If you are considering renovation your bathroom or just plan on replacing a broken or old sink for a stylish new design, there are a few things you should know before you dive in head first.
1) Consider if you want to keep your existing faucet and attach it to the new sink or not. If so, then you will need a sink with the same faucet specification or holes for installation as the previous one. The different kind you can get are single hole sinks, four inch three hole sinks and widespread or eight inch three hole sinks. There is also a host of other specialist facets that require very specific installations and some may require their own sink.
2) The faucet specification aside, there are many different kinds of sinks and vanities you can get: wall mounted sink, pedestal sink, vessel sink and vanity, framed sink drop-in sink, under-mount sink, and cabinet style vanity.
- Wall mounted sinks speak for themselves, literally fastened to the wall. This is a very common compact design of sink.
- A pedestal sink has a central column that supports the main weight of the sink while simultaneously hiding the plumbing inside of it. The sink is also oftentimes fastened to the wall using silicon for extra support and stability.
- A vessel sink and vanity combo is a relatively recent arrival in the bathroom scene. It has a sink that stands atop a countertop with a vanity cabinet for storage and to hide the pluming. They come in many shapes and design, but the basic premise is that the sink is a floating vessel to hold water above the counter top. Most commonly seen with a class vessel.
- Framed sinks also commonly come with a vanity, but instead of being on top of the counter they are sunk in, so that they fit in flush with the counter top. This also allows for most water faucets to be placed on the counter top for ease of use. There is normally as frame where the sink connects to the countertop to hide the seam. This is also where the name comes from because most framed sink designs will have a frame.
- Drop-in sinks are basically framed sinks except, instead of a frame a drop-in sink has an oversized lip for the hole in the countertop allowing them to just drop in. you can install these in just about any counter top.
- Under-mount sinks have the sink mounted just underneath the countertop so that there is a gap between the sink and the width of the countertop. This is a very sleek and modern design. However, they can only be fitted to solid type countertops such as stone, granite or some synthetic composite types such as laminate. Like framed and drop-in sinks the pluming is hidden within the vanity.