Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kitchen Trends

As before, I have compiled a list of trends I have observed in various, current home renovation books and magazines. More specifically, kitchen trends and popular fixtures.Bridge Style Kitchen FaucetView photos and learn more about each fixture by clicking on it above.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Pot Fillers and Bar Sinks

You may think, why buy a bar sink or pot filler when I already have a sink and faucet in my kitchen?

Pot fillers are small faucets that extend from the wall or counter. They usually dispense only cold water but some have the option of hot water or filtered water. Pot fillers are mainly for filling kettles and pots but also have other uses. Installing a pot or kettle filler can save steps while preparing dinner. Rinsing off vegetables and filling up glasses with drinking water can both be made easier with a pot filler.

Pot FillerBar sinks are generally smaller than your kitchen sink. They come in different shapes, sizes, and depths. Having a bar sink is ideal for entertaining guests because you can prepare drinks without making a mess. Fill the sink with ice to keep soda, beer, and white wine cold at your next party.

Another name for a bar sink is prep sink. This sink can make food preparation quicker and can also be useful when two people are using the kitchen simultaneously.

Bar Sink

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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

WaterSense Faucets

Look for WaterSense Logo on Water Saving ProductsWaterSense, a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has set standards for a variety of different bathroom fixtures to mainly help save water and energy. Replacing your current bathroom parts with these water saving alternatives will also benefit you in the form of a smaller water bill.

According to the EPA, a WaterSense approved faucet can...
  • save at least 500 gallons of water per household in one year
  • decrease demands on water heaters
  • save energy
The WaterSense approved faucets are available in different colors and styles to match your bathroom, and they help save money! Learn more about the WaterSense certification and check out a few certified faucets below.

WaterSense Certified Centerset Faucet

WaterSense Certified Widespread Faucet

WaterSense Certified Centerset  Bathroom Faucet

WaterSense Certified Widespread Bathroom Faucet
View more water-saving faucets and other WaterSense products. Also check back for more information on other WaterSense fixtures and tips on how to save energy and money.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Choosing the Perfect Faucet

There are so many options when it comes to faucets. Hopefully, after reading this blog post you will have a better understanding of the differences between the various types of bathroom faucets.

Widespread

A widespread faucet has two separate handles or knobs; one on the left for hot water and the other on the right for cold. Positioned between the the two controls is the spout. The amount of room between the handles varies from around four to twenty inches apart. Widespread faucets require 3 separate holes in your sink or counter top.

Widespread Faucet
Minispread
Minispread faucets are very similar to widespread faucets, except the controls and spout are positioned much closer together. This type of faucet is a good choice for a small sink because the knobs are set less that four inches apart from the middle spout.


Minispread FaucetCenterset
A centerset faucet has two levers and a spout in the center which are all positioned on a base. Some centerset faucets have a single lever which contain both hot and cold features.

Centerset FaucetSingle Post
Single Post faucets are probably the least space consuming and the easiest to clean. These faucets only require one hole. These faucets can have one lever or two controlling water temperature, but are always contained on one unit.

Single Post Faucet
Wall Mounted
A wall mounted faucet can be widespread or centerset, and can have one or two handles. These differ from all the aforementioned types of faucets because they are attached to the wall instead of sink or counter top. When purchasing a wall mounted faucet, be sure to pair it with a deep or large sized sink so water doesn't splash out.

Wall Mounted Faucet

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Friday, March 06, 2009

Low Water Pressure Solutions

If you are having a problem with the pressure of your water it may be due to a number of reasons. I learned a few helpful tips from the book Home Wiring and Plumbing. In the book they target different types of problems and provide the solutions through step by step photos and guides. One chapter discusses a common problem: low water pressure.

Faucets and Showerheads

When it comes to your kitchen or bathroom sink faucet, you may want to begin by checking the small screens attached to the faucet. Minerals and rust often collect in these screens and can be cleaned with white vinegar or simply scrubbed with a toothbrush. Be sure to check your kitchen sink faucet sprayer as well because these also contain small screens.


Appliances

If you are having difficulty with the water pressure in your dishwasher or washer, it may be because the water supply has to pass through shutoff valves before it can reach the appliance. To make sure your water pressure is optimal, be sure that all shutoff valves are fully open. Washing machines in particular are designed so that water is pulled through a filter. Be sure to clean the filters so your washing machine can fill quickly.

I also learned from the book that many old homes built before the 1960's are equipped with iron pipes. This means that your low water pressure problem may be due to mineral build-up within the pipes. A better alternative is copper or plastic.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Choosing the Right Faucet


Trying to give your bathroom a quick face lift or a complete remodel? Choosing the right bathroom faucet will either make or break the look. New accessories, floor mats and a fresh coat of paint will go unseen if the faucet is old and tarnished.

Before purchasing a faucet, there are important factors on the style and finish selection to ensure the best buy.

Style- Coordinate! Bathtub and Sink faucets are often available in sets. Matching faucets pull the bathroom together, giving it a seamless look.

Vintage Tub and Bath provides the differences between deck-mounted, wall-mounted, and free-standing to help decide the right bathtub faucets.

The Perfect Match

Minispread and Basin taps match an Art Deco Pedestal sink.

Widespread faucets match Console Pedestal sinks and the latest trend, Vessel sinks

Single Post faucets work best with Basin, Wall Mounted and Corner Wall Mounted sinks.

Bridge faucets in a satin-nickel finish makes the most elegant statement, but be sure this compliments the remainder bathroom.

Finish- From an antique Rustic Pewter to a contemporary Brushed-Chrome, the finish options are endless. White faucets are popular in the kitchen and kids’ bath for it capability of hiding water spots and fingerprints better than chrome and brass. Any bronze (oil rubbed, brushed, rustic, etc.) and polished brass finish brings a warm, vintage feel to the bathroom.

Looking for a touch of class without the clash? A combination chrome-and-brass finish on a lever-handle gooseneck faucet gives a chic look while adding the flexibility for accessories in either finish.

Choosing the right style and finish for your faucet never looked so good.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Bring It Home

Yes it's true! We have recently been featured in the July issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. On page 82 of this magazine you can find Indoor Inspirations on how to Relax with Sink-In-Style. On this page the magazine features four items.

Our item is featured as number four on this page. This item has classic charm and is a perfect accessory to a vintage style bathroom. The item is a Roll Rim clawfoot tub with a british telephone faucet. You can find any of these products on our website.

The next item we will discuss is a Fuego Modular furniture cabinet. With this piece you can find the right combination of drawers, cabinets, and shelves to fit your own personal needs. This item has a tremendous amount of functionality because you can mix and match these pieces to achieve any look you want. You can place the drawers side by side to create a bench or stacked to create a tower unit (as shown in this picture). The prices range from $14.99-$89.99

The third item is a Diamond wicker chair with a cushion. The great way to offset white cabinetry is to use woven pieces that water can't damage. You can even order a love seat designed in the same way. All pieces are available in brown or white wicker.

The last item is a multi-purpose indoor and outdoor Finesse rug. The best place for this type of rug is in the bathroom because it is a good choice for high-traffic areas. This item comes in pewter, black, bleu, cranberry, coffee, and terra cotta.



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