Plumbing Your Kitchen Remodel: Sinks, Dishwashers, And Faucets

23 December 2015
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Nearly three-quarters of home remodeling projects in America involve updating kitchens. The average cost for these kitchen-remodeling projects ranges from $18,000 to $54,000 and adds an average of 75 % the total money invested in the project to your home's value. Meaning that if you invest $50,000 into a kitchen-remodeling project, your home's value should improve by $37,000. 

When many homeowners begin the kitchen-remodeling projects they budget for gleaming countertops and state-of-art appliances. What they often forget are three plumbing essentials: sinks, faucets, and dishwashers. Here's a kitchen-remodeler's guide to choosing the right sink, faucet, and dishwasher for your kitchen remodeling project:

Sinks: Single vs. Double vs. 60/40

Updating your kitchen's sink helps your newly remodeled kitchen accents your design's style and theme. There are three basic choices: Single, Double, and 60/40.


Apron-style, single sinks are gaining popularity with kitchen-remodelers. These large sinks work perfectly for both country and modernist themes. Although a large sink is ideal for washing large pots or pans, having only one large sink makes it difficult to hand wash a large load of dishes. Where do you put the dirty dishes, while you're using the sink to clean and rinse each dish? Where do you put them to dry? Fortunately, if you intend to install a dishwasher (or have an existing dishwasher) and simply rinse your dishes in the sink, you should consider a single-sink because you won't need to worry about the aforementioned dish washing dilemma. If you opt for this style sink, make sure that your plumbing contractor installs a stout garbage disposal, as all waste will flow through one drain.


Double sinks remain the post popular choice for kitchen-remodelers. Double-sinks typically have one side designed for dirty dishes and one for clean or rinsed dishes. If you choose a double sink, you may want to have your plumbing contractor install a garbage disposal below a single waste water line. This plumbing trick ensures that your both sides of your sink can handle food debris without gumming up your entire waste water line. One of the hottest double-mounted styles, particularly for granite countertops, is under-mounted.


A 60/40 sink is a double-sink with a larger (roughly 60% of the sink's total area) and smaller (roughly 40% of the sink's total area) tub. The sink gets its name from this "60" / "40" split. Although more popular in Europe, 60/40 sinks are becoming more popular in the US. 60/40 sinks can make smaller kitchens feel bigger because they offer a bigger than normal tub that can hold large pots, while still suiting families that hand-wash their dishes. If you choose a 60/40 sink, it's important to make sure that the smaller "40" portion of the sink is elevated over "60" portion of the sink. This will allow your plumber to install a standard sized garbage disposal under the sink's smaller portion.

Faucets: Washer vs. Washerless

There are four types of standard faucets: ball, disc, cartridge, and compression. The first three types of faucets share one similar characteristic: a washer. A washer is a thin rubber ring that seals the faucet's main water valve. This little rubber ring might seem insignificant, but it's not. The most popular styles of faucets are ball and cartridge. These faucets are easy to fix and offer substantially more choices than either cartridge or compression models.

Dishwashers: Under Counter vs. Drawer

Roughly three-quarters of American homes have a dishwasher. For the past few decades one style dominated the dishwasher market: under counter. These dishwashers, installed just like a cabinet, are easy to plumb and come in a variety of sizes and models.

Recently, however, a new style of dishwasher is trickling into kitchen remodel projects: drawer dishwashers. Drawer dishwashers are typically smaller than standard dishwashers but work perfectly for cleaning and rinsing things like glasses, cups, and utensils. Many "luxury style" remodeling projects include drawer style dishwashers in addition to standard under counter dishwashers. Installing both styles of dishwasher can give your kitchen-remodeling project a prestige that future buyers may be willing to pay more money for.

Remodeling your kitchen is about improving its functionality and improving your home's value. Choosing the right sink, faucet, and dishwasher should be a discussion you should have with the licensed plumber helping you complete your kitchen remodeling project. For more information, contact a business such as Roto-Rooter Sewer & Drain Service.