchen sink for any renovation. Good luck!