You’ve heard the phrase “everything but the kitchen sink.”

If you’re getting ready for a home build or remodel, we think your new home have everything it needs to be uniquely your own — everything including the kitchen sink.

The sink often serves as a centerpiece for a kitchen visually as well as being one of the most crucial functional elements of the space. Here are a few major types of sinks to be aware of as you start the process of shopping around.

Double Basin Vs. Single Basin

One of the first decisions you’ll want to make is a simple structural choice. Depending on your usual workflow in the kitchen, you’ll want to opt for either a double basin or one large single basin for your sink.

Double basins are the most common, largely because of their versatility. Although usually double basin sinks feature two different basins of the same size, some homeowners opt for one to be larger depending on their needs.

One large single basin sink can be a good option if you want a more minimalist aesthetic, or if you plan to often have very large items to wash.

Self-Rimming Vs. Integrated

Although there are many different ways that sinks can be mounted on your countertop, most sinks will fall into two categories: self-rimming or integrated.

Self-rimming sinks are most frequently seen in stainless steel models. Sometimes they are also referred to as “top mount” sinks. This design mounts the sink via the basin’s lip overlapping the countertop. This design is sturdy, easy to install and affordable, which has made it a staple for years.

The farmhouse or apron sink is a variation on the self-rimming sink. You’ll usually be able to identify it based on its front wall.

If you’re already eyeing countertop types like granite or marble, an integrated sink might be the way to go. With this design, the sink basin is all in one piece with the countertop, making for a sleek and seamless kitchen.

It’s worth keeping in mind that this type of sink is likely to be a little more expensive since usually it has to be custom made

There are a few other types of sink mounts that have been coming into common use in recent years, including the increasingly popular under-mounted sink. These sinks are a separate piece from the counter, but mounted below rather than with a lip above.

Metal Vs. Stone

The final broad category to consider is the material of the sink. Especially if you’re opting for a budget-friendly self-rimming sink, chances are high you’ll be getting a classic stainless steel sink.

But stainless steel isn’t the only metal available; cast iron is an option as well. Cast iron sinks are often given a coating to mimic porcelain, which means that you have some color options.

If your kitchen is already trending towards the quartz, marble or granite theme, then you might consider one of those materials for your sink as well.

To make sure that the sink can hold up to the necessary range of temperatures and wear and tear, usually sinks of these materials are created with a composite of the chosen stone with an acrylic blend. This is ideal for integrated sinks

A classic porcelain sink (created with fired clay) is a good option too for durability and a clean finish. 

Now that you have all the information, it’s time to get designing! We’re here to help; contact WalGrove for all your building and remodeling needs.