Published at Sunday, September 09th, 2018 - 15:02:41 PM. Sink. By Bethany Hernandez.
In old provincial kitchens, sinks were often cast iron or some form of pre-cast stone. They were virtually indestructible with volumes of every day use. Most had double ones. One for washing, one for rinsing as well as a drainboard. Many had one shallow and one deeper for doing laundry or giving baby a bath. Today‘s country kitchen sinks are pretty and useful. Most are free-standing or attached to a wood cabinet. The traditional look for today‘s sinks is one that has a cabinet under it and a skirt rather than a wooden cabinet door. In most country farmhouses, the kitchen was the picture of simplicity. The sink reflected that simplicity with a single large basin with a cast iron apron at the front. Very often, the basin was porcelain over cast iron to insure longer wear. The clean lines of a farmhouse sink was enhanced by two spindle legs on either side of it. These sinks were nearly always white or a dark travertine stone color. The great thing about these sinks is how well they retained heat. This was especially helpful since hot water was not supplied in older country homes by a water heater. Usually, water was heated in a large kettle kept atop the cook stove for dish washing purposes.
The other type of sink design is the solid surface plastic one. This style of kitchen sink will enable the sinks to be like the plastic material of the counter top. The advantage of this sink is that it can be easily glued to the counter top‘s underside part. This will make the sink‘s joint to be invisible thus reducing the trap of dirt on the seam as well as the counter top. When the joint is then ground, it will create a finish and invisible look. The other style of sinks is the farmer‘s sink and the Belfast sink. The farmer sink is a deep type of sync with the finished front already. Meanwhile, the Belfast sink is a sink that has dam like overflow. This kind of kitchen sink has large ceramic sinks with the conventional visual aspect. On the other hand, the farmer‘s sink is set onto the counter top, unlike with the Belfast sink which is set under the work surfaces.
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