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Old 07-26-2006, 09:39 AM   #1
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One sink, two sinks, red sink, blue sink?

Looking for advice on kitchen sink configurations. We will need to replace the counter in out new Argosy 24 so... we will replace the double bowl sinks as well. This looks like a prime oppertunity to reclaim some counter space.

What works and why?
Double bowl?
Single bowl, round, oval or.... ?

What do you have, do you like it or not?
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:12 AM   #2
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We have had the standard double sinks for years. We like that one sink can hold the washed dishes while they drain. When we had a single sink we were chasing water all over. Sink covers let you regain your counter space or have the option of using only a single sink. None of the pots we carry are too large for the sink. If a pot were too large I would wash it on the counter filling it with the sprayer and rinsing over the sink. We use the sprayer in the shower for rinsing buckets or water hoses. The single round sinks look very sharp but we have never had one. Our fold down camper had a single sink and we had to have a dish drainer and mat. When we order hot food to go for later while towing I put the containers in the sinks to cool before putting in the fridge. If I have something I am not sure where to stow or want it isolated I wrap it and put in the sink. In winter while dry camping we can use a plastic dish pan readily available in standard size as a liner for the sink to fill and empty. Twin sinks also work well for tranferring wet garments to the "holding" sink.

If I were replacing the counter I would have the stove cover, sink covers, and counter flush installed to make an additional work space for non-galley usage and spacious appearance.
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Old 07-26-2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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I took out my double sink and thought a single would be better. But the one I originally bought was soooo small, I ended up taking it back (to home depot). Their selection only gave me two choices in stainless... so I waited and while travelling went to a Home Depot Expo... and got the sink of my dreams... a polished round stainless sink. It's big, so I can wash and stack. I'm used to a single sink at home. I have a farmhouse sink and really prefer it over a double.

I like the idea of mounting the stove with the cover flush with the counter. I'm hoping to get my kids washing dishes outside the old fashioned way and not messing up my new kitchen anyway !
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Janet,
Cheryl tells me the round deep sink is the best way to go. We've had them in our 22' & 28'. We've never had to chase water all over....yet! You need one with the lid cover, which doubles as a cutting board, gives you more counter space, and covers up dirty whatevers you've stowed for later cleaning.

If you want to conserve water.....you can place a plastic bucket or tray in the sink. The downside is it's deeper, so it takes up the under counter space, which restricts the size of the trash can.

BTW, congrats on your new purchase!! Can't wait to see it! So is this an interim TT to your ultimate goal of getting a 25' FB SE?....... or did you just want to try a rear door first to see how you like it?
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Our sinks.

Decided to keep the original double, cuz the wife liked it. I did build some new covers to increase counter space when not in use. The covers have a solid maple cutting board I built on the underside. I also built a small section of counter top that flips down when not in use (like the original) Still looking for a stovetop cover, will most likely just build one.
If you decide to build new custom laminate countertops, I can walk you through the process of making your own. They really are not difficult to do, however you will need a few power tools. There are so many laminate choices today! Here's some pix of the covers I built. --dave
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If you're going to redo the galley (doesn't look like it needed it) I'd for sure keep the space between the stove and sink. It'd be a lot of work because of the outside access but if you're willing to go that far I'd move the fridge to where the stove is and put in a taller one with a separate freezer.

I think double sink is the way to go so one can be clutter, dirty, rinse, whatever. You might take a look at someplace that does resale of used restaurant equipment and see if you can find a sink with a stainless steel drain attached. These used to be more common for residential use but I guess they dissappeared with the wide spread use of dishwashers. We have one at the family cabin; not only are they great for drying and containing the water when washing but you can set hot pots and pans down without worry of melting the countertop. Also great for cleaning up greasy bicycle parts

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Janet, It does not look like there's much you can do for more counterspace, but why would you? It look s spacious to me, plus, you can get a stove topper and use that space as well. Right behind you have the long table, which can serve as additional cpounterspace if you really need it.
Great catch, btw. I hope it's as nice underneath as it is up top.
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Decided to keep the original double, cuz the wife liked it. I did build some new covers to increase counter space when not in use. The covers have a solid maple cutting board I built on the underside. I also built a small section of counter top that flips down when not in use (like the original) Still looking for a stovetop cover, will most likely just build one.
If you decide to build new custom laminate countertops, I can walk you through the process of making your own. They really are not difficult to do, however you will need a few power tools. There are so many laminate choices today! Here's some pix of the covers I built. --dave
Dave, I've wanted to build sink covers to match my counter, or come close to the color, just like you have. What type of laminate did you use, where did you get your supply and what thickness? I wonder how small of a piece you could buy or if you have to buy at least a 4'X8' sheet? Could you attach a picture of the underside of your sink covers and what type of adhesive did you attach the wood to the laminate? This is one project I want to do soon.
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