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Cast Iron Bathtub vs Acrylic Bathtub
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Pre-rinse Kitchen Faucet or Pull down Kitchen Faucet
The Perfect Holiday Gift
About Clawfoot tub faucets
Oil Rubbed Bronze, Living finish Vs. Pvd
Pros and Cons of Wall Mounted Faucets and Top Mounted Faucets!
Roman Tubs Vs. Master Shower
Steps to Selecting a Clawfoot tub Faucet
The Most Common Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen
Cast Iron Bathtub vs Acrylic Bathtub

Why Cast Iron bathtub?

By Jay Leone, eHow Contributor

Bathtubs are made from a variety of materials. Cast iron and acrylic are two popular materials used. Acrylic bathtubs are more widely used in newer homes but some consumers still opt for the strength and durability of a cast-iron bathtub. Both types of bathtubs have their advantages and disadvantages.

The Facts

  • Fiberglass reinforces acrylic sheets in the production of acrylic types of bathtubs. The finished product is relatively crack and chip resistant. Acrylic tubs are made out of a synthetic material and can be made in a variety of colors.
    Cast iron bathtubs are made by pouring iron into molds, then letting it cool and harden. This type of tub is very resistant to chemicals and is nearly impossible to scratch or dent. They usually have an enamel coating on them and are fire polished to give them a smooth appearance.


  • Cast iron bathtubs are usually a little more expensive than acrylic tubs. As of 2009, a "cheap" acrylic tub costs around $400 and a top-of-the-line acrylic tub can cost upwards of $4,000. A brand new cast iron bathtub can cost anywhere from $1,200 to $5,000, installed.


  • Cast iron bathtubs are far heavier than acrylic bathtubs which makes them difficult to install; several people will be needed to conduct the installation of a cast iron tub. The floor underneath a cast iron tub may have to be reinforced because it is so heavy. Acrylic bathtubs are easier to install than cast iron tubs because they are not nearly as heavy.


  • Cast iron bathtubs are very durable--with proper maintenance, they can last for generations. They require less upkeep than acrylic and may be the proper choice for bathrooms that receive a lot of traffic. Acrylic bathtubs are also durable but they are not indestructible. Cheap acrylic bathtubs can warp and crack if not properly maintained or are poorly installed. Acrylic bathtubs are more prone to staining than cast iron bathtubs, which means that a more rigorous cleaning schedule should be followed with acrylic.

Heat Transfer

  • Cast iron is known for its ability to absorb heat and also transfer it. A cast iron tub can keep a hot bath warmer for longer than an acrylic one will. Even though a cast iron tub can be cold to the touch, as soon as it is filled with warm water, heat transfer begins. Acrylic bathtubs are made from a synthetic material that does not transfer heat well. When filled with warm water, they retain heat to some degree but not as well as a cast iron tub.

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History of Clawfoot tubs
History of Clawfoot Tub
Author: Chris Zhao

Clawfoot tubs have become more and more popular in today`s bathroom remodel designs. Whether you`re looking to retrofit a clawfoot tub into your modern bathroom or just want to introduce the feature into your home, you might be curious as to how the tubs came about and what is available today.

Originally, clawfoot tubs were made of cast iron in the United States. The first tub was made by the Standard Sanitary Manufacturing Company, now known as American Standard, in 1883. The early versions of the tub were sold for other purposes, such as farm animal feeding, but the 1883 model was introduced specifically for personal bathing. Other manufacturers began to introduce their own models shortly after, including Kohler and Crane.

The clawfoot design made installation of the tub easier into homes. Since rudimentary plumbing lines were necessary and there was the risk of the tub leaking, the raised clawfoot design was ideal for installation purposes.

The early designs of the clawfoot tub featured a rolled rim and a lot of bathing space. The American design was large enough for an adult man to lie in, while the European design was shorter and deeper, with a ledge.

Older clawfoot tubs were usually cast iron and heavy and often set on reinforced floors on the first level of the home. The tubs were coated with enamel to protect the iron underneath. Vintage clawfoot tubs may need to be recoated if the enamel has chipped, discolored or begun to flake off.

Feet styles varied on older tubs. Feet may be a basic, functional design or more ornate. The ornate feet were often designed to match popular furniture styles at the time. If you want to buy a vintage tub, make sure it has its original foot-style. Retrofitted feet that don`t match the tub`s original style can lead to instability and cracks after installation.

