What’s Trending: All You Need to Know about Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse sinks are really hot right now, here’s what you should know before installing one!

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Farmhouse sinks, or apron-front sinks, have become a popular choice in the kitchen for their classic look and versatility. What you may not know is that there are some elements of the farmhouse style sink that can make installation a bit tricky. Most issues can be worked around, but you need to be aware of them first. Make sure to keep these points in mind:

Farmhouse Sinks Are Large

Having a really deep sink can be an advantage in a lot of ways, like when you need to wash or fill a big pot. A deep sink also means lost space underneath for storing things such as cleansers and kitchen accessories. You’re likely to have only 12 inches of space beneath a farmhouse sink when all is said and done. Another consideration is the oversize width of an apron-front sink. They can be anywhere from 20 to 36 inches wide. If you’re considering a larger-sized sink, you’ll want to make sure there’s enough room in your kitchen.

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They Require Support

You may not have considered the fact that farmhouse sinks are heavy, likely four or five times the weight of your old traditional sink, depending on the material they are made of. So it’s important to support the framework around the sink with a brace or bracket. Be sure to read the sink manufacturer’s instructions for installation. There should be tips inside for how to provide the proper supports.

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Placement Issues to Think About

You have to decide how much your new sink will protrude above the counter top and in front of it. You have three options: Drop-in, undermount and integral. The rim will be visible above the counter with a drop-in. An undermount sink, as the name implies, is one in which the rim of the sink is mounted under the counter. An integral mounting sits flush with the counter top and is best for when you are installing both new countertop and sink.

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Keep in mind that the term “reveal” refers to how much of your sink shows in the front. With a positive reveal, most of the front surface is showing. A neutral reveal is when the sink’s inside surface is flush with the counter. Finally, a negative reveal is one in which the entire front of the sink is obscured by the counter.

You’ll Need to Choose a Material

Apron-front sinks can come in a variety of different materials. Deciding which one best fits your lifestyle and your kitchen’s decor can be a big decision. Some of the more popular materials from which to choose include fireclay, copper, stainless steel and granite. Consider which color and texture best fits the theme of your home and which material fits into your routine. If you’re busy and on-the-go often, you may not wish to choose one that requires polishing, such as copper, although some people like the nice patina formed as copper ages.

If you are looking for a new countertop to complement your farmhouse sink, check out our post on maintenance-free quartz countertops!

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Will a Single-Bowl or Double-Bowl Work for You?

People often think of the large traditional single-basin farmhouse sink their grandmother may have had when they consider this type of kitchen fixture. However, you can actually choose a single-bowl or double-bowl sink in the farmhouse style. There are pros and cons to each choice. Many of these boil down to personal preference.

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If you decide to jump on 2015’s trendy bandwagon, make sure to keep these points in mind when choosing your farmhouse sink. If you decide to shop online, look for reputable sites such as ShopHahn.com, which can provide you with a multitude of quality options!

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4 Gorgeous Kitchen Sink Ideas

Trying to choose the right kitchen sink? Here are our favorite sink ideas for 2015!

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For professional and amateur cooks alike, a kitchen remodel can make all your culinary dreams come true. Creating room for more workspace, updating appliances, and making your kitchen a more lively space will bring a new life not only your kitchen but also your entire home.

One of the decisions you will have to make during a remodel is choosing a new kitchen sink. A new kitchen sink can make your kitchen much more practical and can even make clean up faster. We’ve hunted down four of our favorite and most stylish sinks for this year:

Double Sink

A double sink is a practical sink for cooks who have a large kitchen with plenty of space. You can find a double sink that includes two basins of the same size or one basin that is slightly smaller than the other. There are plenty of ways to make use of having two sink basins and this design is perfect for cooks who are great at multitasking.

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Farmhouse Sink

A farmhouse sink is a classic style sink that also becomes one of the main focal points of the kitchen. The sink is designed to jut out slightly past the cabinets. This sink is usually a large one and is great for cooks who have large pots and pans to wash. A farmhouse sink brings a warm and homey feeling to any kitchen. It can also provide the look of a more traditional kitchen. The farmhouse sink does not usually include holes to install the faucet, so this element will have to be installed separately.

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Single Bowl

Single bowl sinks are ideal for small kitchens. Only using one bowl frees up more counter space for storage or preparation space. A single bowl sink is also great for washing pots and pans because the single bowl is often larger than the large basin of a double sink. Single bowl sinks aren’t great for multi-tasking, but a creative cook can find their way around these problems.

