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What’s It Made Of?

If you’re planning to build a new home or start a renovation project, there are those important, yet sometimes confusing decisions you’ll need to make. Especially when it comes to selecting what things are made of, like kitchen and bath plumbing fixtures – even the things you don’t see, like valves and cartridges.

 

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You know you want everything to be beautiful, but the variety out there can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some helpful hints to take the guesswork out of the process. There are several different metals and options regarding just what your faucet or fixture is made of. There’s brass, steel, zinc, plastic…but which one should you choose?

 

Here’s a quick-glance list of the pros and cons of each:

 

BRASS
Long lasting
More expensive

STEEL
Tend to rust
Less expensive

ZINC
Least expensive of the metal options
Least durable of the metal options

PLASTIC
Very low cost
Very limited life-span

 

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Valves are the next thing that you must ensure is of good quality. What you can’t see matters. Brass workings and valves are the best of the best, while plastic and steel are not known for their durability. Ceramic, being impervious to sand and sediment, is the best quality for cartridges.

 

VALVE TYPES:

 

COMPRESSION VALVES
Two-handle faucets
Washers wear out over time
Washers are easily replaced

BALL VALVES
Single-handle faucets
Reliable
Difficult to repair

SLEEVE-CARTRIDGE VALVES
Lift-and-Turn faucet
Wear well
Easily repaired

CERAMIC-DISK VALVES
Both single and double-handle models
Extremely durable
Rarely leaks
Easily repaired

 

Selecting the best materials will help your new construction or remodel project last in the most beautiful way.

 

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The next step is to select the finishes. There’s a wide-range of options, which we’ll introduce in Series II of “Helpful Hints – Kitchen and Bath Fixtures.”

Designer Sarah Richardson and Kravet

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Sarah Richardson has been one of my favorite designers since her days on HGTV’s Design Inc.  She has come a very long way since then and is introducing her fabric line with Kravet this fall.  I was beyond excited when I found out that she will be at ADAC on October 15.  (I’m also secretly hoping that Tommy will be with her!)  If you’re in the area be sure to to put this one down on your calendar.

Here are a few of my favorite spaces from Sarah’s amazing portfolio.

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Classic kitchen in a London flat

 

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Sarah 101 Season 2

 

 

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Sarah’s House TV Series 4

 

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Sarah’s House TV Series 1

 

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Sarah’s House TV Series 4

 

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Sarah’s Cottage TV Series (This is actually her summer home!  Love!)

What are your favorite things about Sarah’s spaces?  I love how that even though each space is different, they all give that same warm, inviting feeling.

Have a great day!

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