After using the HCE granite sink for a month (Read on why I choose this sink here), I really like it a lot. The only drawback is that IT’s not BIG enough. hehehee…
The color I chose is grey. I love how it makes the little specks of my quartz countertop more prominent. After hunting around, I finally matched it with a mixer from Sorento. I love how sleek it looks. The combination is perfect !!! (in my opinion anyway). hehehe..
Ta-da. Here’s my sink up close and personal. 😉
ohh.. Look..I even got the grill matching with the sink. (Actually, I got the sink to match my grills. hehehee)
I find the best way to clear the sink of water droplets after using, is to sweep it down with a squeegee (window wiper). It is really easy and fast.
Update : July 2013
Hi Ivan H & Pauline,
After some digging around, I finally manage to find a picture I took of the sink before they cover it with the quartz.
As you can see, the sink is mounted like a top mount on the wooden carcase first. The contractor makes a step down so that the sink sit flush to the wooden surface.
After that, they lay the quartz stone over the sink. As per the picture above. Hope this helps. 🙂
KL Tah said:
How much was the sink, and where did you purchase it from?
I got it from Builder’s Hardware in Kepong. 🙂
They are on facebook… you can check out their promotion. I think they have some package promotion together with the sink. Have fun shopping.
Hi 🙂 I bought a similar HCE sink from builders hardware as well. However my contractor recommended top mount. Personally, i prefer under mount. Appreciate if you can share how it is done (under mount). Thank Love your under mount sink.
Thanks for liking my sink. 🙂
To tell you the truth, I was planning to go top mount at first. Because I prefer Top Mount.
But, my contractor keep telling me under mount is better. lol… And hubby also thinks under mount is better. So, I gave in to them. ;p
I’m not sure exactly how the under mount was done. All I did was to pass the sink to my kitchen builder and they told me it’s not a problem. Thankfully, I think they did a pretty ok job too.
All I can remember is that the bottom layer of the sink is wood, which they cut a hole to fit the sink in. And then, they mount the sink. Before covering it with the quartz counter-top.
Have fun renovating !!! 🙂
Feel free to drop me a message if you need anymore help.
Thanks for your feedback. I guess it is up to the contractor whether he’s willing or not.
Your contractor is kind enough to even suggest under mount since it more work for him 🙂 thanks.
LOL.. i just check and realised that for Under Mount, we need to pay extra RM150…
But, I am glad I went with Under mount. So much easier to use and clean. I think it’s worth the extra. Perhaps you can check with your contractor again?
Insist on what you want. After all, you will be staying there and using it for the next 10-15 years !
All the best. 🙂
Which kitchen cabinet company that you were engaged with? Love your kitchen
Thanks for loving my kitchen. 🙂
Are you renovating your kitchen too?
I got Htrends to do it. They are in Uptown, Damansara (PJ). They are quite professional. I had some problems with their cabinet but they come back and fix it relatively quick.
Oh, I thought h-treand are only selling kitchen and bathroom products and not kitchen cabinet?
They do cabinets also…as they are part of Rowenta in Taman Tun. 🙂
Or, you can always check out homedec / perfect livin. There’s quite a fair bit of kitchen cabinet contractors out there.
Not to mention, they usually have pretty good deals during the exhibition.
Ivan H said:
i have hce single bowl granite sink, kinda like yours but without the smaller bowl.
my contractor advised to not do undermount and the heavy granite might warp the cabinet carcass and falldown. he might be trying to take the easy way and simply do a top mount (>_<)
do you use some sort of extra reinforcement for your sink?
I updated the post with picture. Hope this helps you to get a clearer picture of how the mounting is done.
There is no other reinforcement under the sink. So far, it’s been a year and it’s still there and the cabinets are still fine. (finger cross).
My opinion is IF your contractor is not confident to do it under-mount, you might need to check if another contractor can do it.
Better be safe. Good luck.
Ivan H said:
Thanks for taking the time to reply and even upload the pic 🙂
I’ll check with the contractor again…i still think that making a top mount of my sink will look kinda weird. the dark sink topmounted on white quartz top.
hey, kinda similar with ur setup 😉 thanks again for the info.
You are welcome.
Yes – I agree.
Undermount is much easier to clean too.
I am so glad my hubby and contractor kept insisting it to be undermount as I wanted top mount at first… lol.
I LOVE my quartz top too. 🙂
Feel free to drop by if you need any other info on renovation. Have fun renovating…
Hi, i am using this kind of HCE sink too, may i know what kind of cleaner that u are using? Thanks.
hmm… actually, I never really did much research about cleaner to use on the sink.
For now, I just use the dish washing liquid and give the sink a good scrub every time after I finish using it after some heavy-duty dish washing. ;p
Be careful to take note of the corners of the sink as I notice if didn’t wash properly, it shows some blackish stain which seems like mold to me.
I have not figure out what is it and usually give the sink an extra soaking in soap water follow by some serious scrubbing.
I also start to notice some discoloration on my sink. Some lighter patches tone here and there. I am not really bothered by it and I think it might be because of the chemicals I sometimes subject my poor sink with. ;p
Maybe you can check with the HCE people if they have any recommended cleaner? And let me know too ?! 🙂
Thanks for your reply. I bought it at the famous shop. At first they told me is easy to clean, is reliable and wont easily get any oil or colour stain, even red wine.
After 1 month later i used, i can easily saw black stain on my beach colour sink. At first i taught is me didnt clean it everyday, so i tried to wash it everyday, but i found that is not easy to clean it. Especially when the black stain already eat into the sink.
I call them, they ask me to use detergent and GENTLY wash it. No way, is hard and hard to clean.
So i got no choice, called the sink people come and have a look. Guess what, they spend 20 mins just to wash my sink, use supreme cleaner & SAND PAPER…….. and the end they told my mother, try to wash it clean everyday…….
I spend the money and make me have to wash the sink around 20min everyday???? really regret and i wish i can choose back stainless steel sink ….
Thanks for sharing. I also thought it was me not keeping it clean enough. But then, mine is grey… Maybe that’s why it is not so obvious…
I tried taking picture but it doesn’t show very well as the black blends in with the grey.
But, I do see the black stain especially around the corner.
Tsk tsk tsk.. SHAME on HCE.
When I have the time, I’ll try and ran a few experiment and see which cleaner can help and update you.
Maybe you can share the picture of your sink here so that other people who are planning to buy can see how bad it is?
I bet it’s pretty obvious in the beige color.
I just bought a granite sink. And would like to know how did u make the hole for the faucet on the sink?
Is it the same granite brand? I’m not sure about other brand but for HCE, they already have a pre-cut if you look behind the panel. Just ask your contractor to punch it thru.
Thanks again for dropping by my site.