Clawfoot style tubs today are not usually made of cast iron and don`t require a special installation. Cast iron can retain cold and heat because of its conductive properties, so the tubs may become cold in chilly weather and take a long time to heat up with the addition of warm water.

You`ll find modern clawfoot tubs in a variety of materials, including fiberglass and acrylic. These materials are not as conductive as cast iron and are easier to clean than enamel coated cast iron tubs. Modern clawfoot tubs are also lighter than the vintage models and don`t require a reinforced floor in most cases.

Modern clawfoot tubs come in a variety of styles, including slipper and pedestal. Slipper tubs have a higher back for a more comfortable seating position. The higher back provides a headrest for those who like to recline in the tub in a sitting position.

Pedestal tubs actually sit in a base instead of being raised up on feet. A doubled-ended clawfoot tub has rounded sides and a double-ended slipper tub has high backs on both ends.

Clawfoot tubs, whether vintage or modern, can give an antique feel to your bathroom. Consider other features, such as Venetian blinds, to complete your overall room design.

Choosing the perfect bathroom faucet

Choosing the perfect Bathroom Faucet

Author: Chris Zhao

When you`re planning a bathroom remodel or designing a bathroom from scratch, one of the first decisions you`ll have to make involves your fixtures. Fixtures, especially faucets, accent your main room design and provide a specific function in your bathroom. The faucet you pick should fit in with the rest of your overall design for the room.

Traditional bathroom designs in the United States revolved around knobbed or swivel faucets. If you`re looking for a more unique or classic design, consider European-style faucets for your bathroom. European faucets come in a variety of styles and finishes for you to choose from, including vintage-styled pieces.

First, you`ll need to determine what type of sinkholes you have if you`re not replacing the sink. Your new faucet needs to fit into the existing holes on your sink. Measure the distance between your sinkholes so you know what type of faucet your sink can accommodate without refitting.

A single-hole faucet fits into a sole sinkhole. However, you will have a plate underneath or over your sink covering additional holes, as this was a feature on some retrofitted sinks.

A center-set faucet will fit a three-hole sink. These types of faucets have two handles mounted on a plate or a single lever. The center-set faucet is one of the most common types you`ll see while you`re shopping.

Widespread mount faucets come in three separate pieces. You`ll see two handles and the faucet sprout. The usual distance between the two handles is around eight inches and you`ll find these faucets to be larger than the other types available in most cases. Minispread mounts are available to accommodate sinks with holes drilled four inches apart.

Wall mount faucets are newer to the market and require more installation work. Your sink must be freestanding or of a vessel design to accommodate a wall-mounted faucet, as the sprouts have to extend well past the bowl to avoid spillage.

Once you`ve selected a faucet style, you`ll need to pick a finish. Stainless steel is quite common, but if you`re designing a European style bathroom or want more of a vintage look, you should consider finishes that aren`t quite as bright and modern in appearance.

Vintage brass faucets give the appearance of antiquated brass without the drawbacks. These faucets are designed for durability and long-lasting color. Vintage brass finishes work well in darker bathrooms or bathrooms with a brown or beige color scheme.

Vintage nickel faucets are silver-toned but not as mirrored in appearance as stainless steel faucets. Satin nickel is a little duller than traditional nickel and polished nickel has a distinctive gleam to it.

Another vintage finish option is oil-rubbed bronze. The oil-rubbed bronze finish gives the metal a dark appearance and can set off a bright bathroom color scheme.

When you`re installing your new faucet, make sure you`re careful with the hardware bits. You need all the screws and pieces to install the faucet properly. If you lose a piece, try a hardware outlet, such as Ironmongery Direct, to find a matching replacement.

Pre-rinse Kitchen Faucet or Pull down Kitchen Faucet

History of Pre-rinse Kitchen Faucet

Author Chris Zhao

Whether you are looking to replace your old kitchen faucet or ready to remodel your entire kitchen, you might become overwhelmed by the sheer number of faucet fixture options available at home improvement stores. Here is a brief description of two popular and handy types of kitchen faucets.

Pre-rinse Kitchen Faucets

Pre-rinse kitchen faucets are commonly used in professional food service kitchens, but they also offer residential homeowners several great benefits.

