Single vs. Double: Sink about it

Improving functionality in the kitchen is the product of many small choices that combine to be much greater than the sum of their parts. A well designed kitchen allows for easier meal preparations, as well as ease of mobility. Often, sink options are given very little consideration in the design of the kitchen.

Choosing the type, shape, or functionality of a kitchen sink is one tricky area to tackle, as there are a lot of differences that rely on personal opinion. This month, our experts tackle the pros and cons of both styles.

Double Bowl Sinks
Double bowl sinks are rectangular with two side-by-side bowls or basins separated by a partition. The bowls may be the same size or one may be smaller than the other, (usually split 60/40.)

This style of sink enables multi-tasking, with one side often used for food preparation and clean up while the other is used for washing and rinsing dishes.


Double bowl sinks often have standard-to-shallow depth but are (obviously) wider than single-bowl sinks, so installation may require some custom fitting.


Single Bowl Sinks

Also usually rectangular, the single bowl is just how it sounds – one large basin. This style tends to take up less counter space as its dual-bowled counterpart.

The larger work area makes the single bowl ideal for small kitchens, as well as making it easier to wash large pots and pans.


This style usually fits standard counter holes without hassle. However, as with any installation, proper measurement is key to have a hassle-free fit.

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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodelling

 

Reduce, reuse, recycle is the mantra of the environmental movement. Nowhere is it more appropriate than in remodeling. But how can you remodel a kitchen, while being eco-friendly? Our experts compiled a few of these earth-friendly ideas to help you reduce waste, conserve electricity, and reuse materials.

Install Energy-Efficient Windows

Coated glass panes keep heat in during the winter months, and out during the summer. These windows cost a little more, but you can recoup the expense in energy savings, often fairly quickly.

Cool Naturally

Reposition windows to take advantage of natural breezes and cross-ventilation. Placing equal-size windows on both windward and leeward sides of your house encourages breezes to move through.

Take Advantage of Natural Light

Large windows and skylights can flood the room with sunlight, reducing the demand for electricity.

Salvage What You Can , Donate What You Can’t

If there is nothing wrong with your old cabinets, instead of replacing them, refinish them. Alternatively, sturdy table can find new life as a kitchen island, a wardrobe as a pantry. Any items that you don’t want to hold on to? Habitat for Humanity is always looking for donations.

Flawless Faucets

Water-efficient kitchen faucets can help you conserve water by providing a lower-than-average flow rate, decreasing water wasted. Certain faucets even have a higher flow setting for tasks requiring more water volume, such as filling the sink or large pots.

“Cool” Refrigerators

If your refrigerator was manufactured before 1993, it uses twice as much energy as a new Energy Star-qualified model. Replacing it will also give you style options such as stainless steel and oiled-bronze finishes.

 

Countertops and Backsplashes

For prep surfaces, (i.e. area between stove and sink), recycled stainless steel will last many lifetimes, and is tough and hygienic.

 

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Do you find this expert advice helpful? Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.