Why Select a Single Bowl Kitchen Sink?

Pearson_Chicago_08The saying ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ doesn’t apply in a kitchen remodel. In fact, your kitchen sink is an essential part of your kitchen’s work triangle and is not something to be overlooked. One difficult decision is whether to select a double or single bowl sink. While many people are used to a double bowl sink, there are some real benefits to opting for a single, large bowl.

From a visual perspective, single bowl sinks adapt well to a modern aesthetic, and look fantastic in clean lined, linear shapes. But you don’t need to feel relegated to a contemporary style for a single bowl sink, they can look just as at-home in a more traditional space as well, particularly in an apron front style.

apron front kitchen sink and textured white backsplashBeyond how it looks, it’s really important to choose a sink that works well for how you prep your meals and clean your dishes. For example, if you hand wash a lot of large trays, platters and pans, having a single bowl sink will make the task much easier.

If you are torn between the familiarity of a double bowl sink and the wide open space offered by a single-bowl sink, a low-divide option may be just right. Low-divide sinks give you the best of both worlds. It creates two wells at the bottom of your sink, but still allows for  soaking large pans and trays on the upper portion of the sink.

Learn more about the details that will make your kitchen remodel a perfect fit for you by setting up an appointment to talk with a Designer. Or, follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration. You can also learn more about the remodeling process by registering to attend an upcoming workshop.

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Incorporating Seating into a Kitchen Island

traditional style white kitchen cabinets with a gray center islandAn island can not only add storage and prep space to your kitchen, but it can be provide additional seating too. However, before you go picking out your stools, it is important to think about how much seating is actually needed, what the ideal counter height is and where the seats will be located. Here are some insights from Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD, who is no stranger to setting up the perfect seating arrangement.

“Generally speaking, there are all sorts of orientations and things you can do to organize seating,” said Leslie. “In ideal world, you would want to mirror the seating to the size of the family and have seats facing each other versus lining them up.

“This makes the island more inviting, like a table, versus having to turn to see the person sitting next to you,” added Leslie.

An additional aspect to consider is where the seating is located. If it is near an area where people walk through often, like a mudroom, it is important to ensure there is extra space between the seating of the island and wall. This ensures that the walk-through doesn’t get too snug. However, avoid including seating that lines up with or is across from appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens.

CLUBSIDE32Counter height is also important.

“In general, there are three different heights to accommodate seating at an island,” said Leslie. “Table height is 30 inches high, traditional counter height is 36 inches high and bar height is 42 inches high.”

“If you are planning seating at the island for these different heights, in an ideal world it is smart to plan for more of an overhang,” noted Leslie. Additionally, you’ll need to accommodate for knee space. For example, for an island at countertop height, you’ll need 18 inches underneath to sit comfortably. You’ll also want to ensure there is two feet of width for elbow room.”

The various heights also have different perks. Seating at countertop height ensures that the island can be used to set up food buffet style or that additional prep space can be utilized if needed. However, lower seating is more inviting to small children and the elderly, who may have difficulty getting up on a high stool.

Set up a time to meet with Leslie to discuss your kitchen remodel and what type of island and seating arrangement will best suite your needs. Or, register to attend an upcoming kitchen remodeling seminar to learn more about the remodeling process and design trends. You can also check out the Normandy photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.
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