Q: Dear Ed: We're planning a new home, and for the first time I'll have my laundry room in the living area of our home. This will be a finished area with cabinets, shelving and countertops. I don't want a laundry tub with legs. Any recommendations on the type of sink I should install?

— Mona, New Jersey

A: Living area laundry rooms are fast becoming standard installs in many homes.

Not only are these rooms convenient, if designed properly, they can add extra value to your home.

No matter how nice you make your new laundry area, keep in mind this will still be a working utility room. So, I recommend installing a top-mount cast-iron utility sink in the counter area.

A utility sink is a deep single bowl sink designed to handle laundry and cleanup tasks. While available in different materials, enameled cast iron can give you beautiful color choices and great strength.

Bottom line: A high-end residential utility sink for your laundry room can work like a mule and show off like a peacock.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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