I’ve been admiring the kitchen on the cover of the latest FHB Kitchens & Baths issue and noticed that an undermount stainless sink was installed in the slate tile countertop. There is a perfect shot of the sink in the panoramic Quicktime viewer View 2 from the FHB website http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/pages/sph023_pano_mill.asp. The slate tile appears to be installed over the top of the undermount sink with the faucet holes drilled through the slate tile, similar to the details I’ve seen for a solid surface countertop. This raises a few questions:
1. Is this a durable installation?
2. How is the tile bonded over the sink, particularly at the backsplash where the sink rim would be wider for the faucet holes?
3. This sink must be undermount, I’m not familiar with any tile-in stainless sinks, but what holds it up? What do the brackets attach to? Could it be that the sink was set in place as if it were a tile-in sink, then the grout bed makes up for the thickness of the sink flange and the tile hangs over?
P.S. The tile setter did a very nice job on shaping the tile around the sink.