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The above-counter basin is the centerpiece, demanding attention of anyone who steps foot into the bathroom. The choices are endless when it comes to above-counter basins with an array of shapes, colours and finishes. A benefit of choosing this basin style enables you to maximise the storage space in the vanity cabinet underneath, as it does not protrude below the bench top. Combine the above-counter basin with the wall mounted tap or an extended basin for bathroom perfection. It is important that planning of the benchtop and the basin height is done in advance to ensure it sits at the desired height. By choosing an above-counter basin, you will be able to showcase the outer bowl. With many above-counter basins revealing different designs, the ADP arched above-counter basin uses fluted edges on its outer bowl to make a statement in the bathroom.
Semi-inset basin is a design where the basin sits predominantly below the benchtop with only the rim above the counter and visible. It is common to choose the semi-inset basin when using floor mount vanities as it draws resemblance to the above-counter basin but keeps the overall height at a minimum. A semi-inset basin would usually come with an overflow whilst others will have a built in landing that will contain the water. When selecting the tapware to best fit your basin, you will need to consider its height, as an extended tapware will lead to more splashes. A quintessential pairing of the semi-inset basin and tapware is shown in the ADP Respect Semi-inset basin.
An inset basin is often referred to as the ‘drop-in sink’, as it sits just above the benchtop with the majority of the basin hidden into the cabinet. One of the key benefits of choosing an inset basin is its suitability with benchtop materials such as timber and laminate. As the inset basin will cover the cut out on the benchtop and therefore poses no risk of water damage. It is the preferred choice when trying to achieve a more seamless and minimalist look with the vanity top and the basin. Inset basins when accompanied with wall taps or basin mixers brings a modern take on the traditional under-counter sink. You will find that inset basins often come in a variety of shapes such as round, square, oval and various finishes. The Timberline Radius Inset Basin is a round basin and offers three finish options such as Gloss White, Matte White and Matte Black.
The traditional under-counter basin is simple and allows you to showcase your benchtop. The perks of choosing an under-counter basin is the additional benchtop space you have, however gaining space in one space comes at the cost of another. As the name would suggest, with the entire basin sitting below the benchtop there will be loss of space in the cabinet. When it comes to choosing tapware to compliment the beautiful under-counter basins, you will need ot be mindful of the reach to clear the gap between the taphole and the edge of the basin. By clever pairing an under-counter basin with the correct tapware, you will be able to exhibit a simple yet powerful combination.
A semi-recessed basin protrudes out of the vanity and sits in front of the cabinet. This is a customary choice for those who are looking for a basin suitable for a small bathroom or for ensuites as you will not compromise the basin size. A semi-recessed basin is the ideal solution for bench spaces of less than 400mm. With less or no benchtop to catch the spillage and splashes there is a likelihood of water ending up on the floor especially when there are kids involved.
A wall-hung basin does not require a benchtop as you would have guessed, it is directly mounted onto the wall. The choice of choosing a wall hung basin in a small to moderate bathroom can be to create an illusion of a bigger space in the bathroom. When opting for a wall-hung basin, the plumbing and waste work must be positioned correctly in order for the ‘simple’ look to be achieved. A downside of a wall-hung vanity is the absence of storage space and benchtop means there is a likelihood of splashes of water occurring. Wall-hung basins come in various sizes to fit the bathroom - as the ADP Halo Wall hung basin displays its functionality in a tight space.
An important point of consideration is the type of basin that is chosen will play a role on the type of tapware.
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Basin with 0 Taphole
(NTH or 0TH)
Wall or hob mounted (in the bench top) mounted mixers or tapware
Basins with 1 Taphole
Basins with 2 Taphole
Basins with 3 Taphole
Three piece tapware