|Do you see that white glow between the sink and the countertop? That's the warp being back-lit by a flashlight shining in the cupboard underneath. It was a substantial gap.|
|Here's a photo from my original post on this subject. By "substantial gap", I mean half a centimeter! We couldn't make this thing sit flush with the top of the counter and so the best we could do was try to stuff this gap with silicone caulk.|
Six weeks ago, I wasn't really sure if we were going to replace this danged thing or not. I had always intended to have a good top-mount sink here - but I wanted a modern sink, a square one, rather than the traditional curvy thing the builder installed. But the problem with modern-style sinks is that most of them are hellaciously expensive. This Vigo model was $419.40 on Overstock as of the date of this post. This Blanco was $821.25, and this Houzer was $909.55. I wanted a decent sink, but I didn't know if I wanted it badly enough to pay that much partly for style.
Then we found this one which is apparently sold exclusively through Home Depot.
|Elkay Signature Plus Universal Stainless Steel 33x22x8 4-Hole Double Bowl Kitchen Sink in Satin, written out for the sake of the search engines. Screengrabbed from this Home Depot site.|
|For the geographically-challenged, that's about 50 miles southwest of League City.|
Screengrabbed from Googlemaps.
Angleton, you might be starting to crack a wide grin right about now as you connect the anecdotal dots on this one.
Perhaps this is just a coincidence, but why might this particular sink model have sold out everywhere in greater Houston except Lake Jackson?
Why in that one place would such a modern style of sink have experienced so little demand that the stock sat on the shelf and collected dust for about a year before this one intrepid blogger bought it?
Might it have anything to do with the fact that south Brazoria County is arguably the most conservative enclave in greater Houston, where both moral values and personal tastes tend to run fiercely traditional rather than modern? It was, afterall, the exact area that gave rise to Ron Paul (if you stood in the parking lot of the Lake Jackson Home Depot, you could almost hit his former Congressional office with a rock).
Maybe it's just a coincidence - we'll never know. But I find it fascinating. I almost felt like I was re-balancing the universe by purchasing this sink down there. Spiriting a functional incongruity out of that environment and taking it up to north Galveston County where it more rightfully belonged.
Anyway, amusing anecdote thus explained, here's our install and its aftermath:
|There's my husband removing the world's largest silicone snotsickle remaining from our attempts to plug the gap under the original sink.|
|Do you see how much ROOM is in that BASIN?!|
A few of the reviews for this Elkay product report problems with rust spots. If that happens to us, we'll be pooched, because I would have to say damn the financial torpedoes and get one of those expensive comparable sinks if this one proves to show that kind of a defect. Having now used this square style with its extra space and more efficient shape, there's no way I'm going back to a less-efficient traditional model like the one shown immediately above. So fingers crossed that we don't experience any rust.