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How to Choose the Right Type of Kitchen Sink

From washing hands to cleaning dishes, your sink plays an essential role in the function and design of your kitchen. Here’s exactly how to choose the right type of kitchen sink.

Choosing a kitchen sink and kitchen tapware takes careful consideration. As well as complementing the way you cook and clean, both items need to seamlessly flow with the style of the space and improve efficiency.

A quality sink and taps are an investment. As you will likely be using them frequently every day, it pays to buy the best your budget can afford. Cheap items simply won’t last as long and so will require regular replacement. A quality set, however, should serve you well now and into the future. 

Also consider how the kitchen tapware and kitchen sink will work together. A smaller sink calls for a smaller tap, while a bigger sinks requires balance with bigger taps.

Stainless Steel sinks outsell all others and for good reason. A stainless steel sink is hard-wearing, easy to keep clean and inexpensive compared to most other options. There are so many sizes and designs available, you can find a stainless steel sink that’s perfect for almost any kitchen.

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So, how do you choose the right kitchen sink? There are essentially three different types of sinks, each installed in a different way: top-mount sinks, under-mount sinks, and flush-mount sinks.

Top-Mount Kitchen Sinks:  As the most common type of kitchen sink, the top-mount sink is installed by inserting the sink into a pre-cut hole in the countertop. The wide rim around the sink supports it on top of the countertop, and is then caulked in place with silicone for a water-tight fit.

However, top-mount sinks have some functional as well as aesthetic drawbacks. Because the lip of the sink is exposed, it’s not possible to sweep food or liquid directly into the sink, making it harder to clean the edges of the sink and the countertops in general. What’s more, in a tight kitchen, the inch or two that the rim takes up can eat up valuable counter space. Because of these reasons, the top-mount sink is sometimes seen as undesirable and dated, without the clean lines of other sink types.

Under-Mount Kitchen Sinks:  As the name implies, under-mount sinks are attached to the underside of a countertop, where special clips ensure the sink stays in place or the sink is supported from underneath by the base cabinet structure.

Under-mount sinks are the answer to just about every negative aspect of the top-mount sink. The seamless transition into the sink makes for easier cleaning and a modern aesthetic, and they take up less counter space than a top-mount sink of the same bowl size.

But under-mount sinks aren’t without their share of negative aspects. They’re typically more expensive than under-mount sinks, and can require a bit of careful design of the mounting system if the sink is particularly heavy.

Flush-Mount Kitchen Sinks (Integrated Sinks): A flush-mount sink is one in which the surface of the countertop flows seamlessly into the sink, with no visible edges or changes in material. This is often achieved with solid surface sinks using Corian bench tops.

The integrated sink shares the same space-saving and easy-to-clean attributes as the under-mount sink, but with the added benefit of a consistent material. While some people like the look of stainless steel, for some, the use of one material is desirable.

Because integrated sinks are custom-order items along with the countertops they are made with, they can’t be purchased off the shelf and are more difficult to find and more expensive.

Choosing the right kitchen sinks

Kitchen Sink Configurations: The configuration of a sink refers to a broad range of characteristics, from number of faucet holes to the shape and number of bowls.

How to Choose the Right Type of Kitchen Sink.

Single Bowl: A single bowl sink is self-explanatory: it consists of a sink that is not divided up into separate areas. A single bowl sink is ideal when it comes to saving space. It comes in a range of sizes and shapes, from smaller round sinks to larger rectangular sinks. Because the sinks aren’t divided into two or more distinct bowls, a wider range of items can fit in the sink to be cleaned, like large pots and pans. They’re also typically less expensive than double bowl sinks, and work well as secondary sinks or bar sinks. Depending on how you do your dishes, a single bowl sink can use more water and dish detergent, and you won’t be able to sort different items into different bowls.

Double Bowl Sinks: Similarly, a double bowl sink is also quite self-explanatory, created either out of one large sink with a divider or from two distinct bowls framed into a single sink. A standard configuration is one large bowl with an adjacent smaller bowl, but it is also possible to find sinks with two bowls of equal size, or one deep bowl and one shallow bowl.

