Both components should work with each other aesthetically, not against each other.

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Q: We are changing our kitchen counters, and that means I can order any type of kitchen sink and faucet I like, as long as we stay in budget. I want to make the perfect design choice. Can you give me your favorite tip when ordering a new kitchen sink and faucet?

A: Happy you brought up this topic, because many homeowners look at installing a new kitchen sink and a new kitchen faucet as two different projects.

When ordering a new sink and faucet, you want both components to work with each other aesthetically, not against each other. This applies to style, function and the correct number of faucet holes in the sink.

For instance, single-handle pullout spray faucets without a soap dispenser can usually be installed on one-hole sinks. Two-handle kitchen faucets with a side spray usually need four sink holes. These are just a couple of installation examples.

Bottom line: For a custom-design look, don’t overlook the importance of ordering the correct number of faucet holes needed for your perfect kitchen sink and faucet combo.

Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.