We wrote not that long ago about the benefits and styles of farmhouse sink that have made a comeback in the last while, to follow this up, I’d like to tell you a little about the ins-and-outs of the style. Gathering the right information before starting a project or installation is one of the most important steps of renovation, especially when the job is as visible as a sinks is.
The original farmhouse sink sat in front of the cabinets so that runoff water that didn’t stay in the basin would go straight to the floor, sparing the cabinets below.Farmhouse sinks are still installed in this fashion, but the reasoning is different. The original cause is still A reason, but the main one now is aesthetics. Current installation practices place the sink basin just below the countertop level with a side overhang. This makes it very easy to wipe the countertop into the sink for easy clean-up.
No matter what your style of kitchen, having somewhere to set recently washed dishes is practically a must. This causes the problem of having a drainboard out on the counter, completely damaging the look you were trying to achieve. There is, however, a work around. A set of drainer grooves can set you up nicely. Drainer grooves are shallow channels that are routed into the counter. The grooves won’t affect the look of your counter, and will cause easy water run-off due to a very slightly increasing angle of the grooves as they get closer to the sink. This is a great, and very easy work around to destroying that look you’ve worked so hard for by tossing a drainboard right into the mix.
Now it’s Faucet Time
Having a farmhouse sink in your home lends a good deal of nostalgia to your kitchen while bringing in a rustic sense that enhances both country and traditional styled kitchens. This effect is only compounded by a white porcelain farmhouse sink with a traditional style faucet tap. Any number of faucet taps that match the white porcelain can be found due to the resurgence of the style’s popularity. Bear in mind that typical farmhouse sinks do not have a hole for the faucet and it must be connected through the counter behind it or the wall above the sink.
If your farmhouse sink is white, it’s usually made from porcelain, fireclay, or a metal of one sort or another.
Fireclay. A fireclay sink is made of superheated clay. The superheating process hardens the sink and causes a fantastic shine. The high durability of this sink material means that it’s chip and scratch resistant, as well as being great looking.
Porcelain. A porcelain sink is made of heated ceramic, although the temperature it’s heated to isn’t quite as high as hot fireclay gets. Porcelain sinks are similar in look to fireclay, but it chips and discolors easier.
A Redesigned Modern Style
Unlike the original design of the farmhouse sink, the modern versions are perched right on top of the countertop and have space for the water tap incorporated right into the sink. This gets ride of the need that used to exist for the countertop to run around the back of the sink. To add another benefit to the modern design is the elimination of the risk that water will find a way down the sink’s side, providing a superior degree of watertightness, though it is at the cost of authenticity.
Things to Keep In Mind
Keeping a Tight Seal. A fireclay or porcelain farmhouse sink’s measurements can vary a small amount from sink to sink, the surfaces can also be a bit uneven. This isn’t something to be concerned about, just the opposite, it’s something to embrace. It’s one of the natural characteristics of the materials and makes you sink unique. With this in mind, it makes keeping the surface sealed properly hugely important. Even when installed under a perfectly level countertop, there can be gaps because of this imperfection. After installation is complete, be sure that the edges are sealed correctly. The above mentioned angling of the countertop grooves can significantly cut down on water wear and improve the overall look of your countertop.
Color is Everything. A lovely white porcelain sink looks great, but you should keep in mind that they’re white face can work against them. Grim and scratches look extremely obvious in a white sink. On the bright side, a white sink is super easy to clean and most products on the market are designed to be used on this type of sink. Conversely fireclay and porcelain are very hard surfaces and washing things in them can be noisy, also they are less foriging when breakable things are dropped in them.