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#CES2018: Tech Up Your Style

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

ces-logoThe mega consumer electronic showcase, CES, lands in Las Vegas this week. It may not be the place you typically go to for décor trends, but technology is having an undeniable influence in home design, like see-through refrigerators and smart lighting.

Consumers look to you for expertise too. Forty-two percent of Americans say they would look to their sales agent to provide suggestions about how staging their home with smart home products could impact the sale of their home, according to a newly released Coldwell Banker Real Estate survey of more than 3,000 Americans.

So what do we see that has potential this year to spice up some designs? Here are a few picks from CES 2018.

Accent Wall Light Show

 

Photo credit: Nanoleaf

Photo credit: Nanoleaf

Nanoleaf’s color-changing Aurora light panels would make for an attention-getting accent wall in small or big doses. Connect them in any configuration you like. They just stick to the walls. The panels change colors, and you can sync the lights to music and also with one of your AI’s, Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. The panels are touch-sensitive so with a tap you can turn them on and off, dim them, or change the color.

Statement Refrigerators

Refrigerators just keep getting smarter. LG’s new InstaView ThinQ smart refrigerator features a 29-inch touchscreen that becomes transparent if you knock on it twice. You can also use the touchscreen to manage your food and get automatic reminders when items are running low.

Photo credit: LG

Photo credit: LG

Samsung has a similar model in appearance with its 2018 version of its Family Hub smart refrigerator. This year’s model offers support for Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant to handle voice commands. It can connect to other third-party devices for the smart home too. So you can actually view what’s happening outside your front door from your refrigerator door.

Photo credit: Samsung

Photo credit: Samsung

Notice both the Samsung and LG models are both featured in black stainless, which we still believe will be a growing competitor to traditional stainless steel.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall … 

Photo credit: Kohler

Photo credit: Kohler

Check out this smart mirror. Kohler is introducing a new Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, which is a bathroom mirror that has Amazon’s Alexa built-in. It features a dual-microphone solution for accuracy in voice-control and speakers are housed in the casings. There is also a motion-activated wayfinding nightlight for safety, and LED lights for makeup application or other grooming needs. It can also communicate with other connected products in your Wi-Fi network.

Is that an AI in your ceiling? 

Photo credit: GE

Photo credit: GE

Talk with your ceiling lights. You’ll be able to with GE’s Smart Ceiling Fixture. It is a large disk that boasts a speaker in the middle. You can give it voice-driven tasks on anything, like adding an item to your grocery list or telling it to play music. You can also tell it to adjust the warmness or coolness of the lights. It responds to your commands. Flush mount or recessed can lighting options will be available.

Staging and Style

White Kitchen Fatigue?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Are homeowners growing tired of the all-white kitchen? Some design experts believe so. White kitchens have been popular over the past few years, but Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker predicts that the number of homeowners who will get “white-kitchen fatigue” will grow in the new year.

Some homeowners may experiment with adding more colors back in to the kitchen.

“While white kitchens aren’t going anywhere, expect to see a rise in color, especially other neutrals like gray and blue,” Parker notes in reporting on 2018 home trends. “Plus, warm wood tones are becoming a popular replacement for painted cabinets, leading to sophisticated, rich palettes.”

The two-tone look started catching on in 2017, in which cabinet colors were mixed and matched in the kitchen. For example, the bottom cabinets might be a darker color, such as gray, and the upper cabinets then all in white. Or, homeowners were making a bigger statement with their kitchen islands by painting it a bolder color that contrasted with the rest of its kitchen cabinets.

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2018 Outdoor Living Trends: Jaw-Dropping Transformations

By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource

Outdoor patio spaces have sure changed in the last few years with the onset of new outdoor materials, furnishings, fixtures, Cantina doors, and the home owner’s desire for more outdoor living and entertaining space.  In fact, according to the 2017 National Association of REALTORS’ Profile of Home Staging report, the desire to see outdoor spaces staged when selling a home was at 63 percent.  It was not even mentioned in the previous survey.

This outdoor space total transformation is a great example of the kinds of living trends you can expect to see for 2018 and beyond.

Trend #1 – Capitalizing on Available and Unusable Yard Space by Creating Multi-Functional Entertaining Areas

This side yard off the kitchen and dining area was an unusable space used only for barbecuing and the occasional outdoor eating. The patio was too small.  Today’s yards are multi-functional and serve to entertain, lounge, and maximize lot square footage.

