The bar sink has evolved from a kitchen work station into a staging area for food and beverages as well.

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Q: I’m planning an extensive kitchen remodel. I want a kitchen island with a bar sink and plan to include this feature with our new kitchen. What bar sink features can you suggest to help me find my perfect island sink?

A: With kitchen island sinks, I can tell you that the good old-fashioned bar sink has basically evolved into a staging area for food and beverages rather than an actual work station.

With this in mind, I suggest you think of your island sink as a focal point in your kitchen, and you take advantage of new bar sink design features.

Three categories to explore:

Material choice. Cast iron and acrylic are popular material options, as well as stainless steel.

Shape and mounting. Undermount bar sinks with rounded shapes can make a dramatic visual statement.

Faucet and accessories. High-end faucets and custom cutting boards will help keep your new island sink on the cutting edge of the latest design trends.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit