SINKS AND FAUCETS The sink is the most used work center in the kitchen. If there are two or more cooks in your household, you should plan on including two full-size sinks in your remodeled kitchen. "Choose the largest single-bowl that fits," Weimer suggests. "Or, if space allows, put two large sinks side by side and outfit each of them with a faucet and soap dispenser." One reason to go with a large sink is that it can hide a multitude of dirty dishes from view. However, remember that the depth of the sink should not exceed 9 in.; it puts extra strain on your back to reach into a sink that's too deep. An undermount sink installation works best for cooks. "You can scrape stuff right into the bowl instead of up and over the lip," Sanchez explains. Avoid sinks that are divided into small, double and triple bowls. And stay away from rounded shapes, which cut into the work area. You'll also find single-handle lever faucets easy to operate with your elbow when hands are sticky or covered with flour. Gooseneck models are another handy feature because they make filling, washing and rinsing large pots easy. So are pullout sprayers, which allow you to easily reach all corners of the sink. Weimer also suggests placing a water source at the stove, if possible. Extending a cold-water supply line and having a pot filler installed on the wall behind or adjacent to the range will add a couple hundred dollars to a full kitchen remodel. The most convenient by far are foot-pedal versions that free your hands, although they run a bit more. They're available from the Chicago Faucet Company, Fisher Manufacturing and others starting at about $150.
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