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The side yard appears to be much bigger than before and now serves as an extension of the kitchen and living room area.  The wasted and unused yard is now a highlight of the home adding nearly 1,000 square feet of living space.

Trend #2 – Bring the Outside In with La Cantina/Folding Doors

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Removing the kitchen wall and adding La Cantina folding doors allows for seamless movement between the inside and out.  Almost every new home being built in San Diego County has one of these doors inside, so expect to see a lot more of these in the coming years.

Trend #3– Home Bars and Wine Rooms for Entertaining

The casual setting of a home bar is on the rise with a large selection of finishing materials and resources available online to home owners.  More people are entertaining larger crowds in a “help yourself” type of atmosphere.  The Houzz category of “Home Bar” is one of the fastest growing and searched type of photos. So it’s no wonder people are adding them to their outdoor space.

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Trend #4 – Textured Walls/Tongue and Groove Siding

Part of making an outside addition appear to be seamless to the inside is to not have the walls look like the outside of a house.  An easy way to create the “indoor look” is to banish stucco entirely and use tongue and groove, as well as wood cabinets (treated and painted) to add character.

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Photo credit: www.homestagingresource.com

 

Trend #5 – Seamless Outdoor Heating that Works and is Energy Efficient

It wasn’t that long ago home owners were relegated to the indoors for most of the year due to cold and hot weather issues.  Sophisticated and low energy heating units embedded into the ceiling make this a year round space for watching TV and entertaining!

 

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Photo credit: www.homestagingresource.com

 

Trend #6 – Matching Flooring as an “Extension” of the Indoor Space

Keeping in line with the home owner’s desire for a seamless movement between inside and outside, flooring options have widened allowing owner’s to use tile that looks like wood but is hardy and easy to wash in their outside space.

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From a resale standpoint, these outdoor spaces cost much less than additions and add buyer lifestyle value.  Light fixtures, finishes, and furnishings that can withstand the outdoor elements are easier to source than ever before, so it can be fun for the designer/stager to get creative with their clients.

Slinkey ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Audra Slinkey is president of the Home Staging Resource, a RESA Accredited home staging training and certification company. Slinkey has personally trained over 3,000 stagers worldwide and is a bestselling author and international speaker. She also serves as president of the American Society of Home Stagers and RedesignersConnect with her on Facebook!

 

 

 

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The Forecast: 2018 Trends in Staging

By Mary Purcell, MoneyGeek.com

Home staging has gone mainstream and is now widely used to make a home more attractive to potential buyers. According to a 2017 survey by the National Association of REALTORS®, a majority of real estate professionals believe staging increases the sale price of the home anywhere from 1 to 15 percent.

But even if it doesn’t increase the value, most agents agree that staging reduces the amount of time the home sits on the market, which is music to any seller’s ears.

Not all homes need a dramatic makeover, but most homes will benefit from at least a thorough cleaning and culling.

“Staging and preparation can include as little as some fresh paint, but in most cases we also landscape, replace dated light fixtures and hardware, and in many cases refinish hardwood floors, replace countertops, bathroom fixtures, etc.,” says Nicole Kennedy, a home staging expert in Piedmont, Calif.

 

Read on to learn what industry and design trends we can expect in 2018.

More real estate agents get on board

Lori Matzke, founder of HomeStagingExpert.com, provides home staging workshops around the country in addition to running her own staging business in Minnesota. She’s noticed an increased interest and involvement of real estate agents in the staging process.

“Back when I started staging (in 1999), agents were not interested; they didn’t want to have one more thing on their plate,” Matzke says. “My classes are now 90 to 95 percent agents. I think you’re going to see a lot more agents learning about staging and how to advise their clients, because more and more homeowners are demanding that.”

That doesn’t mean agents will be doing the staging themselves, but they will have an eye for what is needed, and will facilitate the interaction between the seller and the stager. “It really helps the homeowner to have an educated real estate agent,” says Matzke. If the agent has prepped the seller about what needs to be removed and cleaned out, it makes the stager’s job faster and cheaper.

Complete vs. partial staging

Staging can range from small efforts like decluttering to a complete move out and refurnishing. Complete staging of vacant homes is a growing trend, according to Matzke. Whether it’s new or model homes, or the seller has moved out, many stagers today only work with vacant homes.

In the booming Bay Area housing market, Kennedy says buyers are accustomed to short sales cycles, so having the home primed and ready is expected.

