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How to Design Your Sink

Virtually the sky is the limit when it comes to designing your new sink…whether you would like a super massive bowl that is the size of barrel or super tiny bowl the size of an apple. Single, double, triple bowls or more…you can have one or two drainer trays or none. Undermounted or top mount sink. With or without a taphole. You can even order some accessories to suit your new Custom-Made sink. Listed below are a few common questions that we will ask you and help you design your new Custom-Made kitchen sink….

1. Are you replacing a sink into the same cutout of your bench top?

Find out what overall size the existing sink is. Before we can draw a CAD (Computer Designed Drawing) we will need 3 photos of the existing sink. A photo from above the sink, a clear photo of all the plumbing under the sink and a photo of the sink taken from approximately 2 metres back with all the cupboard doors opened. It is also imperative that we have the exact size of the cutout on the bench top.

2. Are you building a new kitchen?

The important things to keep mind is maximum bowl clearance (this is the space in your cabinet carcass) and available bench top area. Your Kitchen manufacturer can help you with these measurements.

3. What material do you want the sink made from?

Stainless steel is the most common choice. Corian® is available in many colours such as black or white. Stainless steel is now also available in a variety of colours too…such as gunmetal, gold, pewter etc…just ask our consultants.

4. Do you have any particular concept design, size and how many bowls etc?

Check out all the sinks you want and make a wish list of what you would like on your sink and we will speak to our engineers and let you know if we can do it.

5. Is it going to be mounted undercounter, abovecounter, or wall mounted?

There are pros and cons for any of these and it all really boils down to a preference of choice. We strongly DO NOT recommend undercounter sinks be installed onto a particleboard laminated benchtop.

6. Do you need to have a tap hole landing or any other holes for soap dispenser or filter tap?

We can make your new sink accommodate taps or you can have the taps mounted on the benchtop. Keep in mind. If you wish to have tapware mounted on the sink let your designer know. Again, we do not recommend you have tapware mounted on particleboard laminated bench tops.

7. How many bowls?

Most common is double bowls or bowl and half. The half bowl is handy for rinsing veggies. Single bowl is often considered for small kitchens and limited space. For specialty requirements you can even have triple or more bowls.

8. Size of bowl?

This is often one of the most important points especially for chefs and entertainers. Bowl size can be important for safe and clean workspace while hastily cooking and entertaining…also keep in mind that it needs to be big enough to swallow your biggest pot or lasagne tray!

9. How deep do you want the bowls?

You can make the bowls as shallow or as deep as you want! We have made bowls deep enough to drown and soak huge quantities of vegetables or shallow.

10. Drainer tray or not?

Drainer trays on sinks is not as popular as yesteryear but are still favoured by the hardcore cooking pros…the drainer trays are not just used for drying dishes…it can also be used as a sanitary grade stainless steel surface for food prepping.

11. Does it suit my “lifestyle” and or my home?

This is probably the most profound question to answer…If you have a large family home of 6 people and a busy kitchen environment then it would make sense to have a sink with larger bowls and space to accommodate….and if you live in a studio apartment then having a huge sink would probably not fit in and be over-dominating the kitchen work space. Consider that the sink is an important tool and must also be in sync (pun intended 😊) with the style, functionality and vogue of the rest of the home. This is where colour and design can make really make a difference…


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