Q. We're installing a kitchen island complete with a cook top, serving area, seating area and, of course, a bar sink. We plan on using the island as our main serving area for dinner guests, and really want to make it special. Do you have any suggestions for a bar sink that can add beauty along with practical features for our new kitchen island?
A. For years, bar sinks were basically small stainless-steel sinks tucked away in a corner of the kitchen, or even installed out of sight in many basement bar areas. However, with the new trend of kitchen entertainment areas complete with high-end kitchen islands, bar sinks have now transformed into showcase plumbing fixtures. And many people are calling these fancy bar sinks "prep sinks" or "entertainment sinks."
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Also, because of its versatility, durability and vibrant color options, enameled cast iron is fast becoming the material of choice for many of today's high-end bar sinks. Shapes can be round, square or anything in between, and the sinks can be under-mounted or top-mounted.
Cast-iron bar sinks can also be filled with ice cubes to make a long-lasting "insulating" ice bucket for chilling wine bottles or staging beverages.
So, if you have the budget, a beautiful heavy-duty cast-iron bar sink gets a strong recommendation.
• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.
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