This type of kitchen faucet typically comes with nice, long extensions and a powerful rinse spray head. The spray heads on pre-rinse faucets usually have levers or toggle switches that allow you to quickly switch from regular water pressure to high water pressure. Most models also allow you to control your spray pattern as well.

These faucets are useful if you prefer to spray off your dishes before placing them in your dishwasher. The powerful stream of water easily removes the caked on food and congealed grease, making washing dishes a less tedious chore.

Install a pre-rinse faucet to instantly give your kitchen that sleek, commercial look. Be aware that these faucets are usually taller and bulkier than other styles, so pair it with a deep commercial looking sink unless you really want the faucet to become a focal point in your kitchen.

Pull-down Kitchen Faucets

Pull-down kitchen faucets are becoming increasingly popular in residential kitchens, mostly because these fixtures can help reduce the amount of time it takes you to prepare meals and clean up afterwards.

A pull-down faucet comes with a detachable spray head that attaches to the faucet with a hose. The hose moves around freely, giving you the flexibility to direct the spray or stream of water wherever you need it.

The detachable spray head really comes in handy when your sink is full and you need to fill the pans sitting on your stove or counters. Most hoses stretch out enough that you could even fill your mop bucket while it`s sitting on your kitchen floor.

The early pull-down faucets had some problems with the spray heads not fitting well into the spray head docks located on the faucet. Today`s pull-down faucets use new innovations that guarantee a snug fit. Some faucets even come with a magnetic spray head dock, which ensures that the spray head will stay in place until you need it.

Better quality pull-down kitchen faucets have a button located on the spray head that allows you to easily toggle between spraying and streaming the water. Some higher-end faucets are touch sensitive models, allowing you to turn the water off and on with just a single tap of your fingers.

Kitchen Faucet Materials

Of all the kitchen faucet materials available, those made of solid brass are the most durable. Not only can they last you for many years, but they are also less likely to corrode or leak. As a bonus for folks living in hard water areas, these faucets also require the least amount of care.

Zinc faucets are also commonly used, but zinc can quickly corrode when it comes into contact with water. You will have to replace these faucets once the plating starts wearing off.

Plastic faucets are also available and their low price often tempts homeowners. However, plastic just doesn`t hold up very well and you will undoubtedly be replacing the faucet rather quickly.

Solid brass faucets cost the most, but homeowners usually find that it`s worth their while to pay a little more for solid brass faucets. You can often find sales on durable, handy faucets at online stores such as Rangemaster.

The Perfect Holiday Gift

The Perfect Christmas Present

It is that time of the year when we start thinking about buying Christmas presents for our friends and family, and sometimes deciding on the perfect present is the hardest part of the process.
For that person who has everything we offer some “out of the box “ ideas, it may seem that these are household items but in reality these are personal enjoyment or items that somehow enhance your life or the enjoyment of your kitchen or Bathroom.

A handheld shower combo set will enhance your shower experience by providing you with a five function fixed showerhead and a five function handheld shower, this combo set includes a handheld shower with an integral soap dish, the best part is that you don’t need a plumber to install it for you, all that is required is that you unscrew your existing showerhead and the combo set basically will screw into the shower arm, this set even includes a shower arm if you do decide to change it as well, the only area where you may need any tools will be when attaching the slide bar to your shower wall and even then its just a matter of drilling a few holes, depending on the surface you may need to use anchors, overall it will be a task that could be managed in less than 30 minutes, not bad for something that will greatly increase your shower experience.

If you prefer to save a few bucks Kingston Brass also carries an economy version, this one is a 3 setting set and does not include a sliding bar, but it will still make a special present for somebody, since it does not include a sliding bar, the installation can be accomplished in less than 10 minutes.

The options are not limited to these two models only we invite you to browse through our website and explore all the other possibilities. your friends will think of you every time they take a shower.

-T. Martin

About Clawfoot tub faucets
The Art of Clawfoot tub faucets
by Tony Martin.

