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Rethink the standard bar sink

Your island sink is the focus of the kitchen

By ED DEL GRANDE Tribune News Service Published: August 11, 2017 4:00 AM
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Q: Dear Ed: I'm planning an extensive kitchen remodel. I want a kitchen island with a bar sink and plan to include this feature with our new kitchen. What bar sink features can you suggest to help me find my perfect island sink?

A: With kitchen island sinks, I can tell you that the good old fashioned bar sink has basically evolved into a staging area for food and beverages rather than an actual work station.

With this in mind, I suggest you think of your island sink as a focal point in your kitchen, and you take advantage of new bar sink design features.

Three categories to explore are:

Material choices. Cast iron and acrylic are now popular material choices, as well as stainless steel.

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Shapes and mounting. Under-mount bar sinks with rounded shapes can make a dramatic visual statement.

Finally, faucets and accessories. High-end faucets and custom cutting boards also help keep a new island sink on the cutting edge of the latest design trends.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com

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