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Small kitchen remodel can make a big change

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By Ed Del Grande Published: January 12, 2013 4:00 AM
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Q: We're planning to do a small kitchen remodel job by just changing our "drop-in"-style sink.

Since we are not changing the counter or cabinets, can you give us any ideas on how we can make a big change by just replacing our present kitchen sink?

-- Sue in New York

A: An advantage to having a drop-in sink like yours is that it can usually be removed and changed out easily, since the sink mounts from the top of the counter.

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So, in most cases you can change the sink without removing the countertop.

On the other hand, "under mount"-style sinks are usually locked in under the counter, so in most cases the countertop would be removed along with the sink. This would be a much larger project, and I wanted to point that out.

Now, if you're looking to take your sink replacement to the next level, I've seen drop-in-style stainless-steel apron-front sinks that should be able to work with your present kitchen setup.

These new-style sinks have a thin stainless-steel self-trimming rim, and the sink slides into place after your contractor makes a few carpentry cuts.

The finished front side of the sink simply overlaps the existing cabinet supports.

This gives you the look of a custom "farmhouse"-sink installation without all the custom woodwork.

This way you can upgrade your drop-in job without dropping big bucks on a complete remodel job!

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or email eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.


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