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FAUCETS WITH FLAIR FOR YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL

FAUCETS WITH FLAIR FOR YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL

I Love a Good Spray

My mind recently turned to faucets, or taps as I tend to call them, as a result of a  pesky leak. I am sure you have all experienced it, where you reach for something under the kitchen sink and your hand is greeted by sogginess where it should not be. As it turned out, this was not in fact a bad leak. It was quite containable in a bowl underneath but I knew it had to be dealt with.  My biggest problem was that I couldn’t work out where the water was coming from.

BRIDGE STYLE

I put in a call  to my local Pasadena plumbing contractor who quickly ascertained that the leak was coming from within the faucet itself and could not be repaired. I have what is known as a bridge style - separate hot and cold taps on each side  linked to  a high arc center spout with pull down spray. I actually really like this faucet as it has curves making it feel a little vintage but it turned out to be discontinued, so I didn’t have the option of simply replacing it with the same style. 

3 HOLES

Once the faucet had been removed, I was left with three holes in my granite countertop.

Most faucets come with an escutcheon or cover plate, to cover the holes, but I don’t like anything that will attract dirt around the edges, so I decided to only look at faucets that require 3 holes.

SPRAY NOZZLE IS KING

I have a double stainless steel sink so I knew I wanted a high arc, swivel faucet to make filling vases or washing large pots as easy as possible. I also find a spray nozzle essential. I think once you have used a spray in the kitchen, you can never go back. In my old house, the spray unit was separate from the faucet. I much prefer the pull down type that is part of the main faucet and can toggle between spray and stream modes. I was now starting to narrow down my choices.

HOT AND COLD HANDLES

I was surprised at the abundance of single handle faucets on the market - where the on/off and hot and cold are all in one. I do not do well with these!  I feel dyslexic when I use them and try to work out which movement does what. Give me a separate hot and cold handle any day.

WATER EFFICIENT

I chose Pfister since all their faucets are backed by their Pforever Warranty that covers finish and function for as long as you own your home. The unit I selected has the high arc center faucet and the hot and cold taps I love. All three holes in my granite are filled. The faucet also conforms to California Title 20 water efficiency standards with a maximum flow rate of 1.8 gallons per minute. It actually came with a 4th piece, a matching soap dispenser. I decided to pass on that since I didn’t want to have to drill another hole and the nozzle can get easily blocked.  I was momentarily tempted by Tuscan Bronze but in the end went with stylish and simple stainless steel.

By Jane Noble