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  1. Mary
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    what a GREAT POST! thank you 🙂

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    • Jenny Burt
      September 12, 2016 @ 12:20 am

      Your post is EXACTLY what I needed in all respects! Thanks for the great laughs AND advice. You just helped me close 499 of MY tabs!

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      • Michelle
        February 16, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

        Me too!

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  2. Katherine Tane
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    Fantastic choice. Does everything you want and gives Paul an easier install than any other. I am tall too and all my kitchen and bath counters are higher than standard. Makes a big difference when putting on makeup standing at the bath mirror and when chopping and doing dishes in the kitchen. Hope you are considering doing that.

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    • Emily
      October 15, 2015 @ 11:30 am

      I was going to suggest the height thing too! I just have Ikea cabinets, but I mounted them a couple inches higher than normal and it makes me so happy. The bonus is that if your friends are short you can legitimately tell them that they literally *cannot* help you in the kitchen (I may have some control freak kitchen problems….)

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    • Lisa
      October 15, 2015 @ 5:31 pm

      I installed normal height counters, but I also got 3″ thick John Boos-style cutting boards! All my food prep is done on that, at an excellent height for me. I think you could get a 4″ thick one too.

      That was my solution rather than elevate all my base cabinets, which would have elevated all the electrical, and shrunk the distance between my upper cabinets which I did not want to have custom-made.

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    • RedheadedCyclone
      August 14, 2017 @ 6:09 pm

      I second this… or third… you get the point…

      I’m tall as well and this just makes my back hurt thinking about it.

      You are amazing. Thank you for your crazy.

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  3. Robin
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Thanks for this post!! I have been going back and forth regarding fireclay and cast iron farm sinkssinks. I really wanted the cat iron but almost talked myself into fireclay, said I’m having a professional install it so things will be ok. I’m going back to cast iron after reading your blog.

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  4. Jen
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    We purchased the Kohler Whitehaven for our kitchen remodel last year. We have an 1830ish farmhouse in Pennsylvania. I love the offset drain and I can actually fit a large skillet in the sink with room to spare. It cleans up beautifully with a little Bar Keepers Friend. It’s VERY heavy. Get a team of horses to move that thing.

    Nice choice!

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    • Angell
      March 31, 2016 @ 11:53 pm

      We chose this cast iron sink for our new construction. I’m online doing some research to make sure I want apron and not just an undercount sink. The decisions are keeping me awake!! Anyway… I read how these stain and such. I have kids. I could totally see them pouring red juice into sink and not rinsing. I see you mentioned bar keepers friend. Is this a constant scrub with major elbow grease?

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  5. Kim
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    Why must every single decision be so bloody difficult? My husband keeps reminding me that I’m not trying to create world peace. But there are so many options and WHAT IF I MAKE A MISTAKE AND DIE WITH THE WRONG SINK?

    So basically, I’ve been there. We had the white IKEA apron front sink in our last house and while I liked the idea of it, it had some chips and scuffs in the few years we lived there. This time, we’re going with a stainless apron front sink, 30 inch, single basin. And we also went with a Kohler “faux” front (the Vault).

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    • Leah: )
      October 30, 2015 @ 4:39 pm

      This made me laugh out loud:
      “WHAT IF I MAKE A MISTAKE AND DIE WITH THE WRONG SINK?”
      SO Awesome!!!!!

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    • Michelle
      February 16, 2017 @ 9:04 pm

      I’ve delayed my cabinets by nearly four weeks, driven myself and everyone around me crazy, and lost sleep going back and forth between fireclay and cast iron. I’ve had a similar thought; WHAT IF I DIE AND MY HUSBAND AND SON ARE HERE WITH THIS EXPENSIVE SINK AND RUIN IT??!! I finally decided on cast iron too and have had to just let it go. After all, if I’m dead, will I really know what they’ve done to the sink?
      🙂

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      • Michelle L.
        February 25, 2017 @ 10:17 am

        I loved your post! I appreciate all the info and the laughter! I was struggling with cast iron or fire clay, so thank you for answering all these questions! We are going with the same sink but for a 24″.

