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Custom Kitchen Sinks: Almost Too Pretty for Dishes
Kitchen sinks in custom homes can be as much a focal point as kitchen islands and meticulously detailed cabinets.
In custom kitchens where the smallest detail is scrutinized, the sink is an opportunity for homeowners to express their personality — and a memory point for the custom builder's future clients. You'll find kitchen sinks in all sizes, shapes and materials, including stone, copper, marble and even glass. Some manufacturers will even customize a sink to your own or the client's specifications.
A double-bowl, stainless steel sink with a matte finish complements the kitchen of this Houston home, which has a classic French Normandy façade but a lighter, more modern interior. The matte finish gives the sink a softer look that coordinates well with the taupe cabinetry and walls. The home was built by Tim Thompson Custom Homes. The sink manufacturer is Waterworks.
Made of a textured French limestone called Pompignon Patina, this custom-made farmhouse sink matches the countertop. The sink has been "flamed," a distressing technique that gives it a rustic look. It's in a model home at Water Mill in Media, Pa., that showcases the work of three builders: Vaughan & Sautter Builders, Haller Custom Homes and Moser Builders.
This kitchen has two islands with a sink in each one. Shown is the main, double-bowl sink, fabricated out of the same rare imported marble (Breccia de Vendome) as the countertop. While the builder, Benchmark Custom Luxury Homes, doesn't normally recommend using marble in kitchens, this material was honed and acid-washed to forestall any problems. A local granite/marble shop, Mediterranean Designs, created the sink based on measurements given by the homeowners. It took approximately two to three weeks to make the template and install the countertop and sink. The marble is so thick that the builder needed an extension for the sink drain and garbage disposal.
The recycled bronze farmhouse sink in the Built Green Home at Suncadia in Cle Elum, Wash., is just one of many sustainable products in homes by builder Grey Lundberg/CMI Homes. It was hand-crafted by Sun Valley Bronze in Bellevue, Idaho, and shipped from a local supplier, reducing the amount of fuel needed for transport. The sink requires minimal maintenance and is a durable, long-lasting material. Best of all, it can be recycled again once it outlives its usefulness as a sink.
This custom sink was purchased by the clients even before they knew they would be building a new home. It's made of concrete with embedded aggregates. The sink represents another element of nature in a kitchen characterized by such features as a fish-tile mural above the range and barn wood on the sides of the island. The Westcliffe, Colo., home was built by Mark Stamper Construction. Kitchen design is by Sterling Design Center.