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Ask a plumber: Looking for a creative kitchen addition

Apron-front farmhouse sinks are the popular artist models for kitchen use because of the exposed front wall of the sink.
Apron-front farmhouse sinks are the popular artist models for kitchen use because of the exposed front wall of the sink. Kohler

Q: I plan on replacing my kitchen countertops and sink. Since it will not be a full kitchen remodel, I can spend a little extra money on fancy materials. I have heard of “artist edition” kitchen sinks and would like more information on that topic. Can you please tell me your views on artist edition-style kitchen sinks?

Gloria, Rhode Island

A: From what I have worked with, artist edition sinks are available for both bathroom and kitchen sinks. Usually they are made from durable fired clay materials since creative textures can be added into that style of sink as well as color.

Apron-front farmhouse sinks are the popular artist models for kitchen use because of the exposed front wall of the sink. The outside panel of the sink wall is a perfect area for adding accents and textures to help create the artist edition look. Textures can include floral patterns, horizontal ridges and creative crisscross patterns.

Finally, most artist edition kitchen sinks are not designed to blend in with the countertop — they are designed to cook up a lot of compliments by becoming the centerpiece of any kitchen.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com

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