Q: Dear Ed: We plan to get rid of our tile kitchen counters and replace them with stone. While our counters are in bad shape, the cabinets look great and will stay. I really want a contemporary sink with an apron front. But my husband says no way, because an apron-front sink requires very aggressive cutting of the base cabinets. We are on a budget, any ideas?

— Ann, New Jersey

A: First, if you want a contemporary-looking apron-front or farmhouse sink, look into the new stainless steel farmhouse-style sinks.

These new sinks are available in under-mount models and feature thick smart-looking stainless steel front panels.

Other features can include deep bowls, built-in sound-absorbing pads and custom-made sink mats to help protect the sink bottom.

Now for the really good news. New technology makes some farmhouse sinks available in a self-trimming design. Simply put, with a self-trimming farmhouse sink, usually only a simple rough cut is needed, because the special apron front overlaps the cabinet.

Bottom line: Your apron-front dream won’t be sunk if you install a self-trimming farmhouse sink.


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.