Inexpensive Kitchen Upgrades
By: Danny Lipford
Replacing Kitchen Sink and Faucet
In order to replace countertops in a kitchen, the sink and faucet have to be removed as well, so it’s a great opportunity to replace these for ones with a new look (color, shape, different materials and finishes), a new configuration, or increased capability.
Materials for sinks include stainless steel, porcelain-over-cast iron, solid surfacing, quartz and others, and each has their advantages. Sinks are configured in one-, two-, and three-bowl models with varying sizes and depths to each. They can also be undermounted below the countertop, integrated with the countertop in the case of solid surfacing, or designed to drop in.
Kitchen faucets are sporting lots of new hand-rubbed finishes, and many new configurations as well including pull-out, wall-mounted, and high arching. Again, all have their advantages as do different types of improved internal valves that can nearly eliminate leaking and frequent maintenance.