Drop In Replacement Copper Sinks: Top Mount - Retrofit Copper Sinks
The most common request we receive is as follows:
"I have an existing double or triple bowl sink that I hate. Is it possible to replace my sink without changing out my countertops?" The answer is YES! Most "off the shelf sinks are 33"X22, 43"X22 or 48"X22. That being said, we can replace all sink sizes. We replace at least three sinks a week and have been doing so since 1999. The results are stunning! If you would like to see how I designed a sink to solve a cracked granite countertop...
There are two solutions. The most cost effective solution is to replace the existing sink with a custom self rimming (top mount) sink.
I have had customers select a top mount sink in new construction for two reasons. 1. They like more of the copper showing. 2. There is no way to chip the edge of the granite around the sink. If you have an under mount sink, check the edge around your sink. There is a good chance there are chips! I am designing a top mount sink in our new home for this reason!
Take a look at the before and after photos to the left.This project took just a few hours from removing the sink to installing the new sink. I have found that most people object to a top mount sink until they hear the benefits of my design. The interior ledges of our workstation sink allow all food preparation to be done within the confines of the sink. You will never have to wipe anything from the counter top to the sink. This handsome design spells luxury - unlike the typical top mount home center sink.
(Below left - after photo) This was one of the most dimension critical projects we have done in a while. The back of the sink had to touch the back splash of the countertop while fitting perfectly in the sink cutout. As you can see, the sink fit perfectly.
The second option is for us to build a custom under mount sink in the shape of your existing opening. That option is very expensive and frankly, is no where near as functional to use as our rectangular workstation sink. I can only build a duplicate sink in copper... and think of this, you will be spending good money to duplicate an outdated sink! That's like spending $1500 to purchase a flip phone.
Below find the email that came along with the "after" photos: By the way, the cost of cutting the granite on site was only about $200 according to Dave.
"Dino, Soon after we built our house we realized that the kitchen sink design was flawed. We had an under-mounted double bowl stainless sink. The smaller bowl contained the disposal and was the primary working site. It was totally inadequate. It could barely accommodate a plate much less a pan or pot. So began the search for a replacement. Over the course of the next 6 years we exhaustively searched for a solution. We discussed trying to create a custom single bowl stainless to fit the exact template of the double bowl but no stainless manufacture was willing to guarantee a reasonable fit. The original manufacturer did not have a pre-fabricated single bowl under-mount that would exactly fit the granite cut out. The only option we were left with was to remove and replace the entire granite counter top which was unthinkable.
Well that was until we stumbled across Dino's website. I couldn't believe what I was reading. A real solution to our problem. He could fabricate a sink to our specifications. And ever better it could be made of beautiful copper. And we would not have to replace our granite counter tops. I was elated. Needless to say it sounded to good to be true. I figured it was one of those internet scams. I would send money and be left looking like an idiot with nothing to show for the money I spent aside from embarrassment. But the more I investigated his site the less weary I became. I finally took the plunge and picked up the phone to make the call from the Midwest to the East coast and see if it was the real deal.From that point forward it was nothing but shear excitement. Dino was the consummate professional. It was obvious he knew what he was talking about. I sent him some pictures and from there he guided me through the process. He directed me to get specific measurements and in no time he created a proposal and bid. It far exceeded our expectations.
Dino constantly checked in with us. He gave me his email and cell phone number. He helped us decide on faucets and accessories. He finished manufacturing our sink ahead of schedule. We received the faucets ahead of schedule. He packed the sink so securely that I really don't think it could have been damaged. After that, the granite guy's arrived and removed the old sink, cut out the new template and installed our enormous beautiful copper sink. Next the plumber came in and finished the install and we were only without a sink for a day!
Check out our copper top mount sinks. They are quite different than all others...
We also make copper sinks that are designed to sit on the countertop. This one features a flange which we turned down 5/16" so the sink sits proud of the countertop.
This large sink features the same 3/8" turn down all around the flange. It also has a deck on the back to support the faucet, soap dispenser, and filtered water faucet. Photo taken prior to patination.
This is one of my patented designs for retrofitting a drop in sink while keeping existing counter top and without cutting the sink cabinet. Use your existing cabinet. Simply remove the false drawer head(s). There is a channel behind the apron that slips over the cabinet. Very simple installation.
This is one of our flat flange drop in sinks. Simply order an under mount sink and ask us to grind down the welds and finish the flange for top mounting. There is a $50 fee to do so.
The Next Generation in Sink Design - NexGen
Wonder why we hardly sell double bowl sinks?