Kitchen Sink Spotlight: Fireclay Sink Pros and Cons

September 18, 2020

If you’re looking for advice on choosing the perfect material for your new kitchen sink as part of a kitchen renovation, you’re in the right place. We’re publishing articles focusing on different sink materials (including stainless steel and acrylic). In this post, you’ll learn about the fireclay sink, which is perfect for farmhouse kitchens. 

Would you like to learn more about the different elements of a kitchen sink? You should check out some of the other articles in our Sink Spotlight series! Click any of the links below to expand your sink-related knowledge:

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Fireclay Sink Pros and Cons


  • durable and chip-resistant
  • rust-proof
  • can withstand abrasive cleaners


  • expensive
  • require extra support due to their weight

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Fireclay Kitchen Sinks

For a durable and rust-proof sink, look no further than fireclay when planning your kitchen renovation. As the name suggests, fireclay sinks are made from moulding clay into the shape of a sink, coating it with enamel, and firing it at an extremely high temperature. The resulting product is a strong and long-lasting sink that would look perfect in a farmhouse kitchen.

Fireclay sinks are resistant to scratching, chipping, fading, discolouration, and staining (with proper care). They are easy to clean, and you’re can use abrasive cleaners on a fireclay sink (unlike cast iron or granite composite sinks). Fireclay sinks can handle heavy use and are resistant to acid. One thing you’ll need to be careful of with a fireclay sink is dropping dishes into it carelessly. Given the strength of the sink, these dishes are likely to break or chip.

Compared to other sinks on this list, fireclay sinks are quite expensive. They also require a lot of support due to their weight, so we recommend hiring a professional to install your fireclay kitchen sink. As this sink has an apron front, you will need to install your faucet on the counter or wall.

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Infographic: 10 Great Ways to Add Value to Your Home in 2017

Are you considering selling your home in the near future? Are you wondering what you can do to add value to your home before you sell it? Maybe you’re not thinking about selling right now but may in the long run. Whatever your current situation is, if you own a home, you can make efforts to increase its value.

The value that each change adds to your home will ultimately depend on your location and land value. But, we’re sure that you will be able to add some equity to your home by making a few simple home improvements. If you’re unsure about the potential value of your home, consult an estate agent. They can also list your home for you and make the efforts necessary to sell it.

To hire a trusted, local estate agent, submit a request on Bidvine. You’ll receive custom, detailed bids from estate agents within your budget and timeline.

In this article, we’ll go through 10 ways to add value to your home before you list it. We’ll also share the costs of most services, as well as the estimated value they’ll add to your home. Read on to learn more about adding value and equity to your home!

If you want to save these figures for later, pin our infographic to your Pinterest board! And while you’re at it, why not check our boards out?

10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

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1. Interior and Exterior Painting

If the interior of your home just needs a quick refresh, hire a Bidvine pro for interior or exterior painting. They’ll be able to touch up any walls in your home that need some extra TLC. If you’d like to change the entire colour palette of your home, they can paint the whole home, too!

Maybe your home is currently covered in bright colours, but you’d like a more neutral palette before you list it. An interior painter can completely transform your home and make it more appealing to buyers.

If your home’s exterior is stuck in the 1950s, an exterior painter can bring it into the 21st century with paint.

In terms of cost, the cost of interior painting can range from a couple hundred pounds to thousands of pounds. The price ultimately depends on the size of your home and the number of walls the pro paints.

Median Price of Interior Painting: £400

Hourly Median Price of Interior Painting: £15

Median Price of Exterior Painting: £840

Hourly Median Price of Exterior Painting: £16

Approximate Added Value from Interior and Exterior Painting: £2,500 – £5,000


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2. Plastering

Before you paint your walls, though, you’ll want to cover up any imperfections. If you have children or pets, there may be scuffs all over your walls. So, it’s important to take care of them before painting. Do you have marks on your ceiling? A plastering pro can help with that, too.

