Pretty much the best sink ever

Cheryl Kees Clendenon In Detail Says, plumbing fixtures 13 Comments

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Ok, so I know….some rolling of the eyes is happening…maybe a heavy sigh or two…but really, think about it….when you are redoing your kitchen…the sink might not be the first decision you make..but certainly becomes an important one when you begin cooking and cleaning!
Last week one of my clients was saying really nice things about his new kitchen on faceboook…thanks Scott!..( no pix yet..waiting to redo the adjacent laundry room!) and he commented that I had not blogged about about one of his favorite features of the new design his Blanco Siigranit sink. And he is right. And shame on me because I love it too. So, here you go!
SILGRANIT II is an enhanced blend of 80 percent natural granite and 20 percent acrylic resin (with ceramic components) making it easy to clean and scratch resistant and a terrific alternative to stainless steel. If your design will work with one of their 6 colors ( newest being Biscotti…a great neutral) then this is a sink you really must consider. There are 21 shapes to choose from and the price points are oh so very reasonable! (roughly list prices from $329 to $949).
My favorite would be the Blanco Performa. I love one bowl sinks and this sink is perfect and love the shape.

Blanco Performa

And the newest color, biscotti promises to add another lighter color to the mix. Currently there are 6 colors: antrhacite, white, biscuit,metallic gray, and biscotti.

Blanco

In this last project we used Caesarstone Organic White countertops and gorgeous  Artistic Tile for the backsplash in a style called “Carbono” and color is “taupe”. The custom cabinetry is a dark stained walnut. Gorgeous.

Caesarstone Organic White

Artistic Tile "Carbono" Taupe

Dark stained walnut

So we opted for the metallic gray color of silgranit which is perfect complement to the organic white and it even picks up some of the gray in the stone.
Why does my client say this is one of his favorite features of his new kitchen? Well, besides the fact that it looks really awesome and is the perfect choice for the modern, clean design…. it also shows no water spots. Nope, not a one. It is amazing. Couple this feature with it being heat resistant up to 536 degrees, completely non porous,and is scratch and stain resistant…

well, what is their not to like?

You can read more about Blanco sinks in this post written by Paul Anater at Kitchen and Residential Design or can get more info from Blanco by Design.

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    Yes Raina….that is pretty cool! I really like these sinks…they do not work for every project because only 6 colors but they are soo much better in real life than in the pix!

  2. I vote yes, also. Blanco Silgranite sinks are a great product. For all the reasons you stated and probably more. I don’t see the small color palette as being a huge obstacle; stainless steel only comes in one choice (if not different finishes…)!

    As a concrete countertop artisan, I get to perform my own installations; as a matter of course, I always install the sink at the same time. Not hookups – I am not a plumber and have no desire to become one (!) – just the sink bowl itself. I have put in a number of these Blanco units for the client during the course of completing the project. One factor that usually creeps in is the size of the rim, or perimeter flange, when installed as an undermount (always recommended). The substantial amount needed to accommodate this inside the sink base cabinet is always a challenge and needs to be carefully considered from the outset, when laying out the sink hole knockout. Since many of our kitchen projects are simple counter re-do’s, using existing cabinetry, I have even had to modify the cabinet gable walls to shoehorn a Silgranit sink into its resting place. Makes for a long day – but so far, so good. Still a good choice!

  3. Yes such a great point Rich! We design our cabinetry ( is custom “cheryl” line!) to be deeper to accomodate whenever possible..as I really like the extra 2 inches of countertop depth also.

    This is one of those times that your designer must pay attn to the sink and faucet specs..because depending on the splash, may not accomodate certain types of handles retracting back..just too tight…then the plumber will moan and groan also about not having enough room to tighten the faucet down.

    This is a problem in many sink mfr lines…because people want larger sinks all the time and often this problem or potential problem is overlooked. Has happened also when clients insist on getting their sinks and faucets off ebay and do not look at specs carefully. This is one way I keep them from doing this!

  4. Ha! ebay fixtures rear their ugly head! HD often has this problem too – no or few specs… makes my job a nightmare because all of our cutouts/knockouts are cast into the pieces, not machined. I insist on “doing right the first time”, every time, and all the ducks have to be lined up before I pull the trigger. Don’t like when a duck gets away…

    The extra two inches in a top would be a godsend at times; brilliant! And good for you if you are eminently successful in pulling it off. These oversize sinks are a pain with a standard depth top.

  5. I love these sinks too! I try to talk every client out of stainless and into one of these. I have NEVER had a client unhappy with this sink, they always love them!

  6. I don’t really know how to react to the problems with fitting a clearly deeper-than-usual sink into a countertop. Rich has the right idea on always wanting to have his ducks in a row before he gets to the site with his concrete countertops, including knowing the exact size of the sink. But, really, why would anyone want to fly blind on this?

    One of the first projects I made for our home was a window seat that called for two custom cushions. Never having made such a thing before, I made a call on the upholsterer and asked for him for advice on how I should design the piece so it would properly accommodate the cushion. I wasn’t sure how thick the cushion should be, which was why I wanted his feedback.

    He blinked at me in surprise and said, “You’re the first one who has ever asked that question. Everyone else makes their cabinetwork first, which is why you almost always see them with two-inch-thick cushions. It’s because there’s not really room for a thicker cushion anymore, so we just squeeze in whatever we can.”

    By asking first, though, I was able to come away with a comfortable four-inch-thick cushion for my project, and the end result is eighteen inches high, which is the perfect height for that kind of seating.

    I suppose a cabinetmaker can always run into surprises like the homeowner who changed his mind on the sink and ordered something else instead, but wow. The thought of having to contend with that sort of thing on site…

    My partner on my blog site is a licensed California cabinetmaker and keeps telling me that I should really re-think my idea of becoming one myself. It’s a lot of headaches, he keeps telling me, and seeing problems like this, I find myself agreeing with him all the more.

  7. Rich…those dang ducks! They have tried to run my life for years and I am finally beating them back into their nice rows!!

    Joseph: Thanks for input…yes, you are so right…get it right the first time and ask the right questions….heavy sigh…just wish everyone would…

    Steph: Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

  8. They are great sinks. Never had a complaint about an installation. I recommend them to my clients without reservation. Not something I do very often.

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