How to Install a Dishwasher Air-Gap Kit

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A clog in your kitchen sink drain could cause dirty water to back-flow into the dishwasher and contaminate the inside of the washer tub. Some municipalities require you install an air gap between your dishwasher and garbage disposal or sink drain to avoid such an occurrence. You can install an air gap in a single afternoon without the help of a plumber. Dishwasher air gap kits are available with everything needed for the air gap, but not the additional hose required to attach the gap to either the sink drain or the disposal.

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How To Install a Center Faucet

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One of the most common types of bath faucets is a center-set faucet. These are available in a wide selection styles and prices, and are generally easy to install. The steps below describe how to properly install most common center-set bath faucets.
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How to Update Your Kitchen With the Newest Trends

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Looking to update your kitchen with improvements that will make your friends and family gasp in astonishment? The latest kitchen trends will put you on the fast track to exactly that reaction.  Continue reading →

How To: Install your own bathroom faucet – no plumber needed

Finding the perfect new bathroom fixtures are only half the battle, the next step is getting your old hardware out and installing the new hardware to complete your updated look. While the task may seem daunting, this step by step guide will walk you through from beginning to end, and help you get the new polished look you want in your bathroom.

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Pick your faucet. If your sink already has a single stem faucet might be wise to stick with that style, and same for three stem systems. That way we avoid having to drill any holes in porcelain. Continue reading →

The National Kitchen & Bath Association's Trend Study

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Looking to find out what’s hot and what’s not in the world of kitchen and bathroom design? If you are still in the planning stages of your remodel, you might want to check the latest National Kitchen & Bath Association’s trend study: 300 member designers were polled for the latest trends and news about bath and kitchen designs and remodels and below are the results.

Curious to see what’s HOT this season?

GRAY COLOR SCHEMES – that’s right, shades of gray are growing in appeal for both the kitchen and bathroom, and been growing in popularity since 2010.

“Among the overall trends identified for this year, gray color schemes in both kitchens and baths have witnessed a dramatic escalation since 2010, particularly over the past year, according to a written statement about the study. “Used currently in 55 percent of kitchens and 56 percent of bathrooms, shades of gray are growing in appeal, creating chic, sophisticated spaces that many consumers desire.”

The appetite for sleek shades of gray in kitchens and baths might be linked to the colors popularity in fashion over the last few years. NKBA stopped short of linking the color’s popularity to the steamy best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James.

Despite gray’s recent appeal, white and off-white are still most popular, used in 73 percent of kitchens and 71 percent bathrooms. The neutrals of beige and bone come next in popularity, followed by grays and browns, according to NKBA.
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QUARTZ – second most popular counter-surface material used in kitchens and baths last year, and is closely gaining popularity to granite on the top spot.

WHITE CABINETS – this is a popular trend for kitchens, it has been a top choice since last year.

GLASS BACKSPLASH – this trend has grown in popularity in the last 3 years, it’s no surprise.

TOUCH-ACTIVATED FAUCETS – at Plumbtile you will find many of these trendy faucets, we love them!

For the complete trends for the bath and kitchen, you can view the full list here. Call 1-866-369-8180 and ask your friendly Plumbtile consultant about the latest trends, they’re always ready to help!

The Top 4 Things You Missed at Dwell On Design

So for those of you who missed it last weekend, the Dwell on Design show was amazing. It’s the West Coast’s biggest design event, was at the LA Convention Center and is put on by Dwell magazine (check out their twitter here). The top names in interior decoration, kitchen fixtures, bathroom tile, modern furniture and advanced appliances were present to help turn the houses of today into the homes of the future. Continue reading →

Senior-Friendly Design

We focus on product spotlights so often I thought I’d take a left turn and go into a less specific field.

A while back I wrote a feature article about walk-in bathtubs here: http://ezinearticles.com/?Step-in-Tubs—Allowing-Bathing-For-Seniors-and-the-Disabled&id=2424362

This blog post is along similar lines, but with a wider view. What does it take to make your bathroom design friendly for seniors (or for yourself if you intend to live in your house for another several decades)? Continue reading →

Plumbtile's Modern Fixtures- A Eye On the Future

plumbtile-header1Don’t bother re-reading the headline thinking I forgot to mention a brand- I typed it correctly. We offer our own Plumbtile brand bath fixtures. We’ve had these products available for some time now, and now we’re announcing it via this blog. Plumbtile brand fixtures feature meticulously crafted faucets, vessel sinks, showers and freestanding tubs that are manufactured to the strictest European design craftsmanship.
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