I would rather have an under-mount sink with no rim. My husband told me to forget about it, because we can't change styles. Is this really true? Is it possible to change from a top-mount sink to an under-mount sink?
Q: My husband and I are in a disagreement over our kitchen sink. We recently moved into a new house with granite kitchen counters and a drop-in stainless-steel sink. We've been here for almost a year, and I would rather have an under-mount sink with no rim. He told me to forget about it, because we can't change styles. Is this really true? Is it possible to change from a top-mount sink to an under-mount sink?
--Linda, Rhode Island
A: I mention often that it's usually possible to do whatever you want when it comes to home improvement, but you have to consider if the result will be worth the cost of the project. In your case, this can be an expensive venture with not a lot of payback.
You have a top-mounted kitchen sink. Basically, that's a hole cut into the existing countertop, then you simply drop in the sink. An under-mount sink is usually installed before the counter is put into place. Then, the counter is placed on top of the sink and locks the sink into place.
However, the advantage you have with the drop-in style is that the sink can be removed fairly easily, and then you can install a new sink to the existing counter. It won't be an under-mount sink, but you can go with a new cast-iron sink that can be any color and configuration that you like.
This can be an affordable "counter offer" that you can present to your husband.
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