Clawfoot tubs have become a timeless symbol of relaxation and elegance. Although free standing tubs originated a few hundred years ago, the evolution of this style of bathing evolved into what we now know as the Cast Iron Clawfoot tub in the late 19th century, when in 1883 almost simultaneously both the American Sanitary manufacturing Company and Kohler started the enameling process to form a seamless non-porous surface, originally sold as a multi-purpose horse through/ bathtub. After the post World War I construction boom clawfoot tubs became a standard fixture in all new homes, now almost a 100 years later clawfoot tubs have regained popularity, no longer limited to cast iron it has become an affordable option for those who long for the nostalgic décor of yesteryear. We invite you to browse through our large selection of tubs both in Cast Iron and Acrylic and explore the possibility of adding one of these to your bathroom remodeling project. Nothing evokes the feeling of relaxation and luxury as much as a clawfoot tub. We all know every tub needs the right faucet to complement not only its look but functionality. Faucets themselves have evolved somewhat through the years, it’s outward appearance has for the most part remain the unchanged, however with the popularity of new technologies, the inner mechanical parts have caught up to the 21st Century, now available with ceramic cartridge, and finished in the latest, non-tarnishing PVD technology, your clawfoot tub faucets should maintain this elegant tradition for yet another 100 years, with so many different variations your options may be overwhelming. The key to achieving both form and functionality is to match your tubs configuration to the perfect faucet, there are a few factors that come into play, such as wall mounted? or deck mounted?, hole distance, spout projection etc, once you have selected the right tub/faucet combination the next step is to add al the other hardware that makes part of your clawfoot tub ensemble such as stop valves, supply lines, waste and overflow etc.

Oil Rubbed Bronze, Living finish Vs. Pvd

Oil Rubbed Bronze, Living finish Vs. Pvd

Kingston Brass 8 inch center spread Bridge kitchen faucet with metal side sprayer KS3795ALBS

There is no question that the old-world charm of the oil-rubbed bronze finish is what makes it one of the top three most popular finishes today when it comes to faucets or decorative hardware. It originally became popular during the early 1990’s, replacing Antique Brass as the finish de rigueur in traditional style décor.  Part of the charm and what made it so popular was its “Living Finish” characteristic.

A living finish is what occurs when you have any metal (except stainless steel) that is not lacquered or protected by any other process. The finish will continually evolve through exposure to the elements, also called an oxidation process, which varies in different metals. In Copper you may see a green patina, or verdi gris. In the case of Oil-Rubbed Bronze, a lightening effect occurs in the areas where it comes in contact with the human hand, such as the faucet handle or a door knob. This is precisely its charm, the fact that it will acquire a “broken in” appearance within a relatively short period of time.

In the mid 1990’s the PVD (physical vapor deposition) technology was developed. PVD is a high tech process where the finish is applied inside a vacuum chamber; a base solid material is introduced into the chamber and vaporized to an atomic level. It then attaches itself to target surface in a thin film and becomes a solid material again. The difference between regular electroplating and the PVD process is that once the substrate becomes solid it actually becomes a part of the target surface as opposed to just a coating. In other words, if the surface is scratched it would not break the surface but when examined microscopically it appears to be dented. This process allows some plumbing and door hardware manufacturers to be able to offer a lifetime warranty.

In the case of Oil-Rubbed Bronze the PVD process is very challenging. Its lack of consistency is an issue very prevalent in Oil-Rubbed Bronze, and certainly aggravated in the PVD process. Its color variations may go from a light grayish brown color to a dark brown (almost Black) tone. In a specific case, a Taiwanese manufacturer accidentally ended up with a gun-metal color when trying to develop a PVD Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish during the trial and error process. They actually decided introduced this finish for their line of products.

In closing, the question is do you prefer a Living Finish? With its ever changing tonality, or do you prefer the stable and everlasting look of the PVD Oil-Rubbed Bronze? If you ask me, I would choose the living finish, after all that’s where its charm lies.

Pros and Cons of Wall Mounted Faucets and Top Mounted Faucets!

Pros and Cons of Wall Mounted Faucets and Top Mounted Faucets!

Putting a faucet in its deserved place is no mean thing. In fact, there are many possibilities to consider when it comes to installing a good faucet. As if the designs were not enough, manufacturers have ensured that the buyer gets complete value and quality for his money, including convenience and facility of being versatile. Each one of you is aware that a faucet takes up certain amount of space. This means you cannot keep other things like soaps, scrubs, etc. on the top when using them. Again you need a faucet which can be cleaned easily. This applies not just to the faucet, it also applies to the space around the faucet which can catch fungus and dirt fast and start coloring. For this purpose you have two types of faucets which you can install according to the space available

1. Wall Mounted faucets: You need to install these not on the sink top, but the connection to the faucet will come through the wall. This means you will need the water pipeline connection to come through the wall. If you do not want to break up the wall, the pipeline will come along the wall. However, this would not look as impressive aesthetically. Wall mounted faucets should be installed after ensuring that there would be least leakages. It is difficult to repair any leakage, since it can be done only after breaking the wall or the panel open.