Buyers aren’t going to be interested in your home if there are holes in the walls, so this is an especially important project. While they may not add value to your home, they will impact the final selling price of your home. For instance, a buyer will not offer top dollar for a home with scuffs and dents on the walls.

A Bidvine pro can plaster your walls, whether you’re undertaking a repair or restoration project. They can also plaster the walls of a new construction if you’re planning on building a home from scratch or adding an addition.

To hire a pro for plastering, submit a request on Bidvine!

Median Price of Plastering: £350

Hourly Median Price of Plastering: £18

Estimated Added Value from Plastering: £1000-£2500


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3. Loft Conversion

One of the ways to add a large chunk of value to your home is to add a loft conversion. By investing £20,000, you could see returns of up to £50,000. That means that an investment of £20,000 could add up to £30,000 in equity to your home’s value. If you want the loft to be more luxurious, the price will increase. But, be aware that a more luxurious loft will not guarantee that it will add more value to your home.

Converting your attic space into a loft involves strengthening the flooring and adjusting the ceiling heights. Your pro may need to remove extra volume from the ceiling of your attic to raise the ceiling height. Most loft conversions have sloped roofs, due to the shape of attics. If you want the ceilings to be flat and taller overall, your pro will need to remove part of the roof of your home. Then, they can add dormers to your upper floor.

Before you undertake a loft conversion, consider if there is room for a staircase between the loft and the upper floor.

Approximate Cost of a Loft Conversion: £20,000

Estimated Added Value from a Loft Conversion: £30,000 – £50,000 more
Eco-Friendly Ways to Do a Complete Home Renovation

Every home needs to be updated from time to time and renovation can often look like a hard and expensive task. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Thankfully, there are many ways for you to breathe brand new life into your old home. The best thing is that you can do it in an eco-friendly way without breaking the budget.

Planning out a renovation budget? Visit our comprehensive home renovation price guide to plan renovation costs and learn more about the price of hiring a renovator in your area. Then submit a free request to easily find a top renovator near you! 

Say no to demolishing

Tearing down the walls and floors or throwing away pieces of furniture from your home can cost a lot and perhaps it’s not even necessary for you to do it. Look around your home carefully and estimate what exactly you can save by repurposing or reusing it. Your old chandelier may not look much in the living room anymore, but may still serve you well in the kitchen. You can even give a new purpose to your doors by turning them into a swing, bed frame, shelf, photo frame, or a bookshelf.

Reface your place

Cabinets and closets might have lost their sparkle, but if the wood quality is still excellent, then don’t throw them away! Instead of spending money on new ones, why don’t you let your creative flow mix with an eco-friendly solution? You can easily reface your cabinets and closets with self-adhesive wallpapers and the best thing is that you can do it yourself in a very short time! If you are not a fan of self-adhesive wallpapers, you can always repaint the cabinets and doors.


Use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints

Repainting some pieces of furniture at your home and still protecting nature? Yes, it’s possible! All you need to do is to use low VOC or eco-friendly paints. Not only are they better for the environment, but they are also much healthier for you and your family because you won’t inhale all those bad chemicals that regular paints contain. more
Kitchen Tiling Ideas - Add Some Excitement to Your Home

Tiling can take your kitchen from bland to beautiful, and it’s very durable. Different tiles can work with different styles of kitchens, which we’ll be going over in this article. We’ll also share our favourite types of kitchen tiling with some inspiration for your home!

Continue reading for our favourite styles of kitchens, as well as our top kitchen tiling ideas for backsplashes, countertops, and flooring.

Already have an idea in mind for your kitchen renovation? Easily hire a top kitchen renovator with Bidvine!

Styles of Kitchens

Your choice of tiles will depend on the style of your kitchen. You wouldn’t see a chrome tile in a Tuscan kitchen, and you wouldn’t see ornate detail in a modern kitchen. Your kitchen will feel cohesive if it has a theme, and you’ll be more inspired to cook in it if you like the way it looks!

