Q: Dear Ed: I’m planning an extensive kitchen remodel. I want a kitchen island with a bar sink and plan to include this feature with our new kitchen. What bar sink features can you suggest to help me find my perfect island sink?
— Mary, Wisconsin
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 work station.
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.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.