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Table of Contents
- Out With The Old
- Building The Base Cabinet
- Concrete Countertop Section Build
- Pfister Zuri Faucet Installation
- Our SINKOLOGY Austen Farmhouse Sink Experience
- This sink installation is also featured over on the SINKOLOGY blog.
In 2018, I began the demo on our outdated kitchen. The remodel was broken up into several phases because shutting the kitchen down completely was out of the question. We’re a family of six and this is our residence; gotta have the kitchen!
In late 2019, I began the most difficult part of the remodel: making and installing concrete countertops and installing a new SINKOLOGY Austen double bowl fireclay sink all-in-one combo kit (formerly named Brooks II) that includes a Pfister Zuri culinary kitchen faucet. These projects were linked because I wanted the sink to be mounted underneath the countertop.
Read on to see my installation experience, and how the sink and faucet look nearly two years after the install.
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Out With The Old
At 135lbs, the SINKOLOGY Austen double bowl farmhouse fireclay sink is very heavy. Without question, this sink requires extra support and modification to an existing cabinet base. In my planning, I determined that my existing sink base cabinet needed to be removed. That allowed me all the space I needed to build a custom platform for my sink.
Keep in mind, though, that this sink can be installed in existing cabinet bases. Building a custom sink base from scratch was the best solution for me.
After tearing out the old sink base, I got to work on repairing the drywall, which was a mess. I knew the drywall underneath wasn’t finished but I didn’t realize the extent of the gaping hole in the wall. With the old cabinet base gone, I had all the room I needed to repair and paint the drywall.
Building The Base Cabinet
- Pro Tip: See the SINKOLOGY fireclay farmhouse sink installation guide for detailed installation instructions.
Building and setting the sink platform was the most critical part of the sink installation. The overall sink height needed to be 1/8″ below the bottom of the concrete countertops, all the way around it. And of course, the sink and countertops both needed to be level, which is no small feat in our older home. Nothing is level! I also wanted the sink to sit center of the window above.
Plus, because the front of SINKOLOGY Austen farmhouse sink is meant to be exposed, I had to plan carefully for how the sink would sit, front to back, as well. Once I determined these critical measurements, I could then build the 2×4 platform supports and the platform itself (1st picture, above). After painting the 2x4s and then sitting the sink unto its final resting place (2nd picture, above), I began measuring for the U-shaped section of concrete countertop that would sit above the sink.
Before I set the concrete countertop section in place, though, I first hooked up the garbage disposal, dishwasher drain hose, and p-traps and connected them to the existing drainpipe (3rd picture, above). Then I nailed up a simple cabinet front with cabinet-grade plywood.
Afterward, I altered the existing base cabinet doors to fit the new space.
Concrete Countertop Section Build
- For a full tutorial, please see my article How To Make Concrete Countertops.
The slideshow above will give you a quick look at making the section of concrete countertop around the SINKOLOGY Austen farmhouse sink. After determining the measurements, including placement of the Pfister Zuri faucet, I built the form, poured the concrete, let it set, then placed it above the sink.
Pfister Zuri Faucet Installation
- Pro Tip: See the Pfister Zuri LG529-MC installation guide for detailed installation instructions.
The Pfister Zuri culinary kitchen faucet looks like a complicated fixture, but I was surprised at how easy the installation was. I first fed the faucet through the hole in the countertop, tightened the faucet in place, connected the water line hoses at the bottom of the faucet, and then set the countertop in place. I could then connect the water hoses to the shutoff valves underneath.
Pfister Zuri Culinary Kitchen Faucet Features
We absolutely love this faucet. Here’s a list of features:
- Meets ADA/ANSI A117.1 requirements, ensuring accessibility to all disabled persons.
- Pforever Seal™—advanced ceramic disc valve technology with a never leak guarantee.
- Product complies with NSF/ANSI 372 and conforms with lead content requirements for “lead-free” plumbing as defined by California, Vermont, Maryland, and Louisiana state laws and the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Includes decorative deckplate.
- High arc spout for added clearance and reach.
- Pull-Down sprayhead, select from 3 water settings conveniently in the palm of your hand.
- Wipe Clean Nozzles allows you to wipe away mineral deposits with the swipe of a finger.
- Convenient Quick Install Tool included to speed up installation.
- Pfast Connect™ technology securely connects water supply lines with a quick click.
- Rated to meet or exceed CALGreen criteria, which helps to conserve water in the average home by at least 20 percent.
Our SINKOLOGY Austen Farmhouse Sink Experience
Austen All-In-One Fireclay Farmhouse Sink Kit Specs and Features
- Dimensions: 33″ x 18″ x 10″
- Bowl Dimensions: 16″ x 15″ x 9″
- Second Bowl Dimensions: 16″ x 15″ x 9″
- Drain Size: 3.5″
- Included: Sinkology Austen 33 in. double bowl apron-front farmhouse sink in crisp white; Pfister Zuri 1-handle, pull-down culinary kitchen faucet in Polished Chrome; Sinkology Bottom Grid in Stainless Steel; Sinkology InSinkErator-compatible Disposal Flange in Stainless Steel (#TD35-03); Sinkology Basket Strainer Drain in Stainless Steel (#TB35-03); Sinkology Breeze Non-Scratch Scrubber (#SSCRUB-101); Fireclay CareIQ Kit (#SARMOR-401)
- Fireclay: Fireclay material is hand-selected as the perfect combination of durability, density, beauty, and functionality.
- Signature Glaze: The Signature Sinkology fired-on glaze serves as an extra-thick protective shield for your fireclay sink.
- Easy Cleaning: Sinkology Fireclay sinks are reinforced with our Signature Glaze to lock in its beauty and create a surface that is non-porous and thick for easy, on-the-go cleaning.
- Pfister Faucet: Polished Chrome high-arc spout for added clearance and reach as well as three-function spout with spray, stream, and pause options. Also comes with advanced ceramic disc valve technology with a never-leak guarantee.
- Cabinet Size: 36 in. minimum
- SINKOLOGY Lifetime Warranty: The Austen is guaranteed to not chip, crack, stain, or rust, and we back that promise with our exclusive Sinkology Lifetime Warranty.
We’ve had our SINKOLOGY Austen fireclay farmhouse sink and Pfister Zuri faucet for nearly two years now, and they both look as good as the day I installed them (recently pictured above). As I mentioned, we’re a family of six and our kitchen is probably the most active room in the house.
Not only are these two kitchen fixtures gorgeous, but they serve the needs of our large family well. The large sink bowls handle large pots well and, if necessary, a ton of dirty dishes, but the kids are good at not letting dishes pile up! The Pfister Zuri faucet’s high arc allows us to fill even our largest pots and the spring-assisted handle enables us to reach every part of our sink.
Believe me, our sink has been banged up many times, but the finish looks as good as new.
If you have any questions about this sink or faucet, ask me in the comments below! They have been two of our favorite additions to our home and I think you’ll be as pleased with them as well.