Double bowl sinks are great because they can be used for prep or drying, allowing for more versatility than a single bowl sink. Again, depending on how you will wash your dishes, the double bowl arrangement may allow you to use less water, and you may find a range of sink accessories like a cutting board or colander made to fit into one of your bowls.

However, double bowl sinks are typically a bit more expensive than single bowl sinks, and they’re also usually larger and therefore not ideal for smaller kitchens.

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Handleless Kitchen Cabinets

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f you are looking for a modern, sleek and streamlined design, handleless kitchen cabinets might be the perfect option.

There’s something about the clean and effortless look of a handle-less kitchen cabinets that homeowners seem to love, particularly in contemporary kitchens.

Handleless kitchen cabinets and handle-less cabinetry are currently very much in vogue.

Planning a new kitchen can be an exciting process. You will be using it every day, so it’s important that your kitchen not only looks good but is practical too.

Blum’s motion technologies support the design of handle-less lift systems, doors and drawers. 

Whether electrical, mechanical or a combination of both, Blum offers the right solution for every kitchen cabinetry.

Blum fittings allows us to design lift systems, doors and drawer units to suit your requirements in the kitchen and throughout the home.

Blum gives us four motion technologies to create, plan and implement your unique handle-less kitchen designs.

Electric opening with SERVO-DRIVE

Handle-less cabinets opens at a single touch with the SERVO-DRIVE electrical motion support system. And it closes again softly and effortlessly when combined with soft-close BLUMOTION. Lift systems close with ultimate ease at the press of a switch.

Mechanical opening and closing with TIP-ON BLUMOTION

TIP-ON BLUMOTION combines the TIP-ON mechanical opening system with tried and tested soft-close BLUMOTION. Cabinets open at a single touch and closes with a gentle push. The system works on a purely mechanical basis.

Mechanical opening with TIP-ON

The TIP-ON mechanical opening system allows you to implement handle-less cabinetry throughout the home. Fronts open at a single touch, too close, simply press shut.

Mechanical soft close with BLUMOTION

Soft-close BLUMOTION ensures that handle-less kitchen cabinetry closes softly and effortlessly no matter how hard you slam fronts. The feature can be combined with lift systems, hinges, box and runner systems.

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Handle-less Kitchen Cabinets

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Kitchen Benchtops

Kitchen Benchtops

Kitchen Benchtops/Countertops Options

No kitchen renovation is complete without a perfectly kitchen benchtop. It is one of the most important features.

Quality kitchen benchtops can be found in all styles and price range. 

Kitchen benchtops are an investment because they must withstand wear and tear and last for years to come.

Timber Benchtops

A timber bench top is an economical option that never goes out of style, whether your preferred aesthetic sits at sleek and modern, or raw and rustic.

Each piece of timber is a gift from nature. Treat it with the love and respect it deserves and it will reward us with its beauty forever.

Make a quality statement that’s unique, because each piece of timber is a “one-off” piece of nature’s artistry.

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Engineered Stone Benchtops

For many, engineered stone from Caesarstone®, Smartstone, Essastone or TCE Stone is the holy grail of kitchen materials.

Rich in sophistication and style, the premium nature of engineered stone countertops will be a drawcard not just for you and your family, but for anyone who walks into your dream kitchen.

Engineered stone is where the beauty of natural stone meets the durability of quartz. It is the ultimate choice for stone kitchen benchtops.

Why choose Engineered Stone:

Highly scratch, stain and heat resistant

Low maintenance, cleans easily with soap and water

Hygienic, built with Bacteriostatic Protection

Available in 20mm, 40mm with a thick modern edge

Built to last with a 10 year plus limited warranty

Waterfall ends available

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Laminate Benchtops

Laminate bench tops from Polytec, Laminex, Wilsonart or Formica are very good budget options.

The diversity range of laminate colours, finishes and prints are designed to work together, paves the way for highly original and bespoke kitchen designs.

The laminated benchtops are made using melamine High Moisture Resistant (H.M.R.) board.

The benchtops can be made to the standard thicknesses of 33mm or 38mm.