If you want some advice on planning a new kitchen design, check out this article. You can also get custom, detailed bids for interior design services on Bidvine.

There is an almost infinite number of kitchen styles out there. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be looking at a select few. Read on to learn a bit more about our chosen styles, and then our tile selections.


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1. Tuscan

If you’ve ever lusted after homes in the Italian countryside, a Tuscan kitchen could be for you! They are full of rich shades of brown and red and bring warmth to the heart of the home.

Tuscan kitchens generally feature natural stones like travertine, granite, and marble. The hardware on cabinets is bronze or another dark brushed metal. Many kitchens in this style will have high-end finishes like professional ranges. They can be quite expensive, but if done right, are quite beautiful.


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2. Bohemian

When you think of your ideal kitchen, what comes to mind? If you’re looking for a natural, open space to cook in, a bohemian kitchen might be for you.

Bohemian kitchens are full of reclaimed materials, like old wood or recycled pipes. Sometimes their cabinets are actually made from vintage chests, found at charity shops. For more information on furniture restoration, read this article!

These kitchens are more about the experience of cooking, rather than opulence. They often feature open shelving and plenty of greenery.

Common colours found in a bohemian kitchen are white, brown, and accents of colours. They will often have butcher block counters, with a bright tiled backsplash.


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3. Eclectic

This style can often be mistaken for bohemian, but it is more refined. Monica Gellar’s kitchen on Friends is a good jumping-off point for an eclectic kitchen. It features bright colours, exposed bricks, and mismatched appliances. Yet, it comes off as a cohesive and organised look.

Eclectic kitchens feature whites, woods, and bright colours like turquoise, green, and pink. They often have subway tiles or exposed brick as a backsplash, which adds an edge to the aesthetic.

If you have mismatched furniture and decor, an eclectic style is up your alley. Use your mix of items to personalise your home and make it as unique as you are.

Do you have a small kitchen? Maximise your space by adding chalkboard paint to a cabinet or two, or check out this article for more tips.


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4. Farmhouse

The most distinctive feature of a farmhouse kitchen is an apron sink. They are often referred to as farmhouse sinks, given their popularity. Apron sinks are generally single-basin but are also available in double-basin designs.

Farmhouse kitchens also usually feature shaker-style cabinets, in understated colours. Many kitchens have pastels or dark shades of blues and teals on their cabinets. Adding an element of colour is a great way to add a personal touch to a kitchen.

For hardware, farmhouse kitchens are full of brass, bronze, or brushed nickel hardware. They look lived in and comfortable, with butcher block counters and reclaimed materials. Open shelving is often used in farmhouse kitchens and can be made of recycled materials.


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A trend in kitchen design today is shiplap, which is reclaimed wood from barns and sheds. You can also find it in a store, though, if you want to add a vintage charm to your home. Mix shiplap with your kitchen tiling for a great look!


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5. Modern

If chrome, glass, and stark colours sound good to you, a modern kitchen is right up your alley. Modern kitchens play host to shiny counters, clean lines, and high-end finishes.

Cabinets in modern kitchens don’t have much detail, and they are often flat, with a glossy finish. Their countertops are also free of detail, with popular materials being quartz or glass. Many counters in modern kitchens have waterfall edges, where the countertop flows to the floor.

Mid-Century Modern

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6. Mid-Century Modern

This is a popular style for kitchens, and it often draws on Scandinavian design. The cabinets in mid-century modern kitchens are generally grainy wood or white, with flat doors. The hardware is skinny or flat and made of brushed nickel or brass. Cabinets can also be hardware-free, with a simple handle built into the cabinet door.

Countertops in mid-century modern kitchens are simple, made of quartz, stainless steel, or concrete. The backsplashes are often made up of small tiles, bringing attention to the area between the cabinets.

The mid-century modern colour scheme includes bright colours like turquoise, green, and orange. more

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