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The One Big Drawback to a Farmhouse Sink - The Farmhouse Kitchen

The One Big Drawback to a Farmhouse Sink - The Farmhouse Kitchen
From The Kitchn - July 17, 2017

Perhaps one of the most coveted looks in kitchen design right now is the modern farmhouse vibe. Championed by the likes of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the look is popular for its timeless charm, rustic finishes, and lived-in appeal. One of the hallmarks of the style? A nice, deep farmhouse sink.

The appealing qualities of an authentic farmhouse sink are countless. Also known as an apron or apron-front sink, they are often much deeper (and wider) than a traditional sink basin, making them especially ideal for large families or homes without a dishwasher. The exposed front that protrudes out past the edge of the cabinets also adds an extra dose of style to the space. And the farmhouse sink comes in fun materials including porcelain, enameled cast iron, stainless steel, copper, marble, and more.

But before you spring to action shopping for your new sink, there is an important factor to consider: Unless you already boast a farmhouse sink and are just swapping it out for a very similar style, there's a high possibility you may have to redo the surrounding countertop. Totally fine if you are already planning a full-scale kitchen renovation, but if not? Not such great news.

The reason for the countertop redo? When it comes to farmhouse sinks, there are basically two options for installation: undermount and top mount (also known as drop-in) varieties. The most popular farmhouse sinks are undermount style, which, as the name implies, means they nestle under the countertop (not on top of), creating a seamless countertop edge surrounding the basin.

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