Certified Stainless Steel Sink – Does it Meet Building Code?

The two primary model codes. Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and International Building Code both require that sinks be certified by and independent agency to meet ASTM112.19.3. Below is an excerpt from a presentation we did for one of our customers on certification.

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Best Steel for Stainless Steel Sinks

The Best Stainless Steel for Stainless Steel sinks is Certified 304-grade steel.

304 Stainless Steel has 18% Chromium and 8% Nickel. The Chromium gives the sink its luster and it will match the kitchen appliances which are also made from 304-grade stainless steel. The Nickel hardens the finish so it does not age. Here is an excerpt from a presentation we did for one of our customers.

 

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Welded Sink vs. Double Drawn (Pressed) Sinks

There are four qualities that distinguish a quality a Stainless Steel Sink from the “free sinks” that are used as an incentive to buy countertops.

  • Better steel
  • Better production processes
  • Certified quality
  • A professional to stand behind the sink.

In this article, we will discuss one of the better processes, Individually drawing each bowl then welding the two bowls together. Here an excerpt from a presentation we did for one of our best customers.

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Stainless Steel Buyers Guide/Checklist

Stainless Steel Buyers Guide/Checklist

Here is a checklist of what to look for when you are buying a stainless steel sink for your new granite or quartz countertop.

  1. Certified 304 stainless steel so the sink will match you appliances at install and for the life of the sink. – Many sinks sold as 304 are not so you need to ask if it is certified by and independent agency such as UPC to be 304. Many sinks are drawn from 301 stainless steel which has less chromium so they will not match your appliances and less nickel so they will age faster.
  2. Sinks with bowls that are individually drawn before they are welded together. This makes the bowls more even and heavier which means it is quieter. A welded 18 gauge sink is heavier than most sinks sold on the internet as 16 gauge.
  3. All model building codes require that sinks are certified by and independent agency usually IAPMO (UPC) to meet ASTM112.19.3. To meet this requirement, the sink must have the manufacturer’s name or logo on the sink, so it is visible after installation and must have the independent agency’s mark stamped on the sink. In the case of UPC, it is their shield. A sticker provided by the manufacturer that states the sink meets UPC requirements does not meet the code requirement.
  4. Does the sink have a sink professional to stand behind the sink? Many sinks sold on the internet are sold by companies with no inventory and no expertise regarding the products they offer. Companies like ANO are working with customers daily to resolve issues, so they do not return.

When you get a free sink, do not accept it just because it is free. You are buying your countertop for a lifetime. Make sure your sink will last as long as the countertop. If the free sink goes bad, it can only be replaced by another low-quality sink. Don’t let you expensive countertop project look second class for the price of a cheap sink.

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Checklist on Remodeling Your Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Checklist for kitchen remodel

  1. Think about what you need.
  2. Research and plan
  3. Decide what professionals and suppliers you will need.
  4. Schematic design
  5. Select fixtures and materials
  6. Work on design and construction documents
  7. Get estimates
  8. Plan Construction and get ready
  9. Be flexible during construction and prepare to make final punch list

Source: Homeowner’s Workbook: How to Remodel Your Kitchen

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Stash It All: Know the 3 Zones of Kitchen Storage

There are three area three storage zones in the kitchen.

The Refrigerator Storage Zone.  

Sink Storage Zone

Stove Storage Zone

Kitchen storage works best if items are kept in the correct zone.

Source: Stash It All: Know the 3 Zones of Kitchen Storage

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How Much Room Do You Need for a Kitchen Island?

Will a kitchen fit and how to plan one. The article below offers a number of tips.

Kitchen islands are a much-sought-after feature — almost nine out of 10 of our kitchen design and installation firm’s clients ask about them in their first design meeting. A well-planned island layout can allow a smooth workflow and provide a comfortable space for preparing and cooking food. Islands also frequently provide space for dining, working and storage.

 

Source: How Much Room Do You Need for a Kitchen Island?

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Tiny Kitchens

Next time you feel cramped in your kitchen take a look at these tiny kitchens. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: 10 Tiny Kitchens Whose Usefulness You Won’t Believe

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Reasons Kitchen Renovations Go Over Budget

Kitchen renovations and remodeling often run over budget. According to the article below from Houzz there are common reasons the projects go over budget.

  1. Selecting expensive products or materials – custom cabinets vs. box for example
  2. Selected products were more expensive than expected
  3. Change in project scope or design
  4. Project more complex than expected
  5. Discover unrelated construction related problems
  6. Poor project management
  7. Poor communication
  8. Unexpected code building code requirements
  9. Change service providers

More detailed list

  1. Custom cabinetry vs. box
  2. Special features in cabinets/ pull our shelves, spice racks and more can drive up cost.
  3. Selecting higher priced countertops
  4. Selecting more expensive appliances
  5. Exposing unforeseen structural issues
  6. Code compliance
  7. Changing your mind during construction – Add not making selections before you start to budget busters.
  8. Project creep where the dining room or living room now needs work to match the beautiful new kitchen.

Source: From the Pros: 8 Reasons Kitchen Renovations Go Over Budget

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Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas

Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas on Houzz

  1. Custom Pantries
  2. Corner Drawers
  3. Utensil Drawer
  4. Undersink drawer
  5. Pullout trash can
  6. Cookie sheet drawer
  7. Appliance garage
  8. Deep cabinet organizer
  9. Rolling cabinet or cart
  10. Spice storage
  11. Kitchen mail station
  12. Dish drawer
  13. Pet bowls
  14. Open shelves
  15. Pull our shelves

Source: The 15 Most Popular Kitchen Storage Ideas on Houzz

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