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August 2014


The summer is already coming to a close. After the kids go back to school, perhaps your fall plans include updates to your home – let us help! Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps us to look at some sink specifics in this month’s expert blog!



I need a simple bathroom sink upgrade. Isn’t the sink sizing standardized 21” x 17”?

 Aqualyn photo- american standard

If it is time to update the bathroom sink, there are a myriad of choices!  Most homes start out with a drop in sink that is oval and 21" left to right and 17" front to back. They sit on the top of a vanity with a counter top which may be of a laminate material. There is a hole roughly cut into the top and the sink covers this.


Yorkdale Sink AmStdEven if your sink is 21" x 17", the hole may not me a true oval so you might have to buy a bigger sink to accommodate an odd shape. One sink that "fits" these requirements is the Ellisse from American Standard as it is just slightly bigger all around. 

 Ellisse Sink American standard

If you can’t find something to fit your needs, bring your measurements into the showroom and ask one of our consultants, they may be able to find the perfect fit with another manufacturer that you didn’t know about.



How do I know what bathroom faucet to choose for my upgrade?


The holes for the faucet are pre drilled to accommodate the faucet hookups.  The three main styles are single hole, three holes close together (often called mini spread or 4"cc- from center to center), and three holes farther apart (often called widespread with the holes 8"cc).



If you are updating the faucet as well as the sink, make certain that the sink has all three configurations, or you may be back to the store to buy something to fit the faucet you fell in love with!!



How much should I splurge to get more than the basic option in my bathroom?


If you are ready to commit to a bigger renovation project, then it may be time to think about an upgrade to your counter or vanity including perhaps an undermount sink or a built in sink in the counter top.



The usual suspects are clean ovals or rectangles, but there is a sink out there for every one! Ask your showroom consultant if they can find something unique for you.

The picture attached is a glass Ronbow undermount sink which needs a solid counter of Granite, to be able to install properly.  This Ronbow sink has great colour and can be put under the counter, or above as a vessel sink.  Each new sink has its own best fit with the faucet, but there are no strict rules when it comes to designing your oasis.


Ask your Questions


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.