One basin for prep work, the other for washing.

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Q: I’m planning to remodel our small kitchen. We were hoping to include a kitchen island, but that’s not possible. My issue is that we wanted to have a prep sink in the island with a garbage disposer and a larger single bowl kitchen sink in the counter. By the way, we’re short on counter space as well. Any clever ideas on how we can still have both sinks?

A: One type of kitchen sink comes to mind. You can look into getting one kitchen sink that does two jobs.

These special kitchen sinks are often called disposer-bowl kitchen sinks. While available in standard sizes, it’s not your typical double-bowl kitchen sink.

Standard double-bowl sinks have two bowls that evenly divide the sink. With the disposer-bowl style, there is one very small bowl that is not as deep as a regular sink bowl, and it works like a prep sink. The second bowl is much larger and deeper than the disposer side, and it works like a single-bowl sink for washing and soaking big items.

These sinks are available in different materials and styles, and I think this this clever kitchen-sink idea just might bowl you over.

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