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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.”

Inspiration - Updating your Bathroom

It seems like every client I meet with or talk to lately wants to remodel their bathroom.  As I consider each space and each client’s individual needs, sometimes, it is helpful to go to my Pinterest page and take a look at all of the photos that inspire me.  Let’s take a look at some of my favorites.

 

This is one of my all time favorites.  I love the cool of the gray and white with the warmth of the antique brass.  The herringbone floor adds just the right amount of graphic texture.

 

 

What I love about this bathroom is the unexpected addition of the mirrored tile.  This is a 1/2 bath, so a completely functional mirror isn’t needed in this space.  The addition of the mirrored tile makes this fairly ordinary bath look very special.

 

 

We see a great deal of painted cabinetry these days.  While there is nothing wrong with it, there is a place for other types of cabinetry as well.  This stained custom vanity by Phoebe Howard is not only beautiful, but also timeless.  It is the definition of classic design.  If you were to see this bathroom in 20 years, it will be just as beautiful as today.  The wood tones warm the gray marble.  The fabric curtain softens the space.

 

 

This bathroom by Sarah Richardson was one of my very first pins.  I love the wall of tile as well as the antique piece of furniture that was redesigned as the vanity.  Again, a classic look that will stand the test of time.

 

Each of these baths have classic elements that I feel are important in bathrooms.  They are all very different from each other, though.  When you decide to take on a remodeling project, reviewing multiple photos for inspiration is crucial to the design process.  This allows you to create a design file that will show your designer, contractor or both what you like and what you don’t.  This is the first thing that I ask my clients to do when we start working together. Once you settle on your design style, you can move forward knowing that you will be getting a space that looks, feels and functions well for everyone.

My team and I would love to help you with your design project or bathroom remodel.  Please feel free to contact us at info@lorimayinteriors.com.

 

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