4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Posted by & filed under Blog.

With hundreds of premanufactured sink choices available as well as endless custom options, knowing which kitchen sink to choose from can be challenging. Here are options to consider when choosing a kitchen sink.

What are your sink options?

Choose a sink that will work well for your needs and withstand years of daily use.

Size & Shape

The size of the countertop and your sink’s use will determine the size of the sink that you need. Typically, you have three options.

1. Single Basin 

Single basins are perfect for oversized pots and larger dishes.

2. Double Basin

Double basins provide room for separate tasks, such as washing and rinsing dishes. The basins can be the same sized, or you can have one bigger and one smaller.

3. Triple Basin

Triple bowl sinks are ideal for prep work. You often have a smaller basin between two larger ones.

Installation Type

The type of countertop you choose will often determine your sink’s installation type, but you do have options.

1. Drop-In Sinks

Drop-ins are one of the most common and popular types of sinks. This is also called a top mount sink.

2. Farmhouse Sinks

This type of sink has an apron font where the sink replaces the front edge of the countertop.

3. Flush-mount Sink

These are drop-in sinks that have been inset so that they are level with the countertop.

4. Integrated Sinks

An integrated sink is molded and part of the countertop.

5. Undermount Sinks

This type of sink is ideal for granite counters.

6. Bar Sinks

This is a much smaller sink and is installed in secondary spaces such as kitchen islands.

Material & Finish

The material and finish of your kitchen sink depend on style preferences and use. How you clean your sink will be determined by the material you choose.

1. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is durable, scratch-resistant, and modern-looking. There are special stainless steel cleaners designed to keep the sink bright and remove water stops.

2. Copper

Copper is anti-microbial, making it easy to clean. The copper patinas over time, so when choosing copper, know that there will be more upkeep than with other materials.

3. Granite Composite

Granite is non-porous and durable. It resists scratches and chipping and is easy to clean.

4. Cast Iron

Cast iron sinks have a glossy porcelain finish and come in multiple colors. They can withstand high heat but may scratch over time.

5. Fireclay

Fireclay comes in multiple colors, similar to cast iron/porcelain sinks. They are durable and non-porous for easy cleaning.

Drain Placement

Another decision you will need to make when selecting your kitchen sink is drain placement. Generally, there are three options available.

1. Off-Center

An off-center drain is placed at the right or left of the sink basin and gives you more space under the cabinet. That space can be used for taller kitchen items or for a filtration system if one is desired.

2. Centered

Center drains are the most common type of drain and allow water to drain faster. A centered drain aligns with the center faucet and makes plumbing repairs easier because of accessibility to the pipes.

3. Rear Drain

The installation of a rear drain can be tricky, but they allow lots of room under the cabinet, and pans won’t blow the drain. Food prep is easier because you have more space in the basin.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities to Become a Public Foundation

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: The Ellis Family

 

This year’s featured family for the 15th Annual Caruso Family Charities Golf Tournament was the Aliveara Ellis family. Aliveara is a single mother to three kids, Joe (15), Jessiah (11), and Ak’ya (9). This family’s story is like nothing you have ever heard before and will give you a glimpse into the lives of the families we serve and the struggles they face every single day.

One day, Aliveara noticed that her son Joe wasn’t able to use his body the same way he had in the past. Aliveara took him to the doctor, and they discovered he had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease. Duchenne causes the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time and is eventually fatal. Duchenne is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents the body from producing dystrophin, which muscles need to work properly. Without dystrophin, muscle cells become damaged and weaken. Over time, children with Duchenne will develop problems walking and breathing, and eventually, the muscles that help them breathe and the heart will stop working. Unbeknownst to Aliveara, she is a carrier for the gene and passed this gene down to her children. It will eventually affect all of their lives in some way or another.

Aliveara is a single mother and is unable to work because of the 24-hour care the kids need. She has dedicated her life to caring for her children and is an incredible mother. The Ellis family lived in a three-story apartment building where Aliveara had to carry her two boys up and down the stairs every day. Aliveara doesn’t have a car, so she leaves the kids at home, takes the bus to the grocery store or to run errands, and comes home to continue caring for her kids. The family is homebound and doesn’t get to do a lot or go anywhere because it is simply too tricky. With the help of Caruso Family Charities, we were able to get them into a living situation without stairs to alleviate some of the physical pressure from Aliveara. While their living condition still isn’t perfect, it is better than what it was. Caruso Family Charities is dedicated to giving this family a better quality of life and is working our hardest to find them the perfect place to live. After their current year lease is up, with the help of the money raised through our golf tournament, we will be finding them a more comfortable and suitable home for their lifestyle and hope to make an impact they will never forget. This family struggles day in and day out, yet you never hear them complain about a thing. We must count our blessings each day and remember that no matter how bad things can get, there is always someone who has it worse. We have found that this is something Caruso Family Charities donors seem to understand, and we believe it allows this small non-profit to flourish and impact those in need in ways we could have never imagined. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. YOU are making an impact!

