Remodeling with Farmhouse Sinks
Adding a farmhouse sink during a remodel of a kitchen is a major undertaking, but it’s one well worth the effort. Unlike other types of kitchen sinks, farmhouse sinks are large and heavy enough to require cabinet reinforcement. The amount of water they hold can weigh over 100 pounds alone, so it’s no wonder that reinforcement is necessary. It’s also important to cut away the cabinets to expose the smooth apron front of the farmhouse sink as well. Anyone planning kitchen remodeling with a farmhouse sink will need to consider the following preparations first.
Consider a New Cabinet Base
Instead of cutting and reinforcing the existing cabinet under the sink, discuss the options for installing a whole new base designed for bearing the right weight. Matching cabinet bases are widely available for all the popular farmhouse sink styles. These cabinets come with fronts already trimmed for the apron of the matching sink, speeding up the remodeling process.
Swapping Mounting Styles
When installing a farmhouse sink from scratch during a remodel, the homeowner gets to choose the top-mount, undermount, or drop-in mounting style that works best for them. However, homeowners who already have a farmhouse sink may want to switch its mounting style during a remodel. Most farmhouse sinks are designed for only a single installation method, so swapping to a new farmhouse sink with the right mounting style is usually the best method. Trying to use flanges or trim pieces to switch the mounting style of an existing sink usually leads to water leaks and old issues.
After renovation work, cool down with this lemonade recipe! You’ll need a few ingredients and a glass of ice!
- 1 cup white, granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 2 to 3 cups cold water (dilutes)
- “Simple Syrup”: Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan. Simmer. Stir together so that sugar dissolves.
- While the syrup simmers, juice 4-6 lemons or 1 cup.
- Mix: combine lemon juice and simple syrup into pitcher. To dilute the lemon, add 2-3 cups of cold water. Taste. Add lemon juice if too sweet and water if too sour!
- Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until lemonade is cold.
- Pour: Add ice to a glass and pour lemonade in.
Serve with mint and or lemon slices!
Recipe: Elise Bauer – SimplyRecipes.com