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  6. Kate Sparks
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:24 am

    I think you’ve made an excellent choice…. I wish someone would have told me that all my tee shirts would have little holes in them from leaning against my faux stone countertops…

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  7. savannah
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    YOU have saved me an incredible amount of research time, sweetpea! Not only do I thank you, but so does my husband! (He just doesn’t know that yet!) xoxo

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  8. Sarah
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Ugh. I looked at farmhouse sinks for a ridiculous about of time myself. I’m in the planning stages of our kitchen remodel and would love something vintage but we’re hoping to do an island sink so the vintage sinks on craigslist with the backsplash won’t work. :/

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  9. Melanie McKeefry
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    I have the Koheler Whitehave and I love it! It does stain easily, so I let some bleach and water sit in it weekly! It’s very functional and it looks amazing

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  10. Jackie D
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    I love our Kohler Whitehaven more than anything else in our kitchen.
    Going on two years and no scratches or problems.
    Stuff does get kind of stuck on the left side and I have to use the sprayer all the time to get that to the drain but that’s minor.

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    • Mara
      February 24, 2017 @ 11:26 am

      I’m planning my kitchen now and I like the Kohler Whitehaven but I’m confused about why the inside front of the sink slopes inward which appears to make the bottom of the sink much smaller than the top would suggest. Is this an issue or am I making sh*t up?

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  11. Kim Elizabeth
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    Oh my, it’s a good thing you did more research on the subject! I would never imagine a sink could chip so easily. I have the pooling problem in my bathroom sink and I hate it. The pitch to the drain is not enough to have all the water go down the drain. I really need to replace the sink. You certainly don’t want to have to deal with that! Obviously, this is one situation where your obsessiveness has paid off 🙂

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  12. Marta
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    Excellent choice. We have the Ikea farmhouse sink. I am 5’7″ and the deepness of the sink kills my back. My only complaint but DH usually does the dishes. I agree with Katherine that you should consider making all your counters higher than usual. Paul will just love hearing that. 😉

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  13. Miriam Noel
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:35 am

    May I just add a simple “amen?” Undermount cannot be overrated.

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  14. tammigirl
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    Looks good to me!

    Another thing which makes it so easy for me to love you: I thought I was the only one who opened so many tabs my browser crashes and reads, re-reads, saves, charts, plans… then scraps it all and starts all over again when I am going to make a purchase. You make me feel less insane.

    Well, no… you make me feel like I can hold up your picture and say “She’s just like me, except not lazy! So THERE!”

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  15. Stachy
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    “I ended up in the quagmire of 500-open-tabs..” HA! Just broke out laughing. My co-workers want to know what’s so funny! Loved this post – just like all the others.

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    • Manon Sheiman
      June 3, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

      Get the OneTab extension for Chrome – I’ve got nearly 7,000 tabs stored there by now. Categorized, grouped, can save as a file, transfer, etc., can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  16. cat
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    I feel your pain of hunched over dishwashing as I too am 6′ tall. Love the Kohler sink and think that’s the best choice by far. I’m also enjoying how the kitchen is coming together. AND you both still dance and seem happily married despite on going construction!

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  17. Laura Kennedy
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    You have probably thought of this already, but since I’m also tall (6′) and dealt with height issues EVERYwhere in the house I built, I thought I’d weigh in. The carpenters raised the level of the counters and sink by installing everything on top of a taller kick! Simple and effective. (I went with the vintage option, with the built-in drainboards, and LOVED it)

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  18. Melinda
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    Loved reading this…just ’cause I get the way you process things. For those of us with ideas who really care about the outcome, life can be hard:) I think the Kohler choice is lovely!

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  19. Heather Wagner
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    I went thru all of the exact same issues as you deciding on a sink. I too ended up deciding on the Whitehaven. It has just as many issues as a fireclay sink, just saying. On a whim I bought a disgusting used cast iron sink from a junk yard and had it reglazed. I love it! The best part is I only spent $270.

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    • Angell
      March 31, 2016 @ 11:58 pm

      So… You had white haven and replaced??

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  20. Kristen
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    This made me smile in recognition…we barrelled into a half-finished restoration project with 5 weeks until our lease was up and had to make a lot of decisions very quickly. I loved the farmhouse sinks. Only had enough time before inspection to get what was in stock at Lowe’s. So what I have is probably a mediocre (though pricey) representation of what you’ve been looking into. The tight deadline was my best friend, though, because I didn’t find out any of the things you did in researching. The debris in the sink does have to be hosed toward the drain, and I do wash it out more than others I’ve had, but I love it and would still recommend it if you like the look. I had stainless for years and thought it was a royal pain in the ass. Never looked good. Once you swish this puppy out with warm soapy water it looks great–doesn’t show drips and doesn’t look dull. Adds brightness to an otherwise dull area. Provides an awesome contrast to countertops or cabinetry.Every sink has its downsides. If the jokers who rehabbed this house could put it in, your husband absolutely can. I mean, our front door hardware and banister both fell off this week–I’m telling you Paul’s got this. If you love it, get it. We have the 36 because I wanted to have an in-sink dish drainer. I just might take a bath in it, or fill it with kittens, or disco balls. GO FOR IT WOMAN