“Fewer than 10 percent of homes I stage are partial–where we keep some of the furniture and belongings, edit out and add in where needed,” notes Kennedy. “This can be challenging because the staging has to fit in with existing styles and pieces, but it can make more sense to sellers who are staying in the house through the sale.”

Matzke says the complete staging trend isn’t limited to hot real estate markets.

“It’s been trickling down into smaller markets, not just in the larger metropolitan areas,” she notes. The ubiquity of staging on HGTV shows has probably made the idea more palatable to sellers and agents across the county.

Embracing a personal touch

One of the golden rules of staging has long been to keep things neutral to appeal to the widest range of potential buyers. But stagers are increasingly adding a little more design, style, and color to the home.

“Staging is becoming a bit more personal and less stale than it has been in the past,” Kennedy says. “It used to be standard to remove all family photos and personal items from the house, but today’s buyers prefer to see a house with a little personality. They want to see a ‘real’ house that they can imagine themselves in and small, personal details that create an aspirational image can help reach buyers on an emotional level.”

Matzke agrees. “It’s becoming trendy for stagers to do a little mixing with vintage pieces to give it a designer look. I think it gives the place more depth and I’m seeing more chatter about it on blogs.”

Following the design trends

While most of the staging do’s and don’ts will remain the same in 2018, our experts expect some new design trends to emerge in many staged homes next year:

  • Color: After a few years in which just about every design magazine is covered in gray, Matzke has a bold prediction: Gray is dead. “People are embracing beige and creamy white again,” she says. “I think that’s good because not everybody’s furniture fits with gray.”

Stagers are also increasingly adding a pop of color or an upscale design element to appeal to design-conscious buyers.

“Adding a pop of color in a room through accessories or artwork is common,” says Matzke. “The two big colors I think you’ll see a lot of in 2018 are dark teal and millennial pink … especially if you’re marketing to first-time homebuyers or a younger crowd, you might want to add those colors.”

  • Floors: It used to be that preparing a home for sale meant replacing old, stained carpet with new carpet, but Matzke says that, too, is changing. “A lot of people are replacing carpeting with wood and faux wood flooring–at least on the main floor,” she adds.
  • Countertops: While quartz is the latest countertop trend among high-end homes for 2018, Matzke thinks most of America will stick with granite next year because of cost.  “Design magazines are pushing quartz, saying it’s going to be the hot trend for 2018,” Matzke says. “And for the really high-end homes they’re probably right, but for a majority of America, I think it’s still going to be granite.”
  • Glam: Although it sounds counter to the rule of keeping things neutral, HGTV and design magazines have popularized a bit of glam. “For a long time you’ve seen people adding a little bit of rustic, heavy metal designs, but now you’re seeing a lot more shiny metallics,” Matzke says. “Even gold–it adds a bit of bling to the house.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mary Purcell is a freelance writer and health and finance researcher. She covers homebuying, savings and other personal finance-related topics for MoneyGeek.com

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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink, According to Science – 8 Factors to Consider

Article Submitted by Jen Reviews: https://www.jenreviews.com/kitchen-sink/

You need a comfortable kitchen space before anything else. And the first thing to start with when decorating or redecorating the kitchen is the sink. It’s easy when you have all the choices laid out in front of you.

This includes the type, size, number of bowls, material, faucet fitting, and more. If you’re remodeling your kitchen from scratch, choosing a customized kitchen sink is more apt. Something that fits well with the ambience and color palette of the kitchen décor.

Choosing a new kitchen sink, as a homeowner, doesn’t have to be a price-based decision. You can easily narrow down your options based on the different styles and sizes of kitchen sinks. This guide will help you learn about the basics of kitchen sink and what makes it do functional and versatile in your home.

1. Looking At Different Sink Types

This is the simplest rundown for the common kitchen sinks types available on the market. You can opt for either on while modelling your kitchen or during renovating. Each kitchen sink type has its pros and cons, so it’s best to read through them all to find your most ideal fit.

Top Mount (Drop-In)

As the name suggests, a top mount kitchen sink looks like it has been dropped-in from above. It fits comfortably on the kitchen platform with a rim or lip that holds it in place from the edge. This is probably one of the neatest kitchen sinks, requiring minimal installation and service.

The good thing about using a top mount sink is they require only a single hole in the kitchen counter. No special installation needed. However, the kitchen sink’s rim makes it difficult to remove debris from the counter into the sink. So this makes cleaning the kitchen counter a bit tricky.

