Sinks and Faucets. Tuesday , February 06th , 2018 - 09:08:11 AM
A kitchen faucet can cost anywhere, depending on the materials used and the finish you want. But most plumbing and design experts say that for a quality faucet that lasts 10 to 20 years, you should start your search in the $300 range.
Soapstone has been used to make sinks for hundreds of years. It‘s called soapstone because it feels soft to the touch, but don‘t let that fool you. It‘s the densest of the stones used for sinks; it won‘t stain or etch, and it‘s heat-resistant. It does require oiling to maintain an even, dark charcoal color, but that‘s the only thing you have to worry about.
With the great number of faucets on the market, there is a design for everyone. "Style is strictly a personal taste issue," Isley says. He doesn‘t dictate what clients choose design-wise — people like what they like, after all — but he does guide them when it comes to function and finishes. Most faucets use cartridge, ball or ceramic disc valves. A faucet with a ceramic disk valve and solid brass base materials will be the most durable. Though many attractive faucets have two handles, Isley always pushes for single-lever faucets in the kitchen. He also suggests clients include a spray arm for filling pots with water or rinsing the sink, whether it‘s part of the spout or a separate piece. Consider other convenient extras, like a garbage disposal and hot water dispenser.
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