Copper Sinks - for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodel
If you’re doing a bathroom remodel or a kitchen remodel, consider copper sinks. Many of today’s bathrooms and kitchens are absolutely stunning. Once just thought of as functional and necessary rooms, modern homeowners are placing more emphasis on the design and artistic appeal of these parts of the home. They’re more functional than ever, but now they’re also beautiful, with fine furniture-quality cabinets, quarried tile, and extras like shower steamers, unique bathtubs, frameless glass shower doors, and attractive sinks and basins. In the center of all these elements is the sink – often thought of as just a mundane place to wash your hands, brush your teeth, wash dishes, or prepare foods. Think again! Bathroom sinks and kitchen sinks are now receiving a lot more attention, in new homes and with remodeling. Some of the most popular sinks on the market now is the copper sink. To learn why so many homeowners are choosing copper sinks for their home remodeling projects, keep reading!
Man has been fascinated with copper for ages – at least 11,000 years. In fact, copper was one of the first metals used by man, largely due to its inherent beauty and its malleability. It could easily be shaped into tools, jewelry, cookware, basins, and sinks. Throughout history, copper sinks have been much in demand, especially by the upper class. In more recent times, copper became more affordable, so it was the first choice for sinks in most households, up until World War II. During that time, copper was in high demand by the military, so other materials replaced copper in the construction of kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Copper has made a comeback! Homeowners prefer copper sinks for several reasons. First of all, it’s a natural material that gives a kitchen or bathroom a warm look and feel. It can be hammered and formed into many different shapes, too. It’s also resilient to corrosion and harmful pathogens, including E. coli and staph. Copper sinks actually have the ability to disinfect themselves in a matter of a few hours, so all that’s needed for cleaning is a quick bath of soap and water. Furthermore, copper is a very “green” material; it’s 100% recyclable, without losing any of its intrinsic qualities. Amazingly, experts say that four-fifths of all the copper ever mined is still in use today in one form or another. You can’t get much greener than that!
Doing a kitchen remodel? Remodeling can be a real headache, but the results are definitely worth the cost and work – if the kitchen remodel was effective. You’ll need a plan first. If you’re doing major remodeling, you might want to consult an architect. You’re going to be faced with hundreds of decisions, and at times, you’ll feel completely overwhelmed. Just choosing a kitchen sink can be a major dilemma. It’s usually best if you have some definite ideas before putting your plan into motion. At least your choices will be narrowed down somewhat.
So…what type of kitchen sinks are you considering? Each type has its pros and cons. really though, if you like the natural look of copper, about the only disadvantage of copper kitchen sinks is their price tag. Yes, they’re usually more expensive than other types of sinks, but you have to look at quality and durability along with the price to assign a true value. An inexpensive kitchen sink might not be the cheapest in the long run.
Copper sinks are available in a number of styles and shapes, including round, oval, square, and rectangular. A very popular model is the copper farmhouse sink, also known as the copper apron sink. Consumers can also choose copper sinks with smooth or hammered textures, along with intricate designs and scrollwork. Finishes available include satin, matte, polished, and brushed. With all these choices, you’re sure to find a copper sink that will be the perfect accent for your new kitchen.
Copper Kitchen Sinks
Copper kitchen sinks can add an interesting element to your kitchen remodel. Many copper sinks are made by hand, so no two are exactly alike. These handmade copper sinks aren’t mass produced, so each one is unique. Also adding to their beauty is the way the sinks change over time. As the copper ages, it forms a beautiful patina that takes on shades of pale green, sage green, and even turquoise, making the unit look like an antique copper sink. Rest assured, however, if you don’t like this look, you can always restore your sink back to its original color.
Copper kitchen sinks can add warmth to your kitchen, which is important to most homeowners. The kitchen always seems to be the room where family and friends gather, which is why the room is often referred to as “the heart of the home.” A copper sink can attractively accent just about any décor and style, and as I’ve already mentioned, they’re super functional and durable.
Copper Farmhouse Sink
A copper farmhouse sink is a large, deep sink that’s made of copper. Traditionally, they were often used in farmhouses, where huge sinks were needed for kitchen chores. My grandmother had one in her old farmhouse, and she used it for everything – washing fruits and vegetables, washing dishes, and bathing children. I took lots of baths in that old copper sink!
Granny’s sink was one big vessel, without a divider. You can find a copper farmhouse sink with or without a divider, however. Each type has its advantages, so you need to choose the one that best addresses your particular needs. Most farmhouse sinks have a front, or “apron” that sticks out a little past the cabinets and counter top. That’s why these vessels are sometimes called “apron sinks.”
A farmhouse sink is amazingly functional, and a copper farmhouse sink combines function ability with aesthetic appeal. These kitchen sinks are large enough to tackle your biggest culinary tasks without making a mess on your kitchen floor. Because of their depth and width, your biggest pots and pans won’t be a problem.
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Hammered Copper Sinks
Many people love the texture of hammered copper sinks. The hammering can be subtle or dramatic or somewhere in between. Many hammered copper sinks are worked by hand by a skilled artisan. Typically, it takes several days to produce one sink, and a single vessel might involve hundreds or even thousands of hits with a hammer. The resulting product is a one-of-a-kind sink – no two are exactly alike.
Hammered copper sinks add an incredible facet to any room. They can add a rustic feeling or an old fashioned feel, but they look just as great with contemporary décor. These sinks are perfect for practically any room in your home where a sink is appropriate: kitchens, bathrooms, or bars. Even better, you can have a hammered copper sink custom made to your exact specifications.
Hammered Copper Sinks:
A bathroom remodel is one of the best ways to add value to your home. If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, putting your money and effort into a bathroom remodel is a good way to attract buyers. Today’s bathrooms are expected to be more than just a place to “go.” Most prospective buyers want bathrooms that are functional, of course, but they also want the rooms to be attractive and inviting.
Believe it or not, a sink can serve as a focal point in a bathroom. If you have a standard boring bathroom sink, you probably haven’t paid much attention to it. If you have an interesting and beautiful sink, however, you’ll be surprised at how much it changes the appearance of your bathroom. A copper sink will fill the bill nicely.
Copper sinks are especially functional in bathrooms. They’re places for lots of dirt, grime, and germs to accumulate. Because of the natural antibacterial properties of copper, a copper sink will help control the spread of germs. Bathroom sinks get a lot of wear and tear, too, and copper sinks are tough. They’ll last for years, and they’ll make your bathroom cleaning chores easier.
Think about copper sinks and how they’d look and function in your home. If you’re building or remodeling, or if you’re just planning on replacing your existing kitchen, bathroom, or bar sink, think about copper as a replacement. You can see lots of examples of copper sinks in home improvement stores, kitchen showrooms, bathroom showrooms, building supply warehouses, and online. Do a little research before buying. Find out how thick the copper is, and do some comparison shopping for prices and quality. Also, if you’re considering a copper farmhouse sink, find out what’s involved in installing it. Some farmhouse sinks require some “tearing out” of existing cabinets, so you’ll want to check on that. If you do your homework, you’re sure to be happy with copper sinks!