Undermount

The installation of an undermount sink is completely reversed to that of a top mount sink. While a top mount sink is dropped in from above, an undermount sink is fitted from below the kitchen counter.  The lips of the sink are in level with the kitchen counter, which makes it look sleeker and polished.

The good thing about an undermount sink is that they make cleaning easy and effortless. All you need is a sponge to drive all the debris and water straight into the sink. However, the place where the sink and kitchen counter meet, under the platform, is prone to dust, debris, and gunk buildup. (1,2)

Farmhouse

A farmhouse kitchen sink is a more traditional, yet country-side preference. It’s made up of either stainless steel or composite materials. Plus, you can opt for a single or double bowl sink based on your style. (3)

The good thing about farmhouse kitchen sinks is that they have plenty of space. So washing baking pans or big dishes is effortless. On the other hand, they’re expensive and demand more intricate installation than other sinks.

Integrated

Integrated sinks are rare, but quite fashionable. They’re not what sink manufacturers design, but counter manufacturers. What this means is that an integrated kitchen sink is of the same material and build of the entire kitchen counter. Opting for an integrated sink is only possible when you’re remodeling your entire kitchen counter space.

The good thing about an integrated sink lies in its simple design. It’s easy to clean, stain-free, and allows seamless counter flow. But they’re very expensive to build. And you might find it difficult to hunt down a suitable counter manufacturer who’s ready to build you an integrated kitchen sink.

2. How Many Sinks Would You Prefer?

The size of your kitchen sink also depends on the number of bowls it has. Based on how often you cook and make use of dishes can you determine the right number for you. The most common kitchen sink, in this regard, would be a large single bowl sink.

But if you want more space and comfort while washing bigger dishes. And if you have that kind of kitchen counter space, choosing a double basin sink is ideal.

The main factor to consider is the typical activity that would take place in the kitchen. Deciding the number of bowls you need, based on that factor, can help you narrow down your search.

For example, if you keep busy with work, but prefer cooking at the end of the day, buying a double basin sink offers more space. The same reason applies to someone who lives with a flat-mate who cooks occasionally.

So buying a double basin kitchen sink is more of a sophisticated and pampered investment.

A single basin sink, on the other hand, comes with no division. It’s a simple layout with a kitchen faucet and a drainage hole. Single bowl sinks are often deeper, offering plenty of room for washing larger pans and dishes. The only drawback to them is that they offer no drying area, which double basin sinks do.

There are plenty of varieties to choose from between a single and double basin sink. You can opt for a double basin sink with a low divider to allow more space for washing large dishes. You can also buy a single basin sink with an extended drying platform for safekeeping. (4)

3. Considering The Right Sink Material

With attention to detail, comes selecting a durable and well-finished material for your kitchen sink. Here are some common sink materials to look forward to. (5)

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most popular and common material for kitchens. They withstand scratches, dents, and noise well. Plus, newer stainless steel models come with noise-absorption technology to make usability easier. (6)

The pros of stainless steel kitchen sinks are plenty. Starting from the fact they’re exceptionally inexpensive. Even designer brands offer affordable stainless steel kitchen sinks. And they can be molded into different sink types such as top mount, undermount, single, and double basin sinks.

However, some stainless steel sinks are prone to displaying water discoloration marks and smears. So you need to be able to bargain for only high-quality sink models. (7)

Composite

Second to stainless steel, composite sinks are traditionally made of granite or quartz. Some composite sinks come with a resin filler, making it the hardest material to use. This combination makes it temperature-resistant and spotless to maintain.

And that’s precisely what makes composite costlier than stainless steel sinks. Their heat and stain-resistant design is tough to ignore when you’re remodeling. Even though it has a unique appeal, composite kitchen sinks can be molded into different shapes and sizes. And they come in a variety of colors, making it the most fashionable option.

However, light-colored granite-composite kitchen sinks are prone to staining and scratches. So you need to make more of an effort to keep it clean.

Other common kitchen sink materials are natural stone, porcelain, cast iron, and fireclay. They all are easy to maintain and extremely durable. At the end of it all, it’s all a matter of personal preference based on the type of sink you choose to buy.