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  21. Stephanie
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    Very nice choice…looks effortlessly chic. I just completed a year-long top-to-bottom kitchen remodel and I went with an undermount apron-front farmhouse copper sink. Double bowls, not single though. It’s beautiful to look at but if I knew going in that every little spec of food or drink that sits in it for more than 10 minutes would turn the copper a puke green color, I may have gone a different route. Scratch that, I know I would have gone a different route. Even Dawn bubbles that get left behind when you wash dishes turn the sink green. Dawn bubbles?!?! I keep a little “CSI” flashlight in the drawer next to the sink and everyday I inspect it for anything that might be lurking to ruin the patina. I believe that falls into your category of “skewing towards crazy”.

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  22. Shelly
    October 15, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    I would like to know how you do dishes in a one basin sink? I have always had two basins. One for soapy water and one side to rinse the dishes. How do you rinse without a soap free basin? Hold the dishes up and over the suds? I have always wondered about the one basin sinks. I just do not get it.

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    • Juliet
      October 15, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

      I have the one basin, and I love it. I can put sheet pans, skillets and my big dutch oven in the sink and soak/scrub them. Best thing ever. I use a would use dishpan in the sink if I needed to do lots of stuff (and it can hold stuff under the sink most of the time so it’s not in the way). I haven’t had to do that yet, as I primarily use the dishwasher but for the big things. I just fill up whatever large item is in the sink and use to hold the soapy water, and yes run the water over the other part of the sink where it isn’t to rinse stuff. But I’m not handwashing loads of dishes. Just knives and the undishwasherable stuff. Had the two bowl sinks for almost 20 years, and I’m so, so happy with the one big one. Did a 32 inch one as I had the space.

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      • Rachel Szmed
        October 15, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

        What she said! Everything. I don’t wash many dishes – just the undishwasherable (What a great word!) things. I so love not hitting items on the center divider.

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        • yasmara
          October 27, 2015 @ 11:23 am

          One bowl for life! I agree, it’s probably not ideal if you don’t have a dishwasher, but I only handwash knives and big pans, so one bowl sinks are awesome. We have a kohler knockoff undermount stainless steel sink and I love being able to sweep the crumbs off the counter directly into the sink. We had a scratch and dent Kohler in our last house (mounted so the scratch was at the front, which was unseeable unless you literally put your head in the sink and looked back towards your belly) and honestly the quality between the kohler knockoff and the actual Kohler is nil. I made sure to look for a higher gauge of stainless steel and went with rounded inside corners (the squared off ones look fab but are hard to clean). Overstock.com and under $200.

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  23. Janet
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:05 am

    I have three Kohler farmhouse sinks – one in my B&B and two in our other house that are part of an ongoing huge kitchen remodel. The two new ones are the Whitehaven – one is 30″ the other is 36″. Love the offset drain. The big one is fabulous for those huge turkey roasting pans, sheet pans, etc. that need to soak. Handwashing dishes in a single basin sink is easy – just put a plastic dishpan in there with the soapy water. Not rocket science. For me, the large basin is key. I have soapstone counters and had sloping drainboards routed in the counter on either side of the 36″ sink in the clean up kitchen so everything drains into the farm sink. Love it. Good choice Victoria!

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  24. Nylene
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:14 am

    All those sinks look great to me. I have a large 2 basin cast iron white enamel that is Very deep, about 14″ deep in the left basin, which I love, is great for big pots and pans.
    Paid about 20 bucks for it at a local junkyard. Cleaned up great. Weighs a TON.

    It is in a cupboard like the photo of the one you have above with the claw feet-my cupboard is not that fancy. Just a plain one my guys built for it.
    If you are six feet-be sure you build the sink cupboard extra tall, I am only 5’6 and mine is standard size and still too short, now that photo has me thinking……..

