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Plumber: Narrow kitchen island needs a narrow sink

Q: Dear Ed: I'm remodeling my kitchen and want to add a kitchen island area. But, we are tight on room and the island needs to be very narrow. A standard island sink may be too wide. Do you have any narrow sink suggestions I can look at?

– Patty, Utah

A: Usually for a standard-size kitchen island, you can use a small bar sink. If even a bar sink may be too wide for your island, I do have a suggestion.

Some manufacturers offer long and narrow sinks called trough sinks. Like the name says, the rectangle shape does resemble a horse trough.

But don't let the name fool you. These are beautiful high-end kitchen island prep sinks. Usually an under-counter installation, a trough-style sink may allow you to add a usable sink to your narrow countertop. Collect your final island measurements and work with your supply house to see if all will work out.

Bottom line: If you go with a trough sink, hopefully you won't end up with a deserted sinkless island.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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