Custom Concrete Sink Choices
When deciding on a custom concrete sink, you have 3 main decisions to make and consider.
- Styles – Integrated/ Vessel
- Functionality – Floating/ Fixed cabinet or vanity/ Free Standing vanity-base
- Finish – Modern/ Rustic
When choosing a bathroom sink and or a countertop for your remodel project or new home build, there's an incredible amount of materials and finishes to choose from. But let's assume for the sake of this article you've already decide on concrete. That something about the natural beauty of concrete has drawn you in. You've seen an HGTV show, love the look or even the feel of it if you've had the fortune to already see, touch and feel finished artisan concrete somewhere. Or just love the idea of having something completely different and handcrafted. So you've scoured Pinterest for visual references, Googled info on artisan concrete and made the decision to search out a concrete artisan to help you go from vision to reality.
One of the first things you'll need to decide on is the style sink you want, the countertops material and the overall look. There's two main types to choose from, Integrated or Vessel. If you choose Integrated, the sinks basins are fabricated into the countertop to produce a seamless one piece work of art. If you choose Vessel, the sink basins are created in the desired form or shape and typically placed on a countertop of different, complementary material. Possibly wood, steel or glass to achieve the look you envision. The style sink can vary greatly. The most common styles are a ramp or trough. There's also round or pilled shaped as well as organic. The organic is a sink that's typically created using a process called fabric formed and is used to create free flowing natural styles more closely resembling nature.
A few other important design elements to decide on is the style drain and faucet. For a more modern look you can choose a slot drain for a sleek and fairly "invisible" plumbing look on the surface. Or a round drain that has a more traditional and visible strainer or pop –up drain assembly. Underneath the sink, depending on whether or not the plumbing is exposed, there's also a few possibilities. Plumbing can be an issue, so it's best to consult with your plumber, designer and concrete artisan to finalize design and plumbing materials. The style drain you choose can have an impact on the plumbing and or components needed. For exposed plumbing you can choose different finished such as brass or chrome. A traditional P-trap can be used as well as a European style bottle trap. Both have their practical uses depending on your needs.
Faucets again are based on the design look you want to achieve and possibly as well as the plumbing if you are remodeling. Deck mounted (countertop faucets) faucets are mounted on the countertop area either behind or possibly to the side of the sink. Wall mounted faucets are mounted on the wall (backsplash area) about 5-6" above the sink basin. If space is tight. A side mounted or wall mounted faucet will allow more flexibility as to the overall depth of the countertop as well as sink basin depth if space in your remodel is at a premium.
One of the major deciding factors on design is functionality as well as the overall design look and style. The three main considerations for functionality are a floating sink, cabinet or fixed mounted sink and a free standing sink. A floating sink can be mounted seemingly in midair using hidden wall brackets that are typically installed on the rough framing before drywall and or tile. Or it can be installed using some sort of ledger system in between 3 walls or a combination of the two systems if one side is exposed. If storage is needed a floating cabinet or shelf can also be added and secured in a similar fashion. For fixed vanities or cabinets the concrete countertop and or sinks are simply attached to the base provided. The base or cabinets are typically secured to the wall(s) and sit on the floor. The third option is a free standing base and top that doesn't require being secured to a wall but is often secured on the back just for stability.
The final major design decision is in the finish. Smooth, Rustic, Cracked and Chiseled like stone are just a few options. Concrete also doesn't have to be just a shade of gray. It can be any color you can imagine. Using white Portland based cement and colored pigments & liquids make Concrete color possibilities truly endless. You can choose a solid Ice White, Natural Cool Gray, Earth Tone Warm Gray, Charcoal or even a Pastel Blue. Finishes (sealers and their sheen) range from a Matte to Full Gloss to somewhere in between.
For a more modern look and feel you might choose a smooth concrete in a more uniform color with a glossy finish. If you want a sink for your Adirondack home or cabin you might choose a cracked stone look or even a brown concrete sink in matte that looks like a tree log. For that new or old farmhouse a chunky concrete sink in warm gray with a matte finish and a free standing wood base would be right at home. Or maybe, if you want some artistic flair or a pop of color you could choose a pastel pink or yellow in a semi-gloss finish for that art studio or office. A concrete sink with exposed aggregate and splotchy drip marks and a powder coated steel base would be an amazing addition to any loft apartment home. Whatever the look you envision, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination.
Whatever the look you envision, the possibilities are only limited to your imagination. Keep in mind that no matter what style and or finish you choose, being handcrafted from natural materials, concrete is always honest and sincere. It will have "flaws" and "perfect" imperfections, color variations and texture. But at the same time, each piece will be unique and confident in itself, providing YOU, the owner, with an heirloom piece of functional art that will inspire conversation and a gratify sense of self pride.