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  25. Kathleen
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    I love my apron front undermount sink. It suits my house which is an 1874 farmhouse. I really like not having to reach across 4-6″ of counter to get to the sink like my last two sinks. It’s big enough for my large roasting pan. I got a single because I didn’t have the space for a double and feel you don’t really need one if you have a dishwasher.
    Although it’s fireclay I haven’t had an issue with it. I was warned not to use bleach. If you do it will affect the finish and it will stain easier. You will end up having to bleach frequently if you start.
    Installation was no problem, the kitchen guys filled the space under and around the sink nicely (mine has sides that taper in just slightly at the bottom). No problems with draining.
    Shelley – My faucet is a single mount with pull out sprayer. That’s how I rinse my dishes. Because the sink is fairly deep I only have a few inches of soapy water then hold the item up and spray it before putting on a drying mat to dry (I hate those plastic drying racks with matching drain mat! Not happening in my house!)

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  26. Lisa Zawadski
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    I was talked out of the fabricated soapstone sink I really wanted (integrated with our soapstone counters) so purchased the 30 inch Whitehaus fireclay single basin. It seems huge compared to my old sink so I am glad I didn’t go for the 36. It drains to the offset side perfectly (and our runnels are carved into the drain board on that side too). We do not have a disposal so I don’t think I need to worry about the crackle I’ve heard about. However, I am a klutz and feel like the front is a delicate tea cup just waiting for me to hit it with a Le Crueset pot. Every few weeks I also soak a mild bleach solution for the few stains I’ve seen. I love your solution for the apron front. I spent a ridiculous time researching and still second guess things. It will look gorgeous!

    Shelly, I put almost everything in the dishwasher. A single basin makes washing the large items so much easier. I do hold them under running water.

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    • Carol
      October 15, 2015 @ 3:52 pm

      I wasn’t talked out of my giant integrated soapstone sink and I love it. After two years there are a couple of chips, but its black and you can’t see them! It fits three giant pans inside. And a five gallon bucket when necessary. Bucks County Soapstone — highly recommended!

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  27. Nada Uber
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:20 am

    Just my .02… At my last house, I designed the kitchen specifically for me. Wide drawers instead of lower cabinet doors, a giant single undercount sink (I did bathe children and pets in it). My favorite feature was the wall mounted faucet! I so miss it! I H.A.T.E. Cleaning around all the spouts and handles and whatnot. The wall mount removes the opportunity for all the gunk build up. If you can put that spigot on the wall, sunshine and joy will fill your days. Pinky promise!!

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  28. ingrid
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:23 am

    STOP STOP STOP!!! Don’t make a decision until you look at my sink. I have the best sink for you. I read about it on another blog, I read about all the Shaw problems and decided to go with a Reinhard sink. I have a picture of my sink here: http://antiquestyle.blogspot.com/2015/01/kitchen-before-after.html

    I based it on the recommendation of Brooke Giannetti here:
    http://brookegiannetti.typepad.com/velvet_and_linen/2013/09/patina-farm-update-kitchen-details.html

    It’s a German sink, made without all the imperfections that the Shaw has. I also liked the fact that it is deeper than the other sinks you are looking at. It drains well. The surface is amazing, I swear I hardly ever clean the sink, the porcelain is so slick nothing sticks to it.

    It wasn’t a big deal to install, yes my husband did it and NO he is not a plumber. The cabinet maker left a plywood deck for it, and we cut a larger hole around the drain to make room for the disposal, and it went fine.

    Email me if you want more photos.

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  29. Amber
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:24 am

    I LOVE it!! I think you’ve made a fantastic choice that is both practical AND beautiful and looks like the same asthetic as the fireclay! Smart shopper!!!

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  30. ingrid
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:25 am

    PS. I bought it here, on Brooke Gianetti’s link:

    http://www.signaturehardware.com/30-reinhard-single-bowl-fireclay-farmhouse-sink35.html

    at $668 it is quite a good buy!

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  31. Garden, Home and Party
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    I love the sink. I’ve got a 2-basin sink and always worried that while I love the look of a farm sink, would I be happy with the lack of a second sink? I’ll enjoy hearing your report on this topic…in a couple of years when you’ve used it past the honeymoon phase of a new kitchen! Which faucet are you leaning towards? I really love the little sink set in the vintage piece with stone walls. I want that kitchen!
    xo.
    Karen

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    • D'Arcy H
      October 15, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

      Hi Karen! I love my big single vintage sink. It’s so spacious, and mine’s not to deep to be uncomfortable on the back. For all my regular dishes I use the dishwasher, but for oversized things and plastics I just wash them in the sink and run the water to rinse. I’ll be a single-bowl person for life!