4. Deciding On The Right Sink Depth

The function of a kitchen sink also depends on how deep it is. A bad sink depth can mean an aching back, neck, and fatigue. When you stand in front of your kitchen sink, you need to make sure you don’t bend uncomfortably toward the sink. This causes lower back pain. (8)

According to Consumer Reports, the ideal sink depth is between 6 to 12 inches deep. Anything deeper can make it uncomfortable to watch dishes for a long period of time. This also depends on the type of kitchen sink you opt for.

For example, a top mount kitchen sink has to be at least 1 1/2 inches higher than an undermount sink. (9)

A high-quality kitchen sink, with the right depth can last for more than 15 years. According to SFGate, the right kitchen sink depth may range from 8 to 10 inches. This makes it easier to pre-soak dishes and prep for other rinsing work.

Buying a shallow sink, on the other hand, makes more sense if you’re short. If you fall below 5 feet 5 inches, a shallower sink will feel most comfortable. This reduces back strain and allows you to rinse and deep clean large dishes easily.

Another benefit of using shallow kitchen sinks is that they allow good storage space. You can place your garbage disposal underneath the sink. This is not possible under a deep kitchen sink. And from the price perspective, opting for a shallow kitchen sink is more inexpensive than a deep one.

5. What About Its Solid Surface?

A kitchen sink’s solid surface is a combination of man-made materials of heavy-duty polymer and plastic resins. Compared to its build material, the solid surface of a kitchen sinks has its own advantages. (10)

It is available at a lower price and is comparatively easier to maintain. The natural minerals and polymers make it well-furnished and sleek. You might even say it’s a better alternative to laminate countertop sinks, making it one of the best traditional methods for remodeling the kitchen.

On top of that, the appearance and feel of a solid surface can be altered, or made glossy, based on your preferences. This requires frequent polishing or laminating, which isn’t at all possible in quartz or any other material surface.

The idea behind incorporating a solid surface is to avoid constant wear and tear. Especially cracks and scratches. This is what makes a solid surface the safest choice for long-term usability.

The best advantage of using a solid surface is non-porous quality. This means it keeps bacteria away, is more sanitary, and does leave behind an odor. Regardless of how often you wash your dirty dishes in it. Another benefit if that it resists impacts better than any other laminate on the market. This makes it stronger, more rigid, and resistant from top to bottom.

However, using a solid surface invites space difficulties. You will benefit the most from a bigger solid surface countertop sink than a smaller one. This is because it allows more rinsing, soaking, and washing space. And it keeps scratches, stains, and other kinds of damages at bay.

6. Choosing The Right Kitchen Color

Deciding on the right color for your kitchen sink is as important as picking out a proper size. Lots of factors go into the process of deciding a neutral sink color. Because with the wrong kind, you end up with visible stains and scratches.

You don’t want anything interfering with your kitchen décor, so here’s what you need to know before making your final choice.

If you’re buying a solid acrylic resin countertop, you’ve opted for a popular one. These kitchen sinks come with a smooth and sleek color palette. And that generally includes off-white, beige, or light yellow color variations.

You will find that most such surfaces are either undermounted or top mounted. Different companies have different surfacing for such kitchen sinks, but you will always find color similarity between each of them. This makes choosing a brand-new kitchen sink much more confusing.

Neutral colors such as beige or off-white are easily integrated into a kitchen. They look clean and it’s easier to spot stains and scratches over a period of time. Stainless steel sinks, which lack the solid surfacing of a quartz or granite sink, come in a single laminated surface. Which is stainless, scratch-resistant, and impact-resistant.

With time, cheap quality kitchen sinks with bright colors lose their shine. This leads to color cracking and scratches. At the end of it all, you need a non-porous sink surface that doesn’t look dingy and dull due to consistent use. It also should leave behind odor and stains when you clean built-up layers of food after cleaning oily metal pots and deep dishes.

7. Finding The Right Location For Your Sink

The placement of the kitchen sink is an important factor to consider. Firstly, the main thing to look for is the placement of all your drainage and existing pipes. But if you have the option to decide on a fixed spot for kitchen- where would it be?

On the other hand, you may also like to spend a few extra bucks to re-install your drainage system in a more comfortable place in the kitchen. With that said, let’s look into the basics of getting the placement right.

The sink includes a faucet system, which includes a soap dispenser and sprayer, and a drainage hole. If located incorrectly, it can lead to leakage and other internal damages. By definition, the location of your kitchen sink must coordinate well with your countertop.

