Farmhouse or apron sinks have become increasingly popular over the years as the modern farmhouse style gains momentum in homes today. When considering a sink in a farmhouse, here are some things to keep in mind.
SINGLE OR DOUBLE POOL?
This is the most common first question to ask yourself when considering a country kitchen sink. Would you like a single or double sink? Most opt for a double bed when using this or when they want 2 separate compartments, especially handy for hand washing.
Another consideration is, if you are planning a garburator or food disposal facility, consider a double sink sink so that you have two separate zones.
Homeowners typically choose a single sink sink when they don’t need a large sink. A smaller sink can sometimes give you more space for drawers or an accessory pull-out, which can be an advantage for you. They are also perfect for washing large items such as larger pots and casseroles.
CUSTOM CABINET REQUIRED
No matter what you do, you most likely need a custom or custom cabinet to house your new farmhouse or apron sink. This is because there are many types of sink designs and how to install them. Usually a non-standard cabinet is required. The two most common types are drop-in or undermount.
Simply put, you need to increase your overall budget to account for this, rather than just looking at the cost of the sink. At Superior Cabinets, for example, we have several standard country style sink cabinets that can be used as a starting point and sometimes avoid large custom surcharges.
When planning a new kitchen remodel or renovation, your professional kitchen designer needs to know the specifications of the sink you want. They can advise you on the fit and requirements to build your new closet to make it a success. Retrofitting an existing sink cabinet often means reaching out to a professional renovator or someone more knowledgeable about retrofitting cabinets rather than going to a cabinet company that designs and supplies cabinets for new or refreshed spaces.
SUPPORT IS NECESSARY
You need to set aside some budget to properly secure and support your farmhouse sink as additional support is usually required below. There are many ways to do this, and this is usually recommended by the included sink specs that come with your new sink apron. Based on the sink specifications provided, your professional cabinet designer may also be able to advise you on additional cabinet construction details required.
The support also depends on the substrate or building material of the type of sink you have chosen. For example, cast iron or chamotte sinks are extremely heavy and can weigh up to 200 pounds. Filling the sink with water and some heavy copper bottom pots can really push the weight limits of your sink, and therefore additional support is required underneath.
PROTECT YOUR CABINETS
The 3 inch flat countertop skirt normally found on a traditional built-in or undercounter sink can do more than you know. This flat countertop is a great place to catch water and prevent it from dripping on the front of your cabinets. It is important to protect your cabinets from water of any kind as it can cause accelerated damage. Simply put, water or moisture of any kind and cabinets don’t go well together.
POTENTIAL FOR DAMAGE TO THE SINK
The only thing no one is going to tell you is that peasant or apron sinks are prone to damage as they are exposed at the front. A common usage behavior for homeowners is to lean into the sink.
Jewelry, rivets on trousers, or belt buckles are common culprits for scratching or marking farmer’s sinks. This may not seem like a big deal to some, but it is something to consider when making your decision bigger.
Many homeowners choose a farmhouse or a sink primarily for aesthetic or functional reasons. They are available in a variety of materials including stainless steel, porcelain, copper, fireclay, cast iron, or quartz / granite composite. There are also some interesting depth features with these sinks, which is another important topic and factor to consider.
It is always recommended that you test and evaluate your current behavior in your existing kitchen before making a final selection. Do you like to lean in your sink? If so, would you annoy a few scratches on your farmer’s sink? Do you splash a lot of water when working on your sink? If so, can you wipe off this excess water on a daily basis?
We also recommend visiting plumbing showrooms or kitchen and bathroom design studios to see these sinks professionally installed. That way, you can see them in person. If you’d like to see an apron sink in one of our Superior Cabinets corporate showrooms, please give us a call and the showroom team can tell you if it’s installed.