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2008: A Fresh Start!

It is 2008 and I am ready to tackle a new year ahead.
I took a few days off to recharge my batteries, feeling rested and renewed I am looking forward to designing and remodeling more kitchens.
I love getting letters and here is an interesting one in regards to an older post I did on sinks.

Hi Laurie.
I just ran across your blog while searching for opinion on corner
cabinets (to use or not to use, and what type) as I’m renovating my
kitchen.

I’m pleased to see that, on paper, I’ve been adhering to good design
standards and avoiding ruinous errors (doors and drawers interfering,
for instance).

Than I ran across this post regarding sinks and you advice exactly
against something I had planned. But I’m not sure why. I’m hoping
you’ll satisfy my curiosity.

Number 6: Waste Disposer Compartment: If you are ordering a single
bowl sink, you will want to get the food waste disposer located in
the far corner and not in the middle of the bowl.

I had in mind a 18 gauge rectangular single bowl 30″ wide, 10″ deep.
Naturally, I want a garbage disposal. The models I was looking at are
indeed center drained. I currently have a double bowl stainless steel
with no disposal at all.

Surely the drain plumbing isn’t the rationale for not locating the
disposal in the center. Or is it? What am I overlooking? What is the
rationale?

Another thing you mentioned was a tile – in sink, stainless. I’ve not
seen one in stainless. I must not be using the right keyword combo on
google. Can you point me in the correct direction?

If you want me to post this in your comments I will be glad to do so
and you can answer me there.

Thanks so much! Clare.

Response:
Hello Clare,
The idea behind a single bowl sink is better function. A single bowl sink may accommodate larger pots and pans without the cumbersome partition getting in the way.
The drawback to a single bowl sink:
1. It’s the only sink and multiple tasks are hindered with one bowl.
2. During cooking preparations or clean up, if the garbage disposal is centered and the sink is in use with stacked dinnerware for clean up, the dinnerware or whatever is in the sink has to be moved aside or moved up and out to the counter to get access to the garbage disposal. I prefer a drain that is offset, so that the drain is always accessible.
The drawback to a 10″ deep sink, what do you really gain that you can’t get in a 7 1/2″ or 8″ deep sink? Hovering over a deep sink can give you a neck ache or back ache. Stand in front of one at the store and imagine scouring a frying pan. Your body is reaching deeper to accomplish the task.

I have noticed most cast iron or fire clay sinks will locate the drain in the middle, whereas stainless steel sinks will give you more options having the drain off set (middle back, middle or corners). I see that you are interested in Stainless Steel sinks, so finding a sink with an offset drain should be very easy. There are alternate options if you are still looking.
In my last post on sinks, I listed several manufacturers. Please check back to those links. Offset drain sinks are there.
Since searching for an off set drain in cast iron is a bit harder to find in single bowl sink, here are a few options.
Whitehaus and Kohler both offer a shallow divide sink. See picture attached below from Whitehaus.
Also see the American Standard sink attached. The drain is offset, shown in this picture. There are other size and mounting options. Check with your plumbing store. This sink looks very practical, you can use the garbage disposal even when the sink is full due to the practical offset design.

Here is another (see below) from Commercial Enamel with the drain offset, centered, back. Notice the tile-in style. You can undermount this if you are selecting a solid surface. If you are tiling, (which seems like so many don’t anymore), this tile in model would be installed level and flush with the tile.
This model (shown directly above) has the drain offset center/back. The difference: the faucets are mounted on the sink, not the counter.
Hope that helps! Let me know what you bought.

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Author:

Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at burkeKBdesign@gmail.com http://laurieburke.houzz.com

4 thoughts on “2008: A Fresh Start!

  1. Great point about the offset drain! I currently have a single bowl sink and it is always a problem getting waste to the drain during clean-up due to stacks of dishes in the way.

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  2. I like all these offset drains– we can always use better space under the sink!

    One challenge I’ve come across is to double-check the sink cabinet width when using a 1-hp disposal. With the upper corner drain, the larger disposals have a tough time fitting in the back corner.

    Kelly

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  3. Yes Kelly, I agree. Purchasing sinks, faucets, garbage disposals, the width of a sink base cabinet are all components that have to be well thought out in advance. One decision affects the next.

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