When remodeling or building a home, the most tedious yet the most important part of the renovation is choosing of all the bathroom and kitchen plumbing fixtures. There is a wide variety of fixtures available from many reputable manufacturers, it is important to take the time and choose the fixtures that are very durable, practical, and will withstand heavy use without requiring a lot of maintenance. The most common plumbing fixtures that are a staple in any home are the sinks, faucets, toilets, bathtubs, showers, as well as vanities. All these fixtures are used on daily basis by everyone in the household. It is important that these fixtures are stylish and accentuate the overall decor of the home.
There are several types of sinks that will be purchased and installed during a renovation. The homeowners will need to install a bathroom sink and a kitchen sink. Furthermore, most homeowners will opt to also install a bar sink as well as a utility sink for added convenience. Sinks come in many different styles, sizes, colors, and can be manufactured from an array of materials. The most contemporary sinks include glass sinks, ceramic vessel sinks, as well solid stainless steel kitchen sinks and bar sinks. Before choosing the exact sink model, it is important to determine the overall design style of the home and more specifically the decor of the space. Some homeowners may opt for a more traditional design while others will go for a more cutting edge design. Once the style is chosen, it will be easy to choose the ideal sink and other plumbing fixtures.
Choosing the faucets for a newly designed bathroom and/or kitchen is a vital part of the home remodel. Since the faucets are usually installed in high traffic areas and are used on daily basis, it is important to only purchase faucets that feature high quality mechanisms and come with a manufacturer’s warranty. Furthermore, the newly installed faucets should be the right size for the sink as well as the space where they will be used. It is important to take the overall faucet height, the height of the faucet’s spout, as well as the reach of the faucet into consideration before completing the faucet purchase.
Every new home will require at least one new toilet. Toilets are available in an array of sizes, styles, as well colors. The most common colors for a toilet include white, beige, and black. However, many manufacturers will have toilets in specialty colors to fit any décor. It is recommended that the newly installed toilet matches other plumbing fixtures in the bathroom such as the bathtub and/or a bidet. Having the same color and style on all bathroom fixtures will create uniformity and tie the design of the space together. Furthermore, toilets are available in various heights. The standard height is typically 14”; however, some models are available in 17” height to comply with any handicap requirements.
There are two types of bidets that can be installed in a newly redesigned bathroom. The homeowner has the option of installing a separate bidet unit or a toilet that features a bidet seat with options similar to the standalone bidets. Bidet toilet seats are ideal for small bathrooms that do not have the room or the plumbing connections to accommodate a separate bidet fixture. Furthermore, bidet seats do not require a faucet; however, a standalone bidet will also require a bidet faucet to go with it. Bidets as well as bidet toilet seats have gained popularity over the years and are now a staple in many homes.
Bathtubs are still an integral part of any bathroom. Bathtubs are available in many styles including free standing tubs, soaking tubs, built in tubs, as well as whirlpool tubs. Free standing tubs include platform and claw foot tubs, these models are not built into the floor. Furthermore, soaking tubs are typically deeper than the standard tubs and are designed specifically for soaking; they do not have any shower attachments. Built-in tubs are the most popular models and are always built into the floor of the bathroom. Lastly, installing whirlpool bathtubs, that feature body jets, is a great way to turn an ordinary bath into a great relaxation experience.
Installing new showers may be a lengthy process but it is a very important one. Choosing the ideal shower system will ensure years of satisfaction and trouble free usage. Showers may include shower sets or shower panel systems. The main difference between the two is that shower sets require rough-in valves to be installed before the wall is tiled. While the shower panel units will have all the connections premade within the unit; they are installed once the wall has been tiled. The main advantage of a shower panel is that it is easily replaceable. Since it’s mounted after the wall is built, it can be easily interchanged.
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Installing unique bathroom vanities in a newly redesigned space will add opulence and glamour to the overall bath decor. Vanities are not only practical units that house the bathroom sink and the bathroom faucet but they are also ideal for extra storage space. Many vanities will have cabinets and shelves to increase the storage area in the bathroom. In addition, vanities can be compact and take up very little space or they can be elaborate units that become the center points of the bathroom. The most common vanity types include wall-mount vanities, free-standing vanities, pedestals, corner vanities, as well as double vanities.
Many of the plumbing fixtures that are found in a home are also used for commercial purposes. Typically, commercial fixtures are larger and more efficient than plumbing fixtures for the home. Furthermore, since commercial fixtures will be installed in public areas, they must comply with the local building codes as well as all handicapped and wheel chair accessibility requirements. Moreover, when it comes to choosing commercial fixtures, the most important feature to consider is quality. Because commercial fixtures such as faucets, shower units, and toilets, will be used by a large group of people, it is important to only choose the highest quality fixtures.
Installing brand new plumbing fixtures is a great way to update the look of any home. Some fixtures such as faucets and sinks can be installed by the homeowners, while other fixtures such as bathtubs, showers, and toilets should only be installed by professional plumbers. Plumbing fixtures should be well made and very durable so that they do not have to be replaced or serviced very often. Moreover, the newly chosen plumbing fixtures should complement the overall design style of the homeowners. Once the main plumbing fixtures are installed, it is important to accessorize the kitchen or bathroom with the latest up-to-date accessories.