Why choose Laminate

Fully sealed and resistant to stains, scratches and moisture

Durable and hard wearing

Variety of colours, including stone and timber looks

Easy to clean

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Top Trends In Kitchen Cabinetry Design

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Kitchen cabinetry is not just for storage. It is an essential element to your kitchen’s style when doing a kitchen renovation.

While simple clean cabinetry will keep getting popular, some homeowners will prefer unique customised styles that will make a clear statement. Here are the top trends for kitchen cabinet design.

Open Shelving

Open shelves look beautiful in the magazines, but not necessarily a “must-have” for most homeowners. Lets face it, you have to have a matching set of dinnerware or specialty pieces you want on display.  But with good organisation and the right kind of shelves, you can create a really unique cutting edge style for your kitchen.

Multiple Colours in the Kitchen

For cabinetry, homeowners are favouring customised colours that perfectly fit their kitchen spaces. Neutral colours are currently big favourites with tones like grey, but don’t count out the darker colour.

You might have the upper cabinets finished in white while the base cabinetry is a natural wood look.  An interesting kitchen cabinet design is to make the island a different colour than the perimeter cabinets. Since the island is more like a piece of furniture, it’s an easy breakaway piece that you can feel comfortable being bold.

Under Cabinet Lighting

LED lighting has had a particularly good run as homeowners change over from traditional incandescent bulbs. It provides good lighting for activities, comes in a variety of colours and the bulbs last for a really long time. 

This has made it a popular option for under-cabinet lighting. Under cabinet LED lights come in different forms including pucks, strips, and bars. When fixed under the wall cabinetry, they help add light to the working area as well as improve the overall ambiance.

Kitchen Sinks and Tapware

Focused on functionality, today’s kitchens are being designed with large single bowl sinks or with multiple sinks.

Large single bowl sinks are popular mostly for their large deep sizes, that allows for more comfortable use, and style. These sinks are perfect for larger items such as cookie sheets, stockpots, and skillet handles.  

We are also seeing a rise of unique and fun kitchen tap designs. Today, kitchen tapware come in all shapes, curves, and twists.

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Flatpack vs Custom Kitchens

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FLATPACK VS CUSTOM KITCHENS – Why choose CUSTOM DESIGNED KITCHENS

The two main reasons people may choose to go for a flat-pack kitchen or pre-made cabinets option, is because they think a custom option is not within their reach financially.

This is not necessarily true. One can still achieve a very affordable custom made kitchen giving you the result you were hoping to achieve within the available budget.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN FLAT PACK ISSUES?

Flatpack or pre-made kitchens often mean white, white and more white, but the design options today with custom designed kitchens are virtually endless.

When you choose flatpack or pre-made kitchens, you often miss out on the choice when it comes to customisation for options like cabinet facings, bench top sizes and materials.

You have to stick to standard cabinet sizing which causes voids and then requires fillers to be used to hide any unused space.

You are limited to the style of cabinets, products and materials set by the flat-pack company.

You often have to project manage and complete the installation of the cabinetry yourself, including organising all the trades.

Once the cabinets are in place, you still have to Install the bench-top. This is harder than it looks, because walls are rarely flat or square.

Install the sink and hook up the plumbing. Plumbing can only be done by a licensed plumber, so you’ll need some help with this.

Hook up the electricity and/or gas. Here again, you’ll need licensed trades to help you. By law, you can’t do electrical work or gas fitting without a license.

REASONS FOR CUSTOM DESIGNED CABINETRY IN THE KITCHEN:

Custom made kitchens allow you to utilise every nook and cranny, avoid wasted space, all while offering value for money, workmanship warranties for installation.

Custom designed kitchens are the best option to maximise space and practically.

Custom made kitchens can be designed to complement the look and feel of your house, by adding superior materials that flat pack options fall short of.

Working with design professionals, cabinet makers, licensed trades and specialist suppliers, offers you peace of mind with the provision of workmanship warranties for installation, and product warranties.

The installation costs can be cheaper with custom made cabinetry because you’re not paying trades people to modify pre made cabinets to have them fit your space.

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