Thursday, Sep 27, 2012

Sinks and accessories evolve
By JENNIFER LEE, Calgary Sun Homes

With the latest efficient -- and stylish -- sink designs and accessories, there's no need to let stress boil over in the kitchen.

We asked the experts: What are some kitchen sink and accessory trends?

"An overall trend is that the kitchen is also used for entertaining and social events. People want both design and functionality," says Alexandra Motts of Allan Forrest Sales, representing plumbing lines such as Delta, Blanco and Hansgrohe.

An ability to quickly chop vegetables, expertly season a steak and pour wine for guests, demands efficient yet fashionable and clutter-free work spaces in the heart of the home.

"For example, you could have a prep area with a bar sink in the island or in another part of the kitchen," says Motts, adding extra sinks allow more than one chef to work their culinary magic.

Sinks can come with all the fixings, such as drain boards, sliding cutting boards, built-in colanders, soap dispensers, prep bowls, larger and higher spouts, pull-out faucets and even matching flower vases. Larger and deeper bowls prove bigger is always better, allowing easy cleaning of cumbersome roasting pans and racks.

"A food waste disposer -- or garburator -- can be built into your sink and will dispose of all your organic waste matter," says Jackie Rainforth, regional manager for Western Canada for InSinkErator. "It's convenient and speeds up meal prep time -- all your vegetable peelings, table scraps and bones can go into the sink, eliminating the odours associated with food waste and garbage.

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