We refer to our sinks as the “Sexy-gorgeous sinks”, or SGS’s. Just look at them. The two custom-designed Elkay sinks stand side by side, distinctly separate and unified by their shared space. They are us. Each functions perfectly well all by itself; each has it’s own lovely faucet and drain. But together, these sinks are even better.
They are wide, flat-bottomed (I hope we are not like the sinks in all ways) and deep enough to hide pots during parties, but we can leave one free for rinsing, hand washing and draining. We can simultaneously wash pounds of tender leafy greens covered in soil, and scour baked-on cheese from an oversized pan.They are not so deep that we have to reach far down to scrub. Yes, having a sink at exactly the right depth makes clean-up easier and faster. On an ordinary day, we have one sink for prep and one for cleaning. Or, we can power through the massive cleanup from one of our big parties together, and get it done twice as fast.
And speaking of clean-up, when we were designing our SGSs, the folks at Elkay taught us the importance of the corner radius– that’s how sharp or rounded the bottom corners are. If they are too sharp, you can’t get in there to clean. If they are too round, you get a very different look and feel. Our sinks have a 15mm or 5/8″ radius, and we think it is Goldilocks “just right”.
We thought long and hard about our sinks. We didn’t want two sinks in two different locations. Just as we work side-by-side at our island for prep, we stand at our custom-designed Elkay sinks, and we look out our double window to the vegetable garden, and we are happy to be in the kitchen together.
Please note: We partnered with many companies, including Elkay, to produce our dream kitchen, and received goods and services along the way. We chose to work with products that meet our standards for quality, durability, functionality and good looks– and that we are happy to live with for the next 20 years.
Want to read more about our renovation? It’s in the September issue of Rachael Ray Every Day and there’s more in-depth information in the posts below: