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One of the most enjoyable parts of home remodeling can be choosing fixtures and fittings, which may include a round basin for the bathroom. There are several kinds, and you should decide which one fits your vanity, your lifestyle and your décor. You’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of faucets and hardware to go with your new sink as well. If you’ve decided on a simple model and are handy around the house, you may even save some money by installing it yourself.
Your first step will be to decide between a freestanding vessel, under-counter, or a pedestal sink. A vanity top with a round hole can take an under-counter model, mounted under the surface like a kitchen sink, or a drop-in self-rimming basin with a rolled edge. Most standard pedestal sinks are elliptical or a half-round with a flat back so they don’t stick out so far from the wall, thus saving space in a smaller bath. Their biggest disadvantage is a lack of storage under the sink.
Another alternative to the vanity sink is a round basin that is a freestanding vessel. It resembles a large bowl sitting on top of the counter, but is hooked into the drain system like a regular sink. Attractive and modern, a vessel may be fashioned of clay, stone, glass, china or even metal. Vessels may be the most expensive option.
After you’ve decided on your installation, the décor will help to determine your choice of color. Basic drop-in or under-counter styles are usually white porcelain, in standard sizes. Many people like plain white for cost savings, versatility in decorating and resale value. In an ultra-modern bath, a stainless steel round basin like that found in bar sinks are an unusual and striking choice.
By the time your round basin is installed, you should have chosen a faucet for it. Most round basin types have holes suitable for a standard 4-inch (10.2 cm) center faucet set with a spout and two separate handles. This is the most widely seen kind of bathroom faucet. Vessels will need a longer spout in order to clear the edge of the bowl. There are wall-mounted options available that work well with these.
Installation can be performed by a qualified contractor or plumber. Alternately, if you are merely replacing an existing round basin and are handy with a pipe wrench, you can often do it yourself. The under-counter sink may be tricky but a self-rimming drop-in will only need a little caulk and perhaps a helper. There are numerous online tutorials, and your library may have home improvement books that can help you.
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