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Double Kitchen Sinks – Practical and Beautiful

  • Posted on September 11, 2016 at 3:42 am

Double kitchen sinks can provide many advantages to homeowners as they offer great versatility because they are made of various materials and come in many shapes and sizes. Double kitchen sinks can be either undermounted or overmounted (dropped-in), and the mounting is based on customer preference.

With countertops such as granite, soapstone, or other high-end materials, undermounting the sink is typically preferable as this allows more of the countertop to be seen and does not break the visual continuity of the countertop. The type of double bowl used should be based on the planned use as well as the colors and styles used in the overall design of the kitchen. It should enhance the look of the kitchen but not be the focal point or distract from the overall appearance of the room.

Double sinks have two bowls separated by a divider. There are several styles of double sinks. Homeowners can choose from equal bowl, 60/40, and 70/30 sinks. With an equal bowl type, both sides of the sink are of equal size and depth or 50/50. With the 60/40 type, the left bowl is generally slightly larger and deeper than the right side. With the 70/30 type, the left bowl is significantly larger and deeper than the right one. Of the three different types, the 60/40 model is definitely the most popular sink among homeowners as it adds a more distinctive look to the kitchen while still maintaining its functionality.

Double sinks come in a variety of materials, and each type of material has its advantages and disadvantages. Stainless steel is a very popular and widely used material for kitchen bowls. This material is complimentary to most kinds of countertops and colors. Stainless steel can be scratched, but many manufacturers sell sink grids to fit the different sink models. These grids are placed in the bottom of the sink to protect the sink from surface to surface contact with dishes, silverware, and pots and pans; which helps to dramatically increase the lifespan of your new bowl and protects it for a much longer time.

Cast iron is another material that is often used to make double kitchen sinks. Cast iron is very durable but very heavy. These sinks often require extra bracing to ensure that the sink and countertops are not compromised. Other types of material that sinks are made of include: copper, acrylic, granite, and porcelain among others.

Whether you are remodelling of making a new kitchen, whatever style or design you are searching for, you will surely find a double kitchen sink to suit your tastes and to match with the look and feel of your home. So good luck with your project and most importantly, be sure to have fun with it!

Cymbidium Orchids

  • Posted on September 11, 2016 at 12:43 am

When it comes to orchid care, many orchid hobbyist prefer to tend a kind or species that will display their flowers during several months and specially in winter. If you are one of them, your best option is Cymbidium orchids.

Most orchid species thrive in warm temperatures and suffer when the thermometer goes near 50 degrees Fahrenheit. In this respect, Cymbidiums are actually special, because they live in different natural environments, including the Himalayan region. That causes cymbidium orchids to have the ability to adapt themselves to moderate temperatures. In fact, cymbidiums can easily survive even if the thermometer approaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

In any case, in order to care for our cymbidiums correctly, we need to know some rules regarding the requirements our orchid plant has.

Whereas several orchid species need repotting each two or three years, cymbidiums do not like to be repotted. The only situation in which you should repot your cymbidium orchid is when the roots have outgrown the orchid pot.

Another aspect that makes this species different from other orchids is their special requirement concerning water and light. Cymbidiums need more water than other orchid kinds during spring and summer. It is advisable to place your cymbidium plant in a slatted basket with good water drainage. This way, their roots will have a good deal of air circulation, too.

Concerning light, we can say that many orchid species should avoid the direct sun rays. Exceptionally, cymbidium orchids can tolerate that, provided that the temperature is not stiffly hot.

To summarize, if you are an orchid hobbyist it is very interesting for you to combine the raising of cymbidiums along with other kinds of orchids. As you will surely know, the majority of orchids flourish during spring or even summer. On the other hand, Cymbidiums bloom in winter. Besides, their beautiful flowers linger two or three months. By growing both cymbidiums and other different orchid species in your home, you will be able to enjoy a beautifully flower-adorned orchid garden almost the whole year long.