In a world full of smart gadgets, smart appliances, and even smart utilities—plenty of older luxury home additions are losing their luster. One kitchen addition that has retained its place as a useful luxury add-on is the kitchen island prep sink.
It Takes Up Counter Space
A prep sink is significantly smaller than a traditional kitchen sink, but putting it on a kitchen island does take up some of that space. The smaller the island, the bigger the impact. It can remove some of the space for other forms of prep, but also for eating and entertaining space that you may want. It’s important to think about how big your kitchen island is (or will be) and determine if you really have the space to accommodate a kitchen island prep sink.
It Takes Up Storage Space
Sinks need pipes, and you might want to add a garbage disposal to your kitchen island prep sink since you will be working with food and you may want a simple way to dispose of food scraps. These utilities and additions will take up space below the sink, which can effectively shrink your under-island storage space. This is another instance where you should consider how big your island is and whether you can afford to lose this extra space to your prep sink.
The Cost Depends On Your Current Utilities
If you already have what you need in place, a kitchen island prep sink might only cost a few hundred dollars to install. If you do not have the utilities in place, however, the cost will be significantly higher and much less affordable. You will need to discuss your options with your contractor and a licensed plumber to determine how much installation will ultimately cost.
So, What Are the Benefits?
So, kitchen island prep sinks come with some cons that need to be addressed. This may make it seem like they’re just not worth it, but that isn’t the case for everyone. A kitchen island prep sink is excellent for saving time during prep, containing the mess of prep, and making it easier than ever to host gatherings and dinner parties where you’re preparing and serving a lot of food. While they’re certainly a more niche kitchen addition, they do serve an important purpose and can be incredibly useful in certain situations.
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