The sink is the most important and space-consuming part of your kitchen. So positioning it centrally is a good option to increase accessibility. Also, you must ensure there’s plenty of space underneath the sink mount for the drainage system and other important components; especially if you’re installing an undermount kitchen sink.

If you’re installing a kitchen sink near the window, make sure the opening and closing of the window doesn’t interfere with the faucet system. Windowsills generally don’t work well with tall faucets. The same applies to cabinets or bartops that may sit behind tall faucets. (11)

Designing your kitchen based on where you position your sink is necessary. It makes cooking, cleaning, and entertaining guests easier. And a classic work setup in the kitchen is a good way to keep things organized and neat. This helps when you live in a busy home.

For larger homes, opting for multiple sinks is a good option. It gives you the space and flexibility to clean larger dishes and pots, entertain guests, and for food prep. With a nice sink placement, you can get more work done comfortably! And that’s the whole point of buying a brand-new kitchen sink, right?

8. Which Worktop Works Best For Your Sink?

This has nothing to do with the build and appearance of an actual kitchen sink. But it’s the build and appearance of the kitchen’s worktop, where the sink will be installed. This is important because a worktop supports your sink through thick and thin.

There are two main types of kitchen worktops, with their own pros and cons – laminate and wood worktops.

Laminate worktop

Laminate worktops look a lot like wood worktops, but with a more textured or glossy finish. They are also available in a variety of colors and patterns on the market, unlike wood furnished worktops.

The main composition of a laminate worktop includes layers of core forms that are moisture and heat resistant by nature. They also offer excellent durability and stability to resist scratches, stains, and cracking. Most laminate worktops come with chipboard coating, which is supported by an adhesive glue or seal to keep it together. This fights harder to resist any sort of damage due to wear and tear.

Installing a laminate worktop is much faster and simpler than wood. The only thing to factor in is its correct size and shape before installation. It also helps when you have proper adhesive seals to coat the raw edges on the laminate. This is especially important if you have children or pets around.

The last thing to think about when using a laminate worktop for your sink is its maintenance. Laminate worktops are water, stain, dust, and impact resistant. So they require exceptionally low maintenance over the months. Some high-quality laminate worktops come with heat-resistant capabilities, making it easier on you to keep it clean and away from harm.

Wooden worktop

The main composition of a wooden worktop is a combination of highly-pressurized staves. It’s entirely wood, featuring the appearance and qualities of natural timber. The reason behind why many people opt for a wooden worktop, despite its wooden effect, is because of its luxurious color and feel.

Unlike laminate worktops, wooden worktops look more authentic, furnished, and beautiful as they get older. If you’re worried about excessive heating, you should know that modern wooden worktops come with durable coating to prevent moisture and heat build-up. This protective coating also helps against the environment, tackling all kinds of debris, dust, and stains.

The next thing you should know about wooden worktops is they require articulate installation. Natural wood contracts and expands when adapting to a new environment. So with the help of special tools, such as brackets, you can pin each stave down without compromising on quality. You need rugged brackets to avoid splitting or cracking of wood during installation.

For maintenance and repair, cleaning the counter, by a professional, 6 weeks after installation is important. This removes all kinds of dust and debris build-up, which saves you tons of money when installing or repairing a kitchen sink. (12,13)

When it comes to taking good care of your kitchen counter, one thing always leads to another. That’s why considering a durable and efficient worktop is important for a kitchen sink.

Installing A Kitchen Sink For The First Time

Whether you decide on installing the new sink yourself or you’ve booked an appointment with a professional, knowing the best installation method for your kitchen sink is important.

It will help you think about what’s right for your kitchen as well as what’s safe and longer lasting. So let’s begin.

The Basics

The basics of installing a new sink include the sink’s drain, faucet system, and what goes beyond both systems. To connect the sink’s drain, which lies between the tailpiece and waste line, it’s always advisable to start with the sink’s tailpiece. You can adjust based on how tight the sink’s drain pipe gets.

Before you set out to buy the necessary tools for installation, it’s always helpful to draw a map of all the key components of the sink, including the drainage and faucet system. This will help you find the right tools as you need and accelerate the installation process.

Mapping The Sink’s Location

To have exact knowledge of where your sink goes, use a marker to create a visible boundary. Most companies offer a sink template for placement, this will help you make a mark on the counter with exact measurements.

If you dislike the idea of using a marker on your kitchen worktop, use a tape instead for outlining the sink’s exact location. This way, you can connect all dots of the kitchen sink without missing even a single inch.

