Q. We have a finished utility room on our first floor between the garage and a small bathroom. The room has the water heater in a corner and we have been using the rest for storage. I finally cleaned out and organized this room and rediscovered how valuable this space is. Now I would like to add a sink to this area. Can this be done, and what type of sink would be a good choice?
A. Good job in cleaning out that area. Finished home utility rooms have become very popular. It makes perfect sense to install a utility sink. However, I'm not talking about the commercial mop-type sink that you may see in an office building. I would recommend an upscale residential utility sink. These sinks combine the larger work area needed for things like cleaning, gardening and laundry, but they also are designed to add beauty and color to a space.
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Because of the attractive style, upscale utility sinks can be used in other places like finished laundry rooms and mudrooms, and even trendy kitchens. As for installation, since your water heater is in the room and a bathroom is next door, water and drain lines should be close by. But get an estimate from your plumber before you start the job.
Bottom line: An upscale residential utility sink can really add a big "splash of class" to a newly reclaimed room.
• 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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