Your kitchen is the busiest room in the house with most of the action taking place in and around your kitchen sink. Because your kitchen sink is so vital, choosing the perfect piece can feel a bit overwhelming. From contemporary kitchens to rustic ones, farmhouse sinks add beauty and functionality to any kitchen, but then that begs the question: Which is a better farmhouse sink material; fireclay or cast iron?
How Fireclay and Cast Iron Sinks are Made
While fireclay and cast iron farmhouse sinks look similar, they are made in vastly different ways. Fireclay sinks are handmade from clay and heated to extremely high temperatures, which causes the clay and glaze to fuse together. Cast iron farmhouse sinks are sturdy and rigid, built from cast iron and powder coated with enamel. The difference in their creation leads to their biggest pros and cons.
Durability of Fireclay vs. Cast Iron Sinks
Both sink materials are durable, but you need to consider how your sink will perform up against other elements in your kitchen like dishes and pots and pans. Fireclay farmhouse sinks chip easier than cast iron sinks and are more likely to crack. Pots and pans are constantly getting thrown into sinks, which means farmhouse sinks need to be able to handle heavy usage. However, since the glaze and clay are fused together, if this sink does chip, the color remains white, so there isn’t much aesthetic damage. Fireclay sinks have also been known to crack when their flanges are tightened too much, so be careful. One small mistake during installation and your sink could be ruined before you even have the chance to use it.
Kitchen Remodeling – The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home since is also functions a the "new living room". Whatever kitchens lack in terms of curb appeal, a remodeling project that adds function, ergonomics and beauty can make up for it tenfold. Minor kitchen remodeling, when done by a skilled kitchen renovation company can add more value than a full-blown remodel; the Cost vs Value Report lists up to 87% recoupable value in just a minor kitchen remodel. Remodeling data from the Midwest part of the country found that as a rule of thumb, $40,000 is what you might find for a basic small kitchen remodel. You can expect around $60,000 to $80,000 for the majority of kitchen remodels that are using professional design services, layout changes, solid surfaces, new lighting configuration, nice cabinets/appliances." In Southern California expect an increase of approximately 10% to 15%
Bath Remodeling - The bathroom is another prime place for renovations . Cost vary greatly depending on what the materials and features desired. A mid-range bath when done by a skilled renovation company will add great value and a recoupable return invest of approximately 78%. A small to average size bathroom renovation investment can range from 18,000 to 35,000. Why the broad range? Well, location, materials, cost of labor and project scope play into it. Master Bathrooms will typically range 45,000 - 80,000 + and upwards dependent on size, location, addition of square footage, materials, specialty features and function.
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