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

What’s the Difference Between Working with an Architect or a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer?

Posted by & filed under Blog.

There is a big difference between architects and designers. Architects are concerned with the structure, ensuring the building is up to the required codes. Designers advise on interior elements, like the flow of spaces, style, and material selection, while using their skills to add aesthetic value.

When remodeling a kitchen, it is best to work with a designer, even if you are working with an architect. Even better is if you can hire a certified kitchen and bath designer.

What’s the difference between an interior designer and a certified kitchen and bath designer?

An interior designer works with many parts of the home and follows a theme, whereas a kitchen designer focuses on the cabinetry and function of the kitchen. A kitchen designer is like a specialist and will have in-depth knowledge and experience with the different aspects of a kitchen’s design.

What does a kitchen designer do?

A kitchen designer advises you on styles, materials, and colors and helps you with operational decisions, physical restrictions, and spatial challenges. A kitchen designer will help you create a kitchen that works for you and looks beautiful.

They will first design a kitchen layout that best serves the client and their space. They will then determine the best styles and materials to fit this layout.

Do I need a kitchen designer?

Cabinetry companies rarely sell cabinetry directly to the consumer, and therefore you will need a designer to be involved in your new kitchen.

Plus, there are additional benefits to hiring a certified kitchen designer.

  • A kitchen designer can advise on current kitchen decorating trends and help you incorporate them into your home seamlessly.
  • They help you maximize the use and function of space, improving your quality of life.
  • A designer’s professional connections can save you time, frustration, and money.

Oftentimes an architect will work with designers and vice versa. If you are building or renovating your kitchen and incorporating custom elements like cabinets, then bringing in a kitchen designer is a must. They will bring your style and function to your kitchen and their knowledge and expertise will make sure that you get the function and value you want.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Posted by & filed under Kitchen Design, News.

Design by

Erin Sweenie

Cabinetry

Eclipse Cabinetry

Photography

Kyle Jameson Photography

 


Click the images below to view the gallery


Filter Gallery
All
(
items)
Kitchen
(
items)
Bathroom
(
items)
Basement
(
items)
Entertainment Centers
(
items)
Laundry Room
(
items)
Other
(
items)

Posted by & filed under Kitchen Design, News.

Sharp Kitchen

Design by

Erin Sweenie

Cabinetry

Eclipse Cabinetry

 


Click the images below to view the gallery


Filter Gallery
All
(
items)
Kitchen
(
items)
Bathroom
(
items)
Basement
(
items)
Entertainment Centers
(
items)
Laundry Room
(
items)
Other
(
items)

Posted by & filed under Kitchen Design, News.

Westminster Spec Home

Design by

Erin Sweenie

Cabinetry

Eclipse Cabinetry

 


Click the images below to view the gallery


Posted by & filed under Kitchen Design, News.

5 Points Bungalow

Design by

Erin Sweenie

Cabinetry

Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Photographer

Kyle Jameson Photography

 


Click the images below to view the gallery


Filter Gallery
All
(
items)
Kitchen
(
items)
Bathroom
(
items)
Basement
(
items)
Entertainment Centers
(
items)
Laundry Room
(
items)
Other
(
items)

Featured Story: Ammar Ndibasa

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

2-year-old Ammar Ndibasa was diagnosed with infantile hepatic hemangioma, a tumor on the liver. Ammar did not respond well to treatment and was referred to Children’s Hospital Colorado for further treatment and a possible liver transplant. Ammar’s mother Margaret is his sole support and has had to take off from work to be at her son’s bedside. Caruso Family Charities was able to provide financial assistance to Margaret to help pay her monthly rent while Ammar was undergoing treatment for the tumor on his liver. Sadly, Ammar succumbed to this disease before a transplant could be arranged. Everyone at Caruso Family Charities extends their sincere condolences to Margaret Ndibasa on the passing of her son, Ammar.

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

The Top 7 Questions to Ask Kitchen Contractors About Remodeling

Posted by & filed under Blog.

