If another sink hole is available, a piping hot water dispenser can serve you up nearly instant hot water for things like coffee, tea and oatmeal. While a hot water dispenser requires a water line, you can usually tap in to the water system right under the kitchen sink.
Speaking of plumbing under the sink, another great option is to install a “remote cable-controlled” sink drain strainer. This way you can avoid reaching into dirty water and under pots and pans to drain out your kitchen sink. A push of the deck mounted cable button automatically opens the sink drain.
Final note: Any of these options may be an affordable upgrade to “jazz up” your existing kitchen sink, and I’m sure that’s music to your ears.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.