Configuring space for your new kitchen sink is one of the most-important chores when you begin a remodeling project. If you measure wrong, you may not only have to start over, you could find yourself cutting countertops to fit--and that can be costly. What begins as a project to add one kitchen element turns into a sprawling monster that eats up your budget.
I found a good guide at Overstock, which takes you through the basic steps to getting your measurements right. Of course, this assumes that you have already found a kitchen sink that's right for you.
The Best Sink Location in Remodeling the Kitchen
Some sink models (fortunately) come with manufacturer's templates. If you don't have one, then you have to make your own. Round up paper and masking tape to temporarily attach it to the countertop.
Overstock recommends that you locate the sink where it belongs--with ample space that won't block your work flow. Be sure to mask the countertop with tape to protect it when you're making your measurements. Lay down paper and find the exact center measure for the new sink. The center has to align with the countertops, so don't assume the center is where your drain is.
Measure from the lip of the sink to the countertop and add an inch. Measure front-to-back and include the depth. If you have the sink, turn it upside down and lay it on your paper to trace out the sink. Don't let the paper move while you're drawing out the template or you'll regret it.
I should remind you of the obvious--before removing the old sink, be sure to turn off the water supply! Remove the handles and faucet and lift the old sink out.
Measuring Out the Kitchen
Perhaps you need to measure the entire kitchen to account for more than the sink. Are you installing new counters and cabinets? Are you planning on relocating the sink entirely? If you're creating a sketch for the entire kitchen, you need to account for plumbing and electrical before shopping. That means creating a sketch with water supply, drains, outlets, lighting fixtures, gas supply, heat registers, and 220-volt supply for appliances.
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