December 2009

What’s one of the first things your visitors do when they come to your home? If you guessed knock on the door, you’re right!  Before they knocked, what did they see? The front door is often a neglected part of a home.  The truth is that it is a very important part of your home’s overall character and style.  Today I’d like to share some tips that will make the entrance to your home the most inviting on the block.

The first thing that people notice is your front door.  Is it freshly painted?  Do you have a door-knocker?  Does your doorknob look clean and new?  Before that first knock, your visitors will notice your front door and its surroundings.  Here are some simple tips that will enhance the entrance to your home.

  1. Keep your front door freshly painted.  During the summer months, heat and sunlight can damage the paint finish and even cause peeling.
  2. Maintain your doorknob and lock.  No matter what finish you choose, there are many products available to keep them clean and looking like new.  Fusion Decorative Hardware carries a wide variety of doorknobs that will match any style home.
  3. Add a door-knocker.  A beautiful door-knocker can really add some real beauty and interest to your front door. There are many styles to choose from at Michael Healy Door Knockers.
  4. Outside lighting is important for 2 reasons.  The first is that it can really draw your attention to the home.  The second is to ensure the safety of your evening guests.
  5. Make sure your doorbell is working and attractive. They are inexpensive and easy to install.  At Fusion Decorative Hardware , they carry many doorbells that sound nice and are relatively easy to install.  For instructions on how to install a doorbell, please review our blog post for help.

Be creative and have fun when updating your front door. There are many choices that can be economical yet sensible when updating your home. 

For more information please contact Knobs, Hinges & More.

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Last week we looked at Farm Sinks in depth and discovered that they are traditional, beautiful and functional.  This week in Part Two, we’ll take a look at what’s involved if you’d like to install one in your home. 

 So roll up your sleeves and let’s get started!




Things You’ll Need:

  • Cabinets built for farm sink installation OR Farm sink with an apron that will fit inside existing cabinetry when the false drawer portion is removed Drain kit, including disposal flange, if needed Silicone sealant Faucet to fit pre-drilled holes in sink or in countertop behind the sink Measuring tape Disposal, pea trap and other plumbing

Step 1

Assess your cabinetry. If you are building or remodeling a kitchen from the bottom up, you will be able to choose cabinets specifically made for apron sinks. They will have a cutout where the false drawer section below a sink would normally be. The depth and width of the cutout will vary, and it can usually be adapted to the size of sink you will be using. The importance of the cutout is that the doors underneath will be built according to the amount of space needed for the sink.

Step 2

Decide if you want your sink to be 1) under-mounted, 2) mounted below your counter top (most farm sinks are mounted this way), or 3) top-mounted so that the rims or ledge of the sink sit on top of, or above, the counter top material. This decision will affect the depth of the cabinet cutout.
If you are using existing cabinetry, simply measure the height from about 1/2 to 1/4 inch below the false drawer section to the top of the cabinetry. This will give you an idea of the space you have available for the height of your sink. If this area is less than 6 inches, consider top mounting your sink or modifying the doors below the sink so that they can accommodate a farmhouse sink apron.

Step 3

Find a sink that works with your cutout and counter top. Farm sinks come in a wide variety of sizes and materials. Some sinks are deeper or wider than others, so have your measurements in hand when picking out a sink. This will make installation a snap, and it will keep you from running into trouble in the installation.

Step 4

Carefully make a rectangular cut in the counter top material. For sinks mounted below the counter top, the cutout should be approximately 1/4 inch narrower than the sink width, side-to-side. The front-to-back measurement of the cutout will vary, depending on how far out you’d like the sink to come from the cabinetry. Most farm sinks will be installed anywhere from flush with, to 1 to 4 inches out from the cabinetry. The front-to-back cutout of the counter top should accommodate this measurement, minus a 1/4 of an inch for overlap.
If your sink has pre-drilled holes for the faucet, the counter top should also be cut accordingly.

Step 5

Place the sink. For under-mounted or rimless sinks, slide the sink into place inside your cabinetry. Depending on the material used in the sink (such as stone or cast iron), it may be necessary to build supports for the sink inside the cabinet. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for supporting the sink below its bowl. Rimmed sinks should be mounted so that the rim sits on top of the sub-board. The counter top will then be laid above the rims.
If the sink is top-mounted, the same process should be used, except that the rims will sit on top of the counter top material.

Step 6

Seal gaps and overlaps with silicone sealant. This will keep water from leaking into these areas and causing mold or mildew growth inside the cabinetry. You sink manufacturer may recommend a different sealant; always follow manufacturer guidelines.

Step 7

Install drain flanges. Follow manufacturer guidelines for installing drain flanges, drains, disposals and pea traps. You may need to modify pipes below the sink to accommodate the shorter space available due to the sink apron.

Step 8

Install faucet. Install your faucet into pre-drilled holes in the back of the sink, or into the counter top or backsplash behind the sink. A wide variety of faucets are available to suit your needs.

While installing your farm sink may be a bit time-consuming, the final result is worth the time and effort.  It adds that bit of character to a kitchen that is remarkable.  You’ll be glad you did it.

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Farm Sink When shopping for a new sink for your kitchen, consider purchasing a farm sink. It has great character and it offers a lot of space for washing large pots and pans. The farm sink is one of the most proven and functional sinks available on the market. And because its practical and familiar design harkens back to an earlier, more utilitarian time, it adds a down home feeling to any kitchen. If you’re thinking about installing a new sink in your home and like that farmhouse feel, this might be exactly the style of sink you’ve been looking for. Here is some information on Farm Sinks that will help you decide whether it’s the type of sink for you.

The Defining Characteristics of a Farm Sink

The farmhouse design will definitely take you back to Grandma’s kitchen. It’s made with functionality in mind, and its signature trait is an “apron” front that drops down in front of the sink instead of stopping at the edge of the countertop. It’s made for heavy use, and built to weather the spills, drips, and splashes that came with keeping a kitchen on the farm.

Not Grandma’s Sink Anymore

Of course, few people go day in and day out baking, cooking, canning, and performing all the other tasks that made a farmhouse style sink so valuable and functional in times past. In the modern kitchen the farmhouse sink is installed as much for looks as it is for its excellent utilitarian design. And because functionality is just one of the factors modern homeowners take into consideration, there’s a wide range of additions and features that you can add to your new sink to adapt it to more modern sensibilities.

Single Basin vs. Double, Triple, Etc.

The traditional farm sink consisted of a single, large basin. This was perfect for the large pots and pans that went with the multitude of cooking chores that were necessary on the farm. The bigger the space, the better, as they say. Not so today, however. Most homeowners prefer at least a double basin to accommodate several different cooking tasks, and of course, a garbage disposal. If you’re a professional chef, or just like to pretend you’re one, triple basin professional style sinks are also out there for the taking.

Convinced a Farm Sink is for you? Next week learn how to install one in Part Two of Farm Sinks.

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