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Top or Undermount Sinks

There is also the option to choose a top or undermount sink. A top mount sink simply drops into a hole in the countertop, and it always has a lip or rim that holds the sink in place and keeps it looking finished. An undermount sink is mounted under the counter, and there is no lip or rim to speak of. This sink style gives a modern look to the kitchen, and it helps when cleaning as debris from the countertop can be pushed right into the sink.

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After you have chosen the style of sink you are interested in, you can choose the size and materials. Materials vary depending on where you look, but a great sink manufacturer, like Hahn sinks, will offer a selection of beautiful sinks that are both luxurious and durable. Whatever color or style you choose, your new sink can bring your kitchen to life!

You may also want to check out our post on Creating the Perfect Mosaic Backsplash!

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Get Ready for a Chilly Fall with These 5 Simple Heating Options!

Don’t get too caught up in the sweltering summer heat, or even in your tropical decorating scheme! We’ve got 5 types of heaters you should be installing now to beat the fall chill!

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Radiant Heat

Radiant heat produces a comfortable and even heat throughout the entire house, using water tubes underneath the floor or within ceiling panels. These systems are slow to heat up a room, but once it’s heated, it doesn’t take much to keep it warm. These are super efficient for many hours of use, although they need a separate cooling system installed which is one of its drawbacks.

Forced Hot Air

These are the staple heating system for many homes today. It works by heating air in a furnace and then forcing that air out into various rooms in a building through ductwork and vents. There are lots of companies like R.H. Witt Heating & Sheet Metal that will install the whole system for you, so there is no DIY needed on your end. They aren’t the most energy-efficient but installing a newer system is much more efficient than an older one, and plus – they have air-conditioning!

Steam Heat

Steam heat was used in older homes, and it’s a unique way to heat a living space. Cast iron radiators provide the structure for water to flow through the heating element. While they can be efficient, they’re also difficult to plan around since they are massive.

Hydronic Heating Systems

Hydronic heat is also known as hot water or baseboard heating. Similar to radiant heat, this system uses a boiler to heat up water and then circulate the resulting hot water through tubes. Unlike radiant heat, these tubes are situated inside baseboard heating units that run along the baseboard in the home.


This is a newer technology that hasn’t quite made it mainstream, which consists of drilling wells deep into the Earth pumping heat from the ground into the home. These systems can also be used to effectively cool the home. In effect, the Earth is used to regulate the temperature of your dwelling.

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Makeover Your Home’s Exterior – Easy Curb Appeal Ideas!

Make your home stand from the rest by amping up its curb appeal with these easy and effective ideas! 

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A simple way to make your property stand out while adding to its resale value is to focus on raising its curb appeal. After all, first impressions are often lasting ones. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to raise your home’s curb appeal! We’ve gathered some easy ways – most of which you can do yourself to add instant and effective curb appeal to you home:

A Fresh Coat of Paint Goes a Long Way!

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There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to bring a house to life. If you have good DIY skills, it is a project that will take a few weekends, or you can always hiring a painting company and have it done in a few days.

Before you start painting, remember that you need to give the exterior a proper wash, scrape, and sanding. It’s better to paint from top to bottom to prevent messy drips and missed spots. Select a couple of shades or a main color and highlight to make the house stand out. The average cost of repainting would range from $1,500 to $3,500, depending if it’s a DIY effort or done professionally.

Repair or Replace Your Garage door

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A garage door can occupy as much as 30% of the face area of the house. An old door with dents will look jaded, even with a coat of paint. Old garage doors often let in drafts, thereby adding to your utility bills. When upgrading the garage door, keep in mind both aesthetics and functionality as the doors come in insulated or non-insulated variants. A new door would cost you $300 to $1,500, depending on size, finish, and insulation.

If you decide to just repair your current door, you’ll want to call in specialists such as Pro-Line Garage Door Service. Most times the repair job you simply can’t do yourself, and this 25-year-old family company specializes in all types of repairs with a one-on-one service. Keep in mind that you will want to do the garage repair before you paint your house.

Focus on Landscaping

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A little bit of lawn care and a few flowers can make a remarkable transformation to your home. Plant some planters around your doors and line your driveway with flowers or beautiful shrubs. If you are looking to sell your home, remember that in the past investments of only $400-$500 in landscaping brought returns of four times the amount. So prune the trees and bushes, and add flowerbeds – it’s worth it!

Clean and Repair Your Roof

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Replace broken and missing shingles, and remove the dirt, moss, lichens, and algae that accumulate over time. This is a job best done by professionals and should cost you $600 to $800. For that small sum, the house will suddenly look younger and fresher.

Add Some Window Appeal

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An easy way to improve curb appeal on a budget is with interior or exterior window treatments. This can range from adding shutters to painting or adding drapes and blinds. Adding window boxes with gorgeous colorful flowers also add a pop of color and coziness!

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