New fix­tures for bath­rooms, kitchens

The Telegram (St. John’s) - Home Buyers' Guide - - OPEN HOUSES/METRO REGION -

A new faucet is an in­ex­pen­sive way to en­hance your kitchen and bath­room—and a good faucet de­ci­sion is a good in­vest­ment. Ted Har­ri­son, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing at a ma­jor fix­tures man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany, of­fers the fol­low­ing tips to help you se­lect the faucet thatʼs right for you.

1. Style – From mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary to tra­di­tional and clas­sic, the style of your faucet will add charm and panache to your room.

2. Fin­ishes – Se­lect from a range of fin- ishes, such as stain­less, cop­per or black, to re­flect your colour scheme and co­or­di­nate with ap­pli­ances and ac­ces­sories.

3. Space – Note the counter space avail­able to de­ter­mine if you can ac­com­mo­date a two-han­dle faucet and base­plates or a sin­gle-han­dle faucet.

4. Fil­tra­tion —Con­sider the con­ve­nience of a fil­ter­ing faucet for clean, great-tast­ing wa­ter.

5. Func­tion­al­ity – Think about your faucet needs and func­tions. High-arc spouts are use­ful for fill­ing tall con­tain­ers, while pull-out faucets ex­tend to pro­vide ver­sa­til­ity and con­ve­nience.

6. War­ranty – In­quire about warranties and re­place­ment parts. A rep­utable man­u­fac­turer will pro­vide a life­time war­ranty on faucets and parts.

7. Ac­cents – Play with de­sign pos­si­bil­i­ties. Mix and match com­ple­men­tary ac­cent colours on han­dles and trims.

8. Ac­ces­sories – Se­lect match­ing ac­ces­sories for added func­tion and style. Match- ing side sprays and soap dis­pensers in the kitchen, and soap and tooth­brush hold­ers in the bath­room, are prac­ti­cal and cre­ate a uni­fied look.

9. Qual­ity – Donʼt sac­ri­fice qual­ity. Se­lect a faucet from a rep­utable man­u­fac­turer within your bud­get and your in­vest­ment will pay off in the long run.

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