Kitchen Sink Options: Apron, Prep and Drainboard

In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some of the basic sink options available to you for a kitchen remodel. There are numerous sink varieties out there today, each with its own set of characteristics that might make it ideal for certain kitchen remodeling projects.

At Pine Tree Construction, we’re happy to help with a wide variety of kitchen remodeling and renovation needs, including sink selection and installation for those looking closely at this area. What are some of the good options out there for varying kitchen needs, including some of the more unique sink styles you’ll have available? Here are several others in part two of our series.

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Apron Sink

Also known as a farmhouse sink, the apron sink is one that’s known to bring a rustic feel and charm to any kitchen. The “apron” part of the title refers to a style that removes the counter space at the front of the sink, instead extending the entire sink over the top as a kind of apron. This section is usually lower than the counter space to each side of the sink.

Apron sinks are ideal for both design and practicality. Not only are they an ideal way to change the layout of a kitchen, they also complement retro and traditional styles well – plus offer deep basins that will hold larger pans and cookware than other sink types. On the downside, they are susceptible to dripping and may be on the more expensive end of sink options.

Prep Sink

The prep sink is different from the others we’ve gone over to this point, primarily because it’s actually a separate sink that’s purchased in addition to your primary sink. In many cases, prep sinks will be located on islands, peninsulas or separate bar areas, and are ideal for larger kitchens where significant cooking takes place. And for those who care about home value and ROI as part of their remodel, the prep sink does very well here.

Drainboard Sink

A smaller sink type for kitchens with limited space is the drainboard sink, which refers to a combination of a small basin on one side and a counter-level drainboard on the other. The drainboard in this setup has a lip around its entirety, meaning it will easily trap water and drain it right back into the sink instead of risking water damage concerns.

Limited space is an obvious drawback of the drainboard sink, which isn’t generally used in larger kitchens or those where major cooking is done. And for those who primarily utilize the dishwasher and don’t wash many dishes by hand, the drainboard piece will be relatively useless, honestly.

For more on which sink to choose for your sink remodel, or to learn about any of our home remodeling and house addition services, speak to the staff at Pine Tree Construction today.