source: residential architect Magazine
publication date: June 1, 2007

By Nigel F. Maynard

Finding worthy products for price-conscious custom homes is a tough gig. But if you love the hunt like we do, it's bound to reward everyone involved. Yes, your products must prove penny-wise, but they can't look cheap or perform poorly. They must withstand the rigors of everyday life at least as well as their more precious counterparts.

Admittedly, cheap is in the eye of the budget holder, but we think the collection on the following pages is a bargain at twice the price.

set in stone

Blanco’s Silgranit sinks are composed of 80 percent granite to withstand everyday wear and tear. Manufactured in four colors (anthracite, biscuit, metallic gray, and white), the bacteria-resistant sinks accommodate integrated colander, draining area, and cutting board options. The clean lines and sub-$400 price tag of the Precis double-bowl sink, shown here, make it an attractive, affordable addition in the kitchen. Blanco America, 800.451.5782; www.blancoamerica.com.