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undermount vs self-rimming

Posted by chloe_s_mom (My Page) on
Mon, Jan 12, 09 at 10:07

We're moving into our new house soon, and I wanted to replace with counters w stone or quartz (another posting on this subject to follow). I had my heart set on the Kohler Smart divide sink, but just noticed that for undermount installation, it requires a base cabinet of 36", and ours is 32". The options would be:
- install the sink as self-rimming instead
- or, replace the sink cabinet and the weird narrow one beside it (approx 6") with a larger sink cabinet.

Thoughts? Does anyone think that self-rimming is a bit of crime on stone countertops?

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RE: undermount vs self-rimming

I think that an undermount sink looks better, but even more importantly, it's so much easier to clean. I am not sure how much use you can get out of a 6" wide lower cabinet, anyway. I would definitely go for the larger sink cabinet.

RE: undermount vs self-rimming

It may be a bit of a crime to put a self-rimming sink into granite, but I did it with both sinks in a nice-sized kitchen. I'd rather have the water go back into the sink instead of on the granite when my hands are wet and I drip all over the handle. Dumb reason. But I also don't mind drop ins and don't like the scuz that can collect between the countertop and the undermount sink. And I guess I just basically don't trust an undermount over the long run.


RE: undermount vs self-rimming

If you are considering granite or quartz, talk with your local granite fabricator, cabinet company or plumbing supplier. A good place to look for sinks is, they might have a similar sink but in the 32" size. If you find a sink that is just a little to big, sometimes the cabinet walls can be modified. But 4" is a lot.

Here is a link that might be useful: Granite Countertops

RE: undermount vs self-rimming

thanks everyone! My current thoughts: get a butcher block top for the sink area (it is a small island), live with the self rimming, get the feel for things, see if I use the small cabinet (if not, it may come out!), and then scope out stone for the rest of the counters.....

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