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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink | Custom Home Kitchen Design

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Custom Home Kitchen Design

Kitchen Sink Style Options


As you make plans for the Durham, NC custom home you’d like to build, it’s always fun to choose your favorite kitchen features.

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms of the home, and you will use your sink every day.  Take a look at these recently completed custom homes in the Durham, NC area for 2012 kitchen sink and faucet style ideas.


Sink Material Types: Stainless Steel, Cast Iron, Composite

Custom Home Kitchen Style Ideas


Stainless steel sinks are one of the most popular choices for custom home kitchens. Stainless steel sinks are easy to clean and durable. 

A lower-gauge stainless steel makes a higher the quality kitchen sink.    

The NC custom home pictured to the left has a single-bowl stainless steel under mount sink with single lever pull-out spray faucet and matching built-in soap dispenser.


 How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style | 2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | Pictures of Kitchen Sink Styles

Cast iron sinks are becoming more popular in custom homes - giving the kitchens a sought-after modern-antique feel. Cast iron sinks are:

 - Available in white and other colors

 - Heavier than stainless steel and composite sinks - the under cabinets must hold the weight

 - Not as scratch and wear resistent over time

The NC custom home pictured to the right has a double-bowl white cast iron under mount sink with single lever faucet and spray arm, fitted to granite countertops.

How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style | 2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | Pictures of Kitchen Sink Styles


Composite sinks can be a popular choice when trying to meet a budget. Composite sinks can:

 - Come in a variety of colors

 - Could possibly scratch and stain more easily


The NC custom home pictured to the left has a double-bowl composite under mount sink with double-lever faucet and matching spray arm.


Sink Placement

A kitchen sink can be an under mount sink (placed under the counter) or a rimmed sink (placed on top of the counter.

Under mount sinks are more popular because they have no rim or eCustom Home Kitchen Designdge to catch water, dirt, and food particles.

But, under mount sinks require a solid countertop made of materials like corian, granite, cement, or stainless steel.

Rimmed sinks (pictured to the right) are mounted above the countertop, with a smooth integration.

Rimmed sinks are not limited to solid countertop materials, and are usually placed in formica countertops.


Number of Sink Bowls 

Custom Home Kitchen Design


Custom home kitchen sinks usually come with one or two bowls, although some kitchens use three bowl sinks (which are handy when there are multiple cooks needing to share the same sink space).

Single-bowl sinks can accommodate large objects like pots and pans.

Double-bowl sinks are more common in Durham new homes. They are convenient for prep work and can accommodate a range of objects of various sizes.  Typically double-bowls come in a 60-40 size ratio. 

Sink Faucets and Special Features

Two of the most popular custom home sink faucet special features are the spray arm and the pot filler.

A spray arm is an additional attachment that can be installed next to the sink faucet, or it can extend out of the faucet. The sprayer helps wash larger objects or reach out to fill containers. 2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style

A pot filler - used to fill large pots - is installed above the kitchen range. The faucet arm folds against the wall, and can extend out to reach over a pot on the stove.

2012 Custom Home Kitchen Ideas | How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Style








The Worthington (pictured above) is a great example of a gourmet kitchen designed for frequent cooking - with the convenience of a pot filler.


NC Custom Home Kitchens

When you build an NC custom home with Stanton Homes, making changes to your kitchen floor plan is easy.

And with Stanton Homes free initial design services, you can see all the possibilities for your new home kitchen, before you make any decisions.

Get ideas from these kitchen floor plan transformations, designed by Stanton Homes to fit the lifestyles of our homebuyers.

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Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.



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