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Time to rethink the standard bar sink

Under-mount bar sinks with features such as drying racks have elevated the humble bar sink into a focal point in a kitchen island.
Under-mount bar sinks with features such as drying racks have elevated the humble bar sink into a focal point in a kitchen island. TNS

Q: I’m planning an extensive kitchen remodel. I want a kitchen island with a bar sink. What features can you suggest to help me find my perfect island sink?

A: With kitchen island sinks, I can tell you that the good old-fashioned bar sink has basically evolved into a staging area for food and beverages rather than an actual workstation.

With this in mind, I suggest you think of your island sink as a focal point in your kitchen, and you take advantage of new bar sink design features.

Three categories to explore are:

▪ Material choices: Cast iron and acrylic are now popular material choices, as well as stainless steel.

▪ Shapes and mounting: Under-mount bar sinks with rounded shapes can make a dramatic visual statement.

▪ Faucets and accessories: High-end faucets and custom cutting boards also help keep a new island sink on the cutting edge of the latest design trends.

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