Adding a Farmhouse Kitchen Sink to Your Home
A farmhouse kitchen sink has been a great style of sink available for more than a century. They have been able to create a sense of harmony with contemporary kitchen styles and rustic interior décor themes. Farmhouse kitchen sinks are known to be tastefully compatible with most varieties of kitchen countertops, lending the kitchen a very refined appearance.
These sinks have some characteristic features such as deep basins that are practical for handling bigger utensils. Most of them have a low front-end with a raise rear-end, making them appear well-set in the background of the kitchen cabinetry.
There are many options to choose from when deciding upon a farmhouse sink. Apart from their style, they also vary in the kind of constructional material used. Farmhouse sinks can be made from natural stones like granite or cast iron and even expensive materials like soapstone.
Most of the upmarket farmhouse sinks are carved from single blocks of natural stone. The most exclusive being those made from limestone. Adding a farmhouse kitchen sink can be a straightforward task, as long as some fundamental procedures are followed.
Installing the Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
A template is needed for the installation of a farmhouse sink. If the template has not been furnished by the sink manufacturer then you would have to create one on your own.
A. Creating the Sink’s Template
- Lay down the farmhouse sink on a piece of cardboard with the face pointing downwards
- Using a pencil, trace the outline of the sink, on the cardboard
- Pay special attention if the sink has a lip along its front-end. In such cases, the lip has to be precisely sketched on the cardboard template
- Once the lines have been penciled, cut the cardboard along the drawn lines to create a cardboard template
B. Mounting the Farmhouse Kitchen Sink
- Do a quick confirmatory test — place the cutout template along the kitchen cabinet where the sink has been planned to cross-check its position
- The template should be positioned on the center of the cabinet and it should 1½ inches away from the front edge of the kitchen cabinet
- Ask a helper to hold the cutout template, as you trace the outline of the template along the kitchen cabinet
- Remove the template
- Start drilling a 3/8-inch wide hole in the two opposing corners of the marked lines on the cabinet
- Inserting the saber saw in the drilled holes, start slicing the kitchen cabinet along the trace of the template, i.e. on the inside line of the trace
- Add sink-mounting ledgers within the kitchen cabinet
- Each of the cabinet ledgers should be on the opposite of the sink. This is to ensure that the sink can withstand pressure induced due to heavy items
- Strengthen the water-holding capacity and the durability of the sink by applying a layer of plumber's putty along the under-edge of the sink
- Install the sink strainers and the faucet
- Place the farmhouse sink along the cabinet, while the putty is still moist, on top of the installed ledgers
- Connect the faucet lines to the hot and cold water supply, the sink strainers to the waste line and link the P-trap pipe