A Guest Bath Makeover: Replacing Your Faucet

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Expecting guests over the holidays?  There’s no better time to give your guest bath makeover, and a new faucet is a perfect place to start.  Surprisingly, it’s simpler than you think.  From start to finish, it can be completed in one afternoon.  You’ll spend more time shopping for the perfect fixture than actually installing it.

Identify the type of faucet you already have

Before shopping, indentfy the type of faucet you already have.  This will make installation easier.  There are 3 types of faucets available today: Continue reading →

6 Tips For Choosing the Best Kitchen Faucet

When you are thinking of the perfect elements for your kitchen, it is important not to overlook the kitchen faucet. It may seem small but the faucet has a lot of impact on the kitchen’s entire look and function. You will want one which is paired nicely with your kitchen design, and that gets the job done! Here are 6 tips to choosing the right faucet for your kitchen.

1. Choose the right finish

The finish you choose should blend well with the overall color and design of your kitchen. If you have a very modern kitchen with all stainless steel appliances and a basic black and white color scheme, then a brass finish on your faucet is going to cry out for attention in a very negative way.

2. Select the right faucet for the job

Many kitchens are equipped with only one sink, and it is mostly used for cleanup. This type of area is served best by a pull down faucet which will let you direct water where needed as you clean. Also consider a faucet with a higher clearance for filling pots easily.

3. Match the faucet to the sink size

Make sure that the faucet will sufficiently cover the entire area of the sink. Smaller “convenience” sinks will need smaller faucets, but the larger ones will need more coverage. If you really want and understated and tucked away faucet, consider one like Kohler’s Karbon faucet.

4. Choose the right product for you

Those with lower dexterity in their hands or who often have their hands full will want a faucet that is easy to turn on and off. Lever handles are traditional is this aspect, but there are also several emerging technologies to help out. Faucets with options like Brizo’s SmartTouch technology could even replace those handles completely.

5. Consider the installation

Different sinks require different types of installation, and some may not be convenient or even possible in your home. From wall mounts to single sink holes, you need to be sure you get a faucet that can easily be installed in your kitchen without ruing the over look or function.

6. Choose the best style for you

Finally, it is important to choose a sink style that not only flows with the rest of the room, but that you will love to use and look at. You may not realize just how much you use that faucet, but having one you don’t like will bring that to your attention very quickly. To find the right design, you may need to look online or in magazines and books to get  ideas, and then discuss your options and tastes with the retailer of your choice.