Cutting The Worktop

This involves you (or a professional) using a jigsaw blade to cut a hole in the sink’s actual location. To make matters easier, use a wooden scrap longer than the actual cut-out and lay it close to the jigsaw blade. This is important because it prevents unnecessary binding of the blade.

Once you cut along both sides of the location, drop in the sink to make sure it fits. If it still doesn’t, you can easily trim the edges of the hole, as needed.

Installing The Faucet

Place the sink upside down on a flat surface, even a counter would work. Insert the faucet’s tubing, including the tailpiece, into the gasket. Seal the entire foundation right to the sink and into the holes of the sink.

Using the proper mounting nuts and washers to screw the sink deck in place. Before you move on to the next step, make sure the faucet can swing in a full arc. Any sort of restriction in movement shouldn’t be allowed.

Installing The Strainer

Use plumber’s putty under the strainer’s lip and, with the sink still placed upside down, push it through the sink’s drain. Next, lay out the washer, gasket, and the strainer’s housing on top of the strainer, keeping it against the underside of the sink.

Using your hands, thread the lockout and tighten the pliers together. You can then install the gasket on the tailpiece and join it together with the strainer. Tightening the nut by hand is a better alternative while keeping the strainer in place.

Connecting The Water Supply & Drain

For a top mount sink, drop in the sink after removing the tape toward the hole. Using a thick band of silicone caulk and stuff it on the underside of the sink. Then it’s time to set the sink in its final countertop position.

Connect all the faucets to the valves and attach the hose to its threaded tailpiece. The only thing left to do is to connect the drain onto the drain tailpiece.

To do that, you can make use of PVC pipe to trap the drain towards the tailpiece. A PVC pipe is easy to swivel and adjust for better alignment. Coat each pipe with a primer and let it dry for a couple of hours.

Coat PVC cement, as the last step, on the gaps where the pipes are joined and hold together for 30 seconds. After this, connect the dishwasher drain line (if you have one) with the sink’s drain line. This will thread and connect all pipes with no sign of leakage or spill.

Maintaining A Kitchen Sink

Here’s what you need to know about keeping your kitchen sink, whether stainless steel or porcelain-made, clean and tidy.

Stainless Steel

The best way to keep a stainless steel sink clean is by ensuring all the dishes kept inside the sink are free from leftovers and food particles. Rinsing a plate or a pot before placing it in the sink can save you lots of time in cleaning.

You can make sure of a sponge holder or a drain stopping to keep the sink clean.

Next, with the help of a washing soap and a warm cloth, clean the faucet, drainage hole, and edges of the sink. This needs to be done each time you wash dishes in the sink. Also for prepping dishes or rinsing them for use.

Stainless steel sinks are heat and moisture-resistant, which makes them the ideal choice. But what about fighting odors that travel up the drain? To solve that problem, you can run hot water down the drain to prevent odor. It also unclogs the drain of gooey or hard food particles.

If you do this several times a month, it has a drastic impact on your sink’s shelf life.

For cleaning the solid surface of the stainless steel sink, use a combination of lemon juice and baking soda. Pour it over the surface and let it sit for 10 minutes before scrubbing or washing it off with lukewarm water.

You can repeat the same process for cleaning the drain and polishing up the sink inside out.

Porcelain

A porcelain sink is harder to clean, but a combination of soap and warm water can do the trick. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clean the surface of the sink. It removes stains, odor, and oil residue.

An alternative to that would be baking soda or lemon juice to aggressively fight stains. Lemon juice also helps in polishing the surface of porcelain for a longer lasting appearance.

Conclusion

That’s all you need to know about choosing a kitchen sink. If your existing sink is giving you lots of trouble that even a plumber is unable to solve, it only makes sense to buy a new model. And if you’re planning a kitchen remodel, it’s the best time to buy a new, sophisticated kitchen sink!

This guide will help you learn the ropes on what makes a kitchen sink efficient and comfortable to use. It will also help you differentiate between an average kitchen sink and a spectacular one, all at a valuable price.

There are plenty of reliable brands offering different sink sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. From stainless steel to durable granite and more modern materials, it’s your time to buy the best of the best, at a good price!

That said, the most important quality of a kitchen sink is its form. It needs to be stainless, impact-resistant, non-porous, and free from unwanted chemicals. This is a true sign of a good manufacturer that stands by its products, no matter the circumstance.