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Aha! Hack: A Behind-the-Sink Dish Drying Rack

And this is why you should consider hiring an architect for your remodeling project. For a kitchen renovation in Oakland, California, architect Jerome Buttrick, of Buttrick Projects, came up with a rather ingenious solution to the unsightly and space-hogging drying rack: He had a custom sink created for his client that included a draining board right behind the faucet.

Buttrick designed a custom stainless drain board to fit behind the sink. The faucet, in a satin nickel finish, is by Franke.
Above: Buttrick designed a custom stainless drain board to fit behind the sink. The faucet, in a satin nickel finish, is by Franke.

“With the drainboard behind the sink, counter space is freed up and the drainboard is out of the way—a double win!” he says. He suggests contacting a nearby sheet metal fabricator if you’re interested in commissioning something similar yourself.

Buttrick Rockridge Sink Install
Above: An installation shot of the integrated sink and draining board. Notice that the base of the draining board is angled down, toward the sink, so that runoff water flows directly into the sink.

N.B.: This post is an update; it was first published March 20, 2018.

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