In a large family kitchen, two bumped out fireclay apron front sinks sit fashionably forward.
Farm sinks are often bumped out — or pulled forward in the cabinet base — so that the user can stand directly against the front panel, which is very comfortable. That type of installation also creates slightly more space behind the sink which is needed to operate certain faucets, such as the beefy Kohler Vinnata used on the sink wall of the Maple, Black and Moss Kitchen. Rather than being lined up with the front of the surrounding cabinets and counter, the Rohl fireclay sink basically sticks out.
A close-up of the front, right-hand corner of the sink shows how the space between the rounded bottom sink corners and square cabinets are patched in. It requires a skilled carpenter to perfectly cut and fit pieces of filler around the sink so that it is smoothly cradled, without gaps. An alternate way to handle this are is with a piece of molding called a drip rail that is nailed over the seam.
On the kitchen’s island, the owner took advantage of the lovely shape of the sink — which pops against the black cabinets. The a bump-out is just two inches. Pulling a sink forward is tricky because attention must be paid to all four sides of the rim and its relationship to the cabinets and the counter.
These Calacatta d’oro marble counters have an ogee or S-curve edge, a wonderful refinement. The edge continues around the sink as well. Because an ogee edge is somewhat delicate, the sink was given a “half-positive reveal,” which means that the marble (held in place with caulk) only covers half the top of the rim. Thus, half of the rim is revealed. With a bumped out sink, the very front rim of the marble counter should line up approximately with the inside front of the sink, as this one does. Cabinets are by Dura Supreme.
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