Kitchen upgrades always wow potential home buyers, but a lot of kitchen renovation projects can be pretty costly. That’s what is nice about installing a sleek, new kitchen sink and faucet. Comparatively cheap but with the potential to add real value and impressive presentation, a new sink is one of the fastest ways to upgrade your kitchen.
Learn about plumbing
By far the most challenging part of installing a new sink is correctly connecting the plumbing, but don’t let that scare you off from learning about how it works. The average drain is fairly straightforward. You’ll want to start by shutting off the water to the sink, then carefully examining the piping.
Starting from where the drain connects to the piping, work your way down and meticulously catalogue, map and measure the system. You’ll need to get the exact diameter of the piping before you purchase new fixtures, plus you’ll need to know how to put it all back together later.
Select your sink
Decide what kind of sink would work best in the space. You can opt for a large, function-first, double sink, a deep soaking sink that’s good for homes without dishwashers, or a basic but easy to clean single tub sink. Generally, it’s a good idea to give preference to counter space over sink space, so don’t crowd the area. Depending on what kind of sink you choose, the cost can reach anywhere from $250 to over $1000, so price according to the overall value of your home.
Select your faucet
The type of faucet you install promotes a certain lifestyle, so make sure it matches the rest of your kitchen. For a more modern, tech-focused space, consider a no-touch model, though it’ll be more expensive. Consider the aesthetic appeal of knobs vs. handles, as well as the spout itself. A gooseneck design is bold but highly functional, but a standard rigid faucet is timeless and unpretentious.
Install supply tubing and sink
Depending on the design of your chosen sink, you may need to cut or widen the hole in the counter that feeds the water supply tubing into your faucet. Carefully measure this region and cut with a jigsaw to the desired diameter. You’ll want to feed the tubing through the gasket in the sink before installing the sink itself, so turn the tub upside down and feed the tubing through with enough slack and flexibility to allow a full rotation. With all tubing and drains in place, fit the sink into the counter.
There are some new, eco-friendly, and health-conscious upgrades to consider for your new sink. Consider including a water filter for fresher drinking water. For an especially green kitchen, look into a gray water capture system. Gray water, or most non-toilet water, accounts for up to 80% of a home’s water waste, so there’s a lot of potential for saving on water bills with a proper capture system.
A smart kitchen sink replacement is a cost-effective way to build and maintain the value of your home. With a 75%-98% recoup on costs, it’s a gray long-term value-added option that won’t take much money or work.
Of course, plumbing and fixtures can be a little tricky for first-timers. When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to seek the help of a professional installer. But, DIY jobs are rewarding, especially when you know you’ve added value to your home.