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Planning your dream kitchen and bathroom.

If you’re planning to refit your kitchen or bathroom there are many factors to take into account before you make your final decisions on faucets and bathroom fixtures.  You will need to think about the amount of maintenance required, what finish is best for you and what is required to install what you have selected.

Faucets can be as finely crafted as a Tiffany setting or as intricately detailed as a Swiss watch. Styles range from contemporary, with high-tech looks, to classic country and traditional. The bathroom faucet allows you to make a unique design statement. Whether you prefer a minimalist single-handle or one with cut crystal handles, a bathroom faucet helps set the tone for the entire bathroom. Faucets come in a variety of finishes including brass, copper, chrome, stainless steel, porcelain and lacquered colors and fit in one to four holes. Electronic faucets use infrared sensors to activate water flow. They can be either wall mounted or deck mounted.

In the bathroom, there are enough whirlpools and air tubs to fit any dimension with the quietest technology. Comfortable soaking tubs are now available with special features, including built-in anti-bacterial protection and ADA compliant tubs with accessible doors. Specialty shaped tubs usually nestle next to a window to take advantage of natural sunlight or moonlight.

Shower systems come in a variety of styles from shower towers to specialty shower heads and body sprays. Balance pressure tubs and shower sets are designed to provide drip-less even water flow. An anti-scalding device is a safety option to consider. A thermostatic shower set will also prevent scalding and burning. Shower bars and hand held shower heads offer additional flexibility. Also don’t overlook practical considerations such as the location of built-in soap dishes and shelves.

Probably the most important decision you will make when you refit your kitchen or bathroom is who best can help you through the decision making process so that you have no regrets later.  There are many businesses that simply exist to sell products but  the services of a professional showroom will give you a wider range of choice in the selection of your fixtures and in depth professional advice on all aspects of achieving your dream. Some notable brand names you will usually only find in professional showroom include Dornbracht, Phylrich, THG, Vitraform, Rohl, Robern and Grohe.