Q. You're our favorite plumber and we need a few ideas. We're replacing our counters and plan to install stone countertops with an under-mount-style sink. What current trends do you recommend we include with our new kitchen sink?
A. Choosing a quality faucet is key. However, most kitchen faucets can easily be replaced down the road. Under-mount-style sinks can be another story.
Since the counter locks the sink in place, the kitchen sink you choose may stay in place for a very long time. So I recommend following the new trend of installing a new kitchen sink with built-in accessories. Stock accessories are also available for existing sinks.
But in your case, here are three popular custom add-ons for a new kitchen sink:
1. Bottom sink racks -- These are drain racks that sit on the bottom of the sink bowls. They also protect sink bottoms to help your sink look new even after years of use.
2. Custom cutting boards -- Specially designed to fit your sink profile, custom cutting surfaces allow you to prepare foods and easily sweep the scraps right into your disposer.
3. Saddle racks -- Fairly new on the market, a saddle rack hangs over a sink divider wall. This allows one to turn that wasted space into a towel rack and/or a handy sponge holder, and that can really "clean up" the look of your new kitchen sink.
• 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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