When it comes to home improvement projects, kitchen renovations provide you with some of the highest returns on your investment. An updated kitchen ranks high on the list of items that a prospective buyer looks for and carries a high value for your home’s resale.

Apart from that, a kitchen renovation can improve the usability and comfort of your kitchen space.

Because of its importance, both for your daily living needs, and home value, choosing the right contractor for your kitchen renovation is very important. To make sure you are getting the best work possible, here are 7 questions to ask when vetting prospective kitchen contractors.

7 Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Contractor

1. Are you licensed and insured?

Ask if the contractor has a business license and insurance. Homeowner’s insurance may not cover damage to your home by a contractor. Request a copy of their insurance certificate and clarify if they will be subcontracting the work and if the subcontractors are insured.

2. Do you have a portfolio of work?

Most kitchen contractors will have a portfolio of past projects. By asking to see their portfolio, you can get a feel for the quality of work that they do. Remember, most portfolios contain what the contractor considers to be their “best” stuff.

3. Will you be subcontracting any of the work?

When you hire someone for a kitchen renovation, you naturally assume that they will be the one doing the work, but that is not always the case. For instance, if in the process of renovating the kitchen, electrical outlets may need to be moved and an electrician may need to be called in. Ask ahead of time if there will be a need for subcontractors.

4. Is your bid an estimate or a fixed price?

Don’t get blindsided by additional costs. Know ahead of time if the quote you are given is all-inclusive or if additional charges could be accrued. Oftentimes, a kitchen renovation bid is fixed with a caveat for damage or issues behind the walls or floors that cannot be seen until renovation starts.

5. What are my financing options?

Some kitchen remodelers offer financing options or can connect you with financing sources. Ask if they require an up-front deposit and what the payment schedule will be for the balance.

6. How long does a kitchen remodel take?

A kitchen renovation will disrupt your day-to-day life, but a contractor should be able to give you a timeline so you can plan. Ask how frequently they will work on your project and how long they think the remodel will take.

7. Are there any warranties or guarantees?

You can ask a contractor if they offer any type of warranty or guarantee. If they do, make sure to clarify if the warranty is all-inclusive or only covers the cost of materials. You will also want to know how long the warranty lasts and the process for filing a claim.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: Afterburn Family

Posted by & filed under Caruso Family Charities.

After losing his wife to breast cancer in 2009, Donovan Arterburn became the main caregiver for his three youngest daughters diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuromuscular disorder. Two of his daughters, Bellamy, 18 and Savannah, 17 live with him. Skylar, Savannah’s twin sister lives with her aunt and her sister Madison, 20, who take care of her in a separate home, as there is not enough room in Donovan’s small apartment to accommodate everyone.

The disease first made its appearance when the girls were six and has progressed to the point where they are now in wheelchairs. There are several side effects, including scoliosis. Donovan explained, “All three of my girls affected with this disease have had spinal fusion surgeries. Their backs were becoming hunched and it was affecting their circulatory and digestive systems.”

Savannah suffered problems with her digestive system and Bellamy had heart and breathing problems. She still has severe concentric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Their doctor advised that their life expectancy ranges between 20 to 25 years of age. “They are very intelligent, beautiful well-mannered, wonderful children. I love them very muc,” added Donovan.

As his 600 sf apartment is not handicap accessible, Donovan leaves their wheelchairs in his car because they don’t fit through the hallways. Whenever they have a medical appointment or Savannah goes to school, he has to physically carry his daughters out to his car and then put them in their wheelchairs. This also involves taking Savannah and her wheelchair to the bus stop to get a ride to the Denver School of Arts where she is studying stagecraft and design. Bellamy is enrolled in college where she is studying behavioral science in an online program through Red Rocks Community College.

Caruso Family Charities was contacted when Donovan’s car required major repairs and had been deemed unsafe to drive. This was a major concern for Donovan, as he didn’t have thousands of dollars to pay for the necessary repairs.

Generous supporters of Caruso Family Charities came to the rescue of the Arterburn family, donating funds to purchase an SUV for them. Through other gracious friends of CFC, Jerry was also able to locate a nearly new Ford Excursion that could accommodate the entire family including the three wheelchairs.

When presented with keys to the SUV, Donovan thanked Jerry, saying, “We’re so very appreciative and feel so very fortunate to have been introduced to Caruso Family Charities. They are a wonderful, wonderful group of people. Jerry is an amazing person. He’s easy to fall in love with.”

Jerry said, “We couldn’t do our good work without the generosity of our donors and are so thankful for everyone’s donations on behalf of the Arterburn family as well as the many other families who need our help.”