Monday, April 28, 2014

New Sink

When we bought our house, there were plenty of things Mr. G and I didn't notice because we were inexperienced homebuyers. One of those things was how shallow our sink was: 
Here it is in use.

It's nearly 6 inches deep (about 14 centimeters). That's not terrible, but coupled with the low faucet, that left an 8 inch (20 cm) clearance for pots. Which is a huge problem for me because I love soup and make a big batch almost every weekend. Cleaning huge pots is already a chore, and fighting with the sink didn't help matters. (And just so you don't think I wanted a new sink just so I could easily clean a soup pot once a week:  It was also irritating to clean tons of other things - skillets, cake pans, serving trays - anything larger than a dinner plate basically.) 

So I started plotting to get a new sink. And by plotting, I mean searching on craigslist (a website similar to the classified ads in the newspaper) for a deeper sink. Luckily it worked out and I found a lovely 9" deep sink about a week later. Mr. G was on board so we bought it for $150, new in the box. The gentleman selling it had bought the wrong size accidentally and waited too long to return it. Since the faucet was also part of the problem, we used a gift card to buy a gooseneck faucet (it goes up away from the sink and then comes down, like a goose's neck.) 

Mr. G and his dad (a plumber) took time out of their weekend to install the new sink and faucet. I am so grateful! I love it :)

Look, a skillet fits easily! 
So far I've already washed that skillet, a cookie sheet, and a soup pot without any problems. It's awesome! I didn't realize how much the awkward sink size made me dread doing the dishes. Hopefully my enthusiasm continues! :)

--I just realized some of you may be wondering why we have two faucets. The larger faucet provides water for cleaning and washing, the smaller faucet is for cooking and drinking. Because we have well water, we have an extra filter to clean the water so it's safe for consumption, and that water comes out of the little spout. :)

18 comments:

  1. Mine looks like your "before" picture! What a good upgrade!

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  2. Hooray for plumber fathers!!! :-) Looks great.

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    1. Thanks! I am so glad he could install it for us (in exchange for dinner rather than hundreds of dollars)! :)

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  3. Love it! Looks very up-market. Lucky you that your father-in-law was able to install it. I hate my sink too. But I will wait until I have the funds for a bigger upgrade. No plumbers in my family. And Mr Sans is not handy.

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    1. Thanks! Getting the sink and faucet so cheap and the free labor was the only reason we went ahead with the upgrade. Mr. G isn't terribly handy, but he makes a great helper :)

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  4. Looks fantastic! Price = awesome too! Do you miss having the second sink? Assuming you guys also have a dishwasher?

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    1. I rarely used the second sink because I soak things in a dirty pot or bowl. Yep, we have a dishwasher. That was one thing I knew I wanted when we looked for a place!

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  5. Ooooo... It's beautiful! Mine's original to the house (1950's) so it looks similar to yours only it's cast iron coated with ceramic. I did put a high faucet in which helps, but having a deeper open sink would be heaven! Excellent decision!

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    1. Thank you! :) The high faucet plus deep sink is delightful - can't complain!

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  6. It looks awesome - a great find. We only have one small sink and I find washing up in it a pain. I'm adding 'check sink' to my house hunting list :)

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    1. I hope you inherit a better sink situation in your next place! :)

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  7. Ya know, I measured teh itty bitty round sink in my place when I bought it. Felt silly, but it ensured that the fryer pan I bought fit etc. I even measured the oven internal dimensions, and all my stove top pans are bought so they can fit in the oven (and no plastic handles). Alas, some things I plan well for... Work, on the other hand...!

    Oh I've also been thinking about my handwriting, it's horrid if it's for me, for others, then it's perfect! I must show some samples some time!!

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    1. That's a good idea! I didn't measure anything when we were looking. Something to keep in mind if we decide to move :)

      I'd love to see your handwriting :) I also find myself writing much neater for others than myself!

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    2. Lol - I was reading this thinking, "14cm would be so difficult to use - far too shallow..."

      and then of course I measured my own sink and yes, it's 14cm deep :D

      An extra deep sink would be fantastic, we also have trouble fitting the pots and pans in ours (although we do have a high tap which helps a bit.) Great work finding such a nice sink and getting it installed!

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    3. Yes, it was the average depth sink + low faucet that caused problems. I think if one or the other had been different, I wouldn't have even thought about changing it. So glad to have found it! :)

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  8. That's nice! The sink looks sleek and amply spaced now. It seems to have the necessary properties to handle the bulk of dirty dishes and kitchen utensils. That should hold up for quite some time. Kudos!

    Roxanne Vaughn @ Total Plumbing

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