Q: My husband and I are planning to remodel our kitchen this fall. I have wanted a “farmer style” kitchen sink for years, but my husband insists that installing this type of sink will require custom-built cabinetry. Will we really need custom cabinetwork? Also, what materials are farmer’s sinks available in?

Q: My husband and I are planning to remodel our kitchen this fall. I have wanted a “farmer style” kitchen sink for years, but my husband insists that installing this type of sink will require custom-built cabinetry. Will we really need custom cabinetwork? Also, what materials are farmer’s sinks available in?


A: I’ll save the best news for last. So let’s start with what a farmhouse sink is and what materials are available for this type of sink.


Farmhouse sinks have been a mainstay in traditional-style kitchens for decades. However, what’s old is new, and now these sinks have become the darling of many contemporary kitchens as well.


They’re usually deep single-bowl sinks, with a broad finished and exposed front apron that blends into the cabinets. Hence, the optional name “apron-front sink” used by many designers and contractors.


The three basic materials that farmhouse sinks are available in are fireclay, stainless steel and cast iron. That means that just about any style, color and texture you’re looking for should be available.


As far as installation, farmhouse or apron-front sinks traditionally have been high-end items, mainly because of the extra carpentry costs involved.


But the good news is that if you look around, you can find new self-trimming models. This new style actually overlaps most standard cabinet supports and usually does not require major woodworking alterations.


Ed Del Grande, master contractor/plumber and LEED green associate, is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” a Scripps Howard News Service columnist and hosts TV shows on Scripps Networks and HGTVPro.com. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com or write eddelgrande@hgtvpro.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.