Sinks and Taps: Choosing the right ones for your kitchen design ideas.

Sink design has developed immensely over the last few years, gone are the day’s when the choice was limited to 1 or 2 bowls or perhaps a butler style sink. The options have also been enhanced as a result of the wide range of work surfaces, allowing for the use of under mounted sinks and products which can be seamlessly integrated into the work surface.


UNDER MOUNTED. Designed for use with solid surfaces such as stone or composites, they sit completely under the work surface and can incorporate drainer flutes and additional tap holes to provide sprays and soap dispensers.

DROP IN SINKS. This option is generally used with moisture sensitive wood or laminate surfaces and is installed from above into a pre-prepared hole in the surface and offers the widest range of shapes, styles  and sizes.

INTEGRAL SINKS. Usually the most expensive route, these sinks are fabricated as one piece within the work surface so there are no visible seams or joints.

BELFAST SINKS. Generally ceramic, although one manufacturer now offers a stainless steel version.

How many bowls ? The range of options start with a simple single bowl which can be enhanced with an additional half or three quarter bowl or a second full size bowl. All these alternatives can be applied to all three styles. The next big question, what material would you prefer. The choice includes stainless steel, available in a polished or silk finish, ceramic, Fragranite treated with Sanitized, and lastly glass. A number of sinks are available with a range of accessories such as chopping boards, drainer baskets, hand sprays and rollamats. A good starting point for research is


As with sinks, the range of taps is extensive. In addition to a comprehensive range of standard monoblock taps, systems are now available that deliver boiling water at the touch of a button, filtered water taps ( no need to but bottled water ) or the ultimate luxury, a combination of all three. The final item worth considering is a waste disposal unit. Very useful for the quick disposal of organic houshold waste.

You will use your sink and tap for almost every task you do in the kitchen so explore all the options with your designer.

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