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  32. Rebecca
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    Farmhouse sink researchers of the world, unite! I’ve spent years on Gardenweb for just this subject, even when I came to the realization that the budget would allow only Ikea. And then I bought two Ikea sinks (one double and one single) years before our reno because I was/am convinced that if we’d waited to buy, Ikea would promptly discontinue them. So there they sit in boxes waiting for us…

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  33. Heather H
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but I went through the process of wanting an apron sink during my remodel (white cabinets with carrera marble). Ultimately, because I use mostly cast iron pans, I decided the likelihood of cracking the sink with a heavy pan and all the pot marks wasn’t going to make me happy so we did an under-mount stainless (I did a double sink so one side can be the clean dish rack).

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    • Manon Sheiman
      June 3, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

      hHmm, that must be the reason they make it mandatory to buy the steel grill sink liner w rubber feet to go with the sink. Now I know.

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  34. Rebecca
    October 15, 2015 @ 11:54 am

    PS Thanks for the Tim Barber picture/link — Christmas in October!

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  35. Kate S.
    October 15, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

    Truly a wise decision. I was developing anxiety just reading your post–that many possible problems is certainly recipe for disaster. And the sink you’ve chosen looks great! Hardly seems like a compromise to me.

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  36. judy
    October 15, 2015 @ 12:09 pm

    Ooooh pretty. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    I have been a home owner of a total of 8 homes in 4 different States and the above encapsulates my Nirvana and my Husbands Hell. He is not in Paul’s League (who could be?) but very very good at taking Houses apart and putting them back repaired,healed and Pretty!

    We always sold our homes quickly and for far more than we paid for them………but never more than we had poured into them in $$$. And that would not include the free labor quotient of my “Paul”. I’m sure you will raise your Cabinets to a height that is comfortable for you and Paul and be assured that higher Cabinets will not be a factor in resale. As a girl 5’9″ tall in the fifties-I was taller than even the football team but now the kids I see out and about are-huge! We are feeding them well or there’s something in the water?
    I am thrilled that you are back and I would have bet that your writing couldn’t be any more interesting,informative or filled with Wit. I was wrong.

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  37. Patricia D
    October 15, 2015 @ 12:10 pm

    WOW! Did you bring back memories: The year of the sink. Finally, I decided on Kohler’s Harborview sink with the legs. It’s 4′ long!!! Has sliding dry rack/cutting board. Has integrated backsplash (a requirement for me) and two faucets. It took three plumbers and a hydraulic jack to install the sucker. I like not having the cabinet under the sink. I was going for unfitted kitchen look and this sink was a key. Regarding castiron vs fireclay. It took forever to get the legs shipped because they kept having problems with the fireclay! Yes you could wash a large dog in it. However, it functions as a prep area with a sink. If it is possible to be in love with a sink, I am!

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  38. Tattycoram
    October 15, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

    I’m merely a medium-sized cook, but my tall cook friends have not only raised their lower cabinetry but used the larger toe-kick space to have extra storage under there.

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  39. Kelsey
    October 15, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    Get the Kohler Whitehaven and never look back! It’s an amazing sink and I would purchase again in a heart beat. No one can tell it’s not an “official” farm sink and the self trimming is probably the thing I love most about it.

    I’ve got the 30″ Wide with the Tall Apron and love love love it. It’s super easy to clean, shows zero water spots, and looks gorgeous when placed on an apron sink base cabinet. If you haven’t seen it in a showroom yet, go see it – but I ordered mine sight unseen and love it, so if you haven’t got a showroom nearby with one, don’t let that deter you.

    My sister has the 36″W, Tall Apron Whitehaven that I ordered her for her remodel. When it arrived, her husband joked “Is it a sink or a bathtub?” because it was so large and gorgeous!

    Go for the tall apron to get more of that fireclay big basin look. And go for the widest one you can in your space and size your sink cabinet for that – The 36″ is made to fit a 36″ wide cabinet, it doesn’t need to go in a 39″, and the same with the 30″ going in a 30″ cabinet.

    This is the one thing in the kitchen that you shouldn’t doubt and definitely will love. Plus, Paul will love that any imperfection in trimming the sink base will be hidden by the self-trimming sink.

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  40. Lynne Hoover
    October 15, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

    I like it!

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