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SEP 2018

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Sink placement is something Elkay is be- ginning to pay more attention to as well, ac- cording to Design Manager Jason Silverstein, but he thinks counter space in general plays a role in kitchen sink selection and placement. "During the design space, it's important to think about the size of the sink you need ver- sus counter space you have. For example, if you have a massive kitchen island in the plan, then go for a larger sink off the island and plan the cabinets around it. We know people want bigger sink areas, but there's always a constant battle between counter space and sink size," he says. "As kitchens get bigger and islands offer more counter space, we've seen an increase in both the number of sinks and size of sinks. From what we've seen, those larger primary sinks are staying off the island. Homeowners may love showcasing their cook- top, but the sink holding dirty dishes, not so much. However, second sinks for food prep and kitchen support are becoming more pop- ular on standalone islands. e sink's install location is something we've recently started tracking, so it will be interesting to watch the data over the next few years." small, family members might trip over each other or if it's too large, food preparation might be a tiring task. "Sink placement is a personal choice," Jackson continues. "Homeowners may pre- fer to place their sink by windows to give themselves a view while prepping for a meal or cleaning up, whereas others may prefer to face the rest of their home where they can still converse with guests or keep an eye on children." of sink upfront as well as the faucet, since some faucet styles are too tall and do not work underneath cabinets, for instance, or the style of faucet is too large for the space selected for the sink. A good design ad- dresses both the sink and faucet styles, and where to place them for the best working kitchen layout." Scott Jackson, kitchen group manager at Moen, also notes the importance of a kitchen sink in relation to cabinetry and counter- top selections. "e sink is the center of the kitchen, as prep work, cooking and clean- up all involve work at the kitchen sink in one way or another. Having a sink that best matches homeowner needs is critical to have a functional and efficient kitchen. Before se- lecting a sink, designers should consider how the sink will function and how the kitchen layout will affect sink selection. For example, larger kitchens can mean multiple sinks and feature a second, smaller prep sink located in an island," he says. "Regardless of a kitch- en's size or layout, homeowners should have easy access to the kitchen triangle—the sink, stove and refrigerator. If this triangle is too A remodeler should find out how much cooking and cleaning the homeowner does. Christy Emens, marking communication manager, Blanco Selecting a sink early in the design process, like FRANKE's Farm House Sink (above) or the Chef Center XL (left), helps dictate installation methods and cabinetry needs upfront. Circle 6 on inquiry card 62 September 2018 QR QualifiedRemodeler.com PRODUCT TRENDS: Kitchen Sinks

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