1. Lisa D.
    April 17, 2018 @ 10:47 pm

    Cast iron wears, well… like iron. It lasts forever, and retains heat wonderfully. I have an old house – old by California standards – it was built in 1935. There were originally three cast iron bath tubs, and two were replaced during several re-modellings, regrettably not with cast iron, and the water just doesn’t stay hot enough.


  2. Diane
    August 22, 2018 @ 2:05 pm

    Hmm … this gave me pause in regards to choosing fireclay or not. I’m in love with the farmhouse, apron front sink, but it comes in few different materials, so it’s really a matter of preference.


  3. Holly Stava
    September 3, 2018 @ 1:06 pm

    I bought a new house that came with a farmhouse sink. I will agree that a farmhouse sink is lovely. However, in todays world it is not a good idea. Every time I do dishes I feel guilty about the amount of water it takes to do them. Also most of the sinks need to be sealed (more than once) and that is quite expensive to have someone do it. You need to have protectors to protect the sink from heavy pans so that they won’t scratch which is easy to do. I would never build a house with one of these sinks. Please think about it before you install one.


  4. Kyle
    March 20, 2019 @ 10:50 am

    I’d love to add to the conversation and say your doubts of fireclay are well warranted. I’ve seen so many broken and cracked fireclay sinks. And like you mentioned they could be hard to install with the 2% tolerance.

    Now that being said. There are some important points I would like to add. All the broken fireclay sinks have been by subpar or untrustworthy brands ( if damaged in transit they are replaced). With the growth in popularity, there was a ton of manufactured fireclay sinks with poor practices cutting corners to bring down the price. As you said, they are expensive. (Shaw’s original with a price tag $1,000 + )

    It’s important to understand the brand and the process. It will mitigate the risk of poor quality and pooling from an uneven surface.

    Most quality fireclay comes from England, Turkey or Italy so keep that in mind. Choose a brand with a proven track record and good reviews. To see some more examples of quality fireclay farmhouse sinks you can look here https://www.annieandoak.com/collections/fireclay-farmhouse-sinks

    It is possible to find quality fireclay at a reasonable price. $550 – $750

    But as you well know, the cast iron sink is another great alternative for a white farmhouse sink. Still hard to install because it’s heavy!

    Thanks for letting me share my 2 cents!



  5. Franki
    March 26, 2020 @ 9:30 pm

    My kitchen remodel is in progress (or lack of progress) as I type. My Shaws 30 inch sink is sitting in the dining room waiting to be installed and you are scaring me. But I’m planning to build a privacy fence around it for protection so…problem solved. I discovered your blog when I was searching for photos of kitchens with no hoods because my contractor has informed me that hood ventilation is impossible where we are putting the cook top. I was only putting in a hood because it seemed to be an expectation. I,- like you, – HATE hoods. So while reading your post I thought you were just reading my mind while you typed. Except your post was very clever and funny which I’m not. Thanks for the out loud laughs. It was much needed during our “stay at home” with the saw dust punishment. I look forward to reading more of your entertaining posts.


  6. Nadia Mahanor
    April 29, 2020 @ 11:13 am

    For anyone who has Kohler cast iron sink, I highly recommend their ( Kohler brand) cast iron cleaner !!! I buy it right on Amazon


    • Melanie
      December 26, 2020 @ 3:46 pm

      Hi! Could you share your experience with the whitehaven? I see you like the cleaner they make but how is the sink for chipping and staining in general? Thanks!


  7. Melanie
    December 26, 2020 @ 3:44 pm

    Hi!! What did you end up thinking of that whitehaven once you had it for a while? I’m struggling with this decision myself now and could really use your honest feedback please. 🙏🏼😘


  8. Candace
    February 6, 2021 @ 12:40 pm

    Love your post! Any idea what the faucet is in the last picture with your sink and the blue cabinets? Thank you!


  9. Carolina Arey
    March 14, 2021 @ 4:20 pm

    Hi your sink looks beautiful! It looks like on the front there is “trim” not plain flat, but I don’t see that trim in the pictures on the site. Is it flat front or does it have trim (for lack of better word) Thank you!


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