Though these seem to work against the wall mounted faucets, there are also some benefits to these. Firstly these save space. Another important point to consider is installing these in kitchen is excellent. If you are installing a specific versatile faucet inside the kitchen, you will find you can use this versatility to fullest extent. In fact there are very less limitations brought to it just because of the place of installation. These also tend to catch less dirt and grime basically because these are nowhere near the place where water flows maximum.

Some bathroom faucets like the lavatory faucet, the bathtub faucet, etc. too are wall mounted. This means you have more space on your bathtub top, here you can keep the essential oils, soap, scrub pads, etc. easily thus it helps you utilize space even better.

2. Top mounted faucet: This top could be the sink top, the bathtub top, etc. These are the most conventional and easier to install than the wall mounted ones. Here the pipeline can come from under the sink or the bathtub wherever it is installed. These types are also easier to install. In case of repairs, you will find repairing these easier than any other. Fixing leakages too is easier in these type of faucets.

Though these are easier to manage, there are some cons to these too. Firstly, you will find that these consume space on the top they are installed. Another point of problem is that there is accumulation of water, dirt and grime, wherever these are placed. So at the time of cleaning up you need to take some special effort before you can actually find the space cleaner. The versatility of these faucets is reduced when it comes to a kitchen sink. Of course, these are designed accordingly but you will find functioning of  wall mounted faucets easier than the sink mounted ones, in busy places like the kitchen.

Though each has its own benefits, it remains your choice to make when it comes to installation of a faucet in your home.

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Roman Tubs Vs. Master Shower

Roman Tubs Vs. Master Shower

Nothing evokes the feeling of relaxation like sitting in your whirlpool with some bubbles and soaking away the stresses of the day. But in reality, how often do we really have an opportunity to really enjoy our whirlpool? 

Most of us do it with some frequency when we first purchase our dream home, then it starts tapering off to once or twice a year. On the other hand, the enjoyment of standing underneath a rain showerhead is something we can enjoy on a daily basis. We can actually enhance that enjoyment by adding a few other components like body sprays and handheld showers.

That may explain why the master shower with all the bells and whistles has become a standard in most high end developments. Some custom home builders go as far as including a steam unit in the master shower for a complete spa feel.

In terms of investment, you can obtain the desired results on a very small budget by simply adding a large volume showerhead and a handheld shower, or you can go completely wild and do the full course which may include oversize ceiling mounted showerhead, wall mounted showerhead with multiple settings, two rows of  three or four body sprays on perpendicular walls, spaced in a way to provide an aggressive massage from your knees to your shoulders, if you are going the full course you also have to take into consideration your water usage and allow for the addition of an extra or an oversize water heater and ¾” piping as this kind of arrangement may put out as much as 25 gpm. And because the increased enjoyment of this type of arrangement, you may have a very hard time getting out of the shower.

Steps to Selecting a Clawfoot tub Faucet
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Steps to Selecting a Clawfoot Tub Faucet

Kingston Brass 3 3/8' Center Wall Mount Clawfoot Tub Filler CC1002T1

Whether you are selecting a clawfoot faucet for a brand new jetted clawfoot tub or replacing an old one, here are some steps to making the selection. Decide what type of clawfoot faucet you would like.  If this will be going into a new bathtub, the clawfoot faucet installation holes will need to be drilled into your tub.  Most manufacturers will do this for you.  There are three main types of clawfoot faucet.  They are:

  • Free standing clawfoot faucets are locating on the outside of the tub on a separate structure.
  • Tub wall mounted are affixed to the inside wall of the tub.
  • Deck/rim mounted faucets are placed upon the top lip or rim of the tub. 

If this will be a replacement clawfoot faucet, the type of existing clawfoot faucet will determine the type for you.  It is recommended you replace your clawfoot faucet with the same type.  If you do not, you will be left with holes from the old faucet to deal with.   The exception to this may be if your current claw foot faucet is freestanding one, you may be able to replace with one of the other two types and not be left with unsightly holes. You will require holes drilled in your tub for the new faucet.

