Adding value to one of the most important rooms in your home doesn’t have to be over-expensive. In fact, there are a number of cost-effective projects that will maximize your home’s presentation and appeal. As part of our continued series on cost-effective kitchen improvements, we’ve discussed the impact of cabinets, countertops and backsplashes. Now, let’s look at sinks and faucets:


A kitchen sink is a necessity, but it also can be the focal point. For this reason, the sink should always be in good shape. Take a look at your sink. Is it porcelain and badly stained? Is it stainless steel but dull and lifeless? Maybe it’s time to replace it.

Think about Size

To keep costs down, make sure your new sink has the same dimensions as the sink you are replacing.  The style can be different: for instance, you may want to replacing a large single sink with a double basin. However, the size and the location of the faucet and handles need to be the same. 

Know Your Options

While shopping at the home improvement store, take a look at the assortment of faucets as well. Since you are changing the sink, you may want to change the faucet, which will also change the look of the sink area. Faucets come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, and finishes, so look for something new, functional, and attractive. Just keep in mind that the holes in the countertop need to match those of the new sink. 

Faucets are used daily, so don’t be too frugal when choosing one. For this home improvement, think of the update as a lasting investment. Pick quality hardware and faucets.