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“Certainly some are more knowledgeable than
others,” says dea’s Heir. “With the age of the Internet,
anybody can research anything they want, and a lot do.”
“I think clients are sink-conscious mostly when a
project requires a specialty sink,” adds DeWitt’s
She adds that she had one job where she and her
client designed a sloped granite sink to fit in an excep-
tionally long and narrow space. In another case, a bache-
lor client fell in love with a particular curvy sink and
wanted it incorporated in his dining table.
“The sink became the surprise of the dining area,”
Katsioula-Beall says.
“We have clients who are familiar with just the
cast-iron sinks, and they’re surprised by the variety out
there,” says Ward’s Anderson. “Others have done
research and are familiar with most of what’s out there.
“My job is to assess their needs and find out how
they use a sink and make recommendations I think will
work for them.”
These designers are also generally pretty excited by
what they see as future trends in the sink market.
“I keep going back to the Silgranit, but I’m a big fan
of those,” says dea’s Heir. “There are so many options
out there, in so many cool shapes and with things built
into them like cutting boards and drain baskets. It’s no
wonder they’re becoming pretty popular.”
Despite the need for special customers and plenty of
Stainless steel has already made its mark in the kitchen; it’s now being found
in more bathrooms and powder rooms, as with this sloped model. (Photo
courtesy Lori Carroll and Associates).
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