Faucets, Sinks & Countertops

When picking the faucets, sinks and countertops for your home the choices are endless. So take your time & make the right decision based on your style & lifestyle.

Faucets can add luxury & charm to your kitchen and bathroom. The most important things to consider are buying a product that will stand the test of time. Here are some things to consider.


Faucets

There are many types and styles of shower faucets to pick from. The one most frequently used is the type of shower faucet is the wall mounted faucet that is centered over the shower drain. Other shower faucets include faucets with longer arms coming from the wall, or even ceiling mounted faucets that cause a waterfall effect.

Once you have decided on a style you need to pick your finish. Your choices includes, stainless steel, nickel plating, porcelain, chrome plating, brass, bronze, white enamel, silver gold, colour epoxy & platinum.

The most popular finishes for shower faucets are chrome because they are durable & easy to maintain. When pick other finishes make sure that they can handle the test of time. See if a varnish or sealant is needed to protect the surface.

When you are looking for bathroom & kitchen faucets try and look for quality products. This does not always mean more expensive. Make sure the faucet is not made with plastic, look for faucets with ceramic washer or enclosed valves.

We recommend talking to your plumber about which faucets will work with your pluming. Your plumber can help you find faucets that are compatible with your home.


Sinks

Your sinks see the most traffic out of any place in your home, so pick wisely. It is important to buy a sink that is easy to clean and is durable. You will want to find a sink that fits into your kitchen or bathroom and adds flare. The choices are endless; full of different sizes, shapes and materials. Because of the selection it is an easy part of your home design. Just get into some showrooms, browse through some catalogues. You will find something that is durable and fits perfectly into your home. Another thing you need to consider is what type of mounting surface would you like ? Do you want to see the top of the counter or do you want to mount your sink under the counter, this is when the sink is not visible. These days it seems that contemporary looks are everywhere with funky kitchen sinks that look like old fashion washing bowls, made of marble and fine material. These types of sinks look both classy & sleek. This is a great look if you are looking for a conversation piece in your home. For your kitchen sink you may want to stick to a domestic function sink made of stainless steel. They bring out the function & style to the entire kitchen and will be a perfect compliment to many kitchens. This type of sink is durable and never goes out of style. For my personal home designing I have one general rule. Spice up the smaller rooms with fun and exciting accessories and keep all the main rooms classic with function as the main motivation for design. Take some time and find out what you would like to get out of your sink before you purchase it. Other great choices for sinks are porcelain, marble, granite, copper or brass.

For an elegant & sophisticated look try copper sinks. Copper sinks are made from heavy, solid weathered copper or dark brown copper sheets. Some have hand hammered details. Copper sinks are like people they get more interesting as they age. More character is added with time. They are very durable.

When you are ready to pick your kitchen or bathroom sinks take into consideration the overall function & style.


Countertops

When renovating your kitchen or bathroom countertops will be your first thing to pick. Your kitchen & bathrooms see the most traffic so your counters are a very important choice. With so many materials, colors, and styles to choose from, selecting the right counter top can be a challenge due to the selection. But I guess this is a good problem to have.

Kitchen countertops come in a variety of materials. Selecting the right material is important to the functionality & style of your kitchen. You want a counter top to enhance the style of your home but it must still be durable enough to survive its everyday wear & tear. You can select between concrete, granite, wood, ceramic, limestone, slate, stainless steel, laminate, & marble.

Plastic laminates are the most common used material for kitchen countertops. Plastic laminates are inexpensive, resistant to stains and grease, low maintenance, great at hiding scratches. However, sharp objects and hot pans can damage laminate plastic countertops. Once these counter tops are damaged they are hard to repair.

Stainless steel, is very easy to clean and is an excellent choice for anyone who plans to spend time in the kitchen. Stainless steel kitchen counters add a modern or contemporary feel to your kitchen. The only downside to stainless steal counter tops is the expense and that they are hard to install.

If you are on a budget, but would like a designer look then try, glazed ceramic and porcelain tile countertops. They do not stain, but you cannot cut on these surfaces. You will destroy you counter top if you do not use a board. For better durability try porcelain countertops.

The strongest type of counter tops are granite slabs will offer you stain and heat resistance. Granite & Marble are your choice if you would like to add luxury to your home. These counter tops are very durable and have an excellent look. You just need to be careful with the oils in your home. Oil can discolour the surfaces of these types of countertops. Granite & marble counter tops will add value of your home.

by Morgan Kennedy

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