If you have a jetted clawfoot tub, there is an additional consideration of jet placement.  Where you put the faucet will depend on where the jets are located in your jetted clawfoot tub.  Having a jetted clawfoot tub should not hinder you from purchasing a faucet. You still have plenty of selection possibilities.

There are several features available for clawfoot faucets. Claw foot faucets come with a separate spray feature that allows dispensing of water into the tub with an additional sprayer hose attached.  This is convenient for rinsing your hair or your body just before exiting the tub.

You can opt to add a shower feature.  This enables you to use your tub, including a jetted clawfoot tub, for a shower. You get the luxury of a soaking tub and the convenience of a shower.  A shower enclosure, usually a wrap around shower curtain, is required for this.

The most popular claw foot faucet is a classic version. It’s simple elegance only dispenses water into your tub.

The finish of your clawfoot faucet is up to you. Antique bronze and copper, brass, polished chrome, and nickel are some of the options on the market.  Check with individual manufacturers to see if the design you are interested in is offered in a finish you like.

The size of your claw foot faucet is a matter of personal choice as well.  Some people like a large swan necked claw foot faucet that gives a cascading water sound as it pours water into the bath.  Others opt for the smaller more conservative version.  Whatever the type, size, style, finish or features you select; your clawfoot faucet is sure to be the finishing touch for your tub.

Pieter West travels the world on a regular basis and have written about numerous subjects. He has an extensive knowledge about, finances, DIY, parenting advice and many more subjects.

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The Most Common Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen

The Most Common Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen


Not planning properly, the time you invest in doing your homework will pay off big dividends in the long run, visit kitchen showrooms, get an idea of the price of cabinets, granite, appliances, faucets etc and set a budget within your means, then subtract 20% and make that your target, one of the sad realities of any construction project is that it will always cost at least 20% higher than your estimated cost, this will give you the room to upgrade on some of the final touches should the budget allow it. If you are trying to remodel your kitchen on a budget here are some things to consider:

1. Refacing, you will be surprised at the cost savings of just doing a refacing job on the cabinets, replacing the counter tops, pulls and faucet, assuming your cabinets are structurally sound, refacing will give you the look and feel of a new kitchen, refacing may include changing the hinges, and drawer slides, and with all the new technologies available you can splurge on items such as full overlay hinges, self closing drawer slides, as well as an array of accessories that will make your kitchen more functional.

2. Prefabricated granite, with the influx of imported prefabricated granite comes an incredible bargain price on real natural granite, this is not imitation granite, no, this is granite that was mined from a quarry in Brazil, India, Italy or China, it was there transported to China, where it was polished, cut to the standard depth of a kitchen cabinet and finished with a bull nosed edge, so you don’t get a choice of edge, when you see how much you will be saving, you won’t even remember what an Ogee edge looks like.

3. Prioritize, analyze what is really important to your present lifestyle and cooking habits, buying a $10, 000 48” Viking range may not be the best investment especially if you do not really do the type of cooking that merits a semi-professional range, on the other hand investing in a good range hood or adding a cabinet or two to maximize storage may be a better investment.

4. Be realistic, I love colors, but an orange kitchen may not be a good long range plan for your kitchen, a safer option will be to stay with neutral colors and go wild with the knobs and pulls, if you get tire of them in a month or a year, it will be only a nominal investment to change them, as long as you stay with standard pull sizes (3” 3.5” or 4”) or knobs.

5. Consider Lighting. You will be amazed at how much difference the proper lighting will make, recessed lighting is one of those things that will add a touch of class to any kitchen, if you are on a tight budget, consider looking into track lighting, and if what comes to mind is those hideous off white track lights that you remember in Grand ma’s house back in the 70’s you will be surprised at the selection available nowadays.

6. Select your faucet very carefully, go for function first aesthetics second, with the selection available you won’t have to compromise form for function.

7. Be consistent with the rest of the house, look at your home design and make sure that there is some continuity.

8. Measure twice cut once, make all the changes you want on paper at the planning stage, changing your mind and making changes once the project is underway may prove to be a costly proposition.

9. And one final point, unless you are planning on making this your retirement home and don’t plan to ever sell it, it would be wise to consider your ROI (return on investment) corbels and cool gadgets may add enjoyment to your kitchen but it may not give you a good return, unless you are in a price range where the market demands an upscale look to be at par with the other homes in the neighborhood.

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