It’s hard to believe that we are only a couple generations removed from retrieving our water from the well in the backyard! Today we have the luxury of accessing water indoors with a turn of the knob, push of the lever, even with a gentle touch of the hand. But choosing that perfect faucet can be a daunting task, particularly in the kitchen where we find our needs and use vary greatly.
Faucets of today are much more consistent and reliable than those of 30 years ago. The major differences in price comes from variations in finish and water control. As you peruse the vast number of finish options, be sure to consider the finish of the other components in your kitchen. The two most common control systems remain the single-handle and the double-handle faucet. However there are more modern means of water control to consider such as pull-out spigots and touch-on faucets.
For the most modern look and function in your kitchen consider installing “smart faucet”. These high-tech home systems can include motion-activation, digital temperature control, even voice activation. While combining these features increases their price, these faucets can save you money in the long run as you reduce the time you spend running water while waiting for it to reach that perfect temperature.
Unless you are also replacing your sink, you will need to match your new faucet and its accessories to the cut-in holes of your counter and sink. The number of mounting holes required of a new faucet is clearly labeled on most packaging. However this will still leave you with numerous finish and function options to choose from. Many models are available in a variety of mounting configurations.
Installing a faucet on your own should not be a daunting task. In most cases the blueprint for connecting your new faucet is the removal of your old one! You will need a basin wrench to reach those tight places behind the basin and a hands-free flashlight. While you’re at it, consider replacing your worn out water lines with new lines. With the right equipment total time on the project is generally less than an hour.
Replacing an aging faucet can not only bring life back to your countertop but also put money in your pocket. A fast-dripping faucet can waste over 10,000 gallons of water a year, costing you as much as $200!
When you partner with Distinct Construction, owned and operated by the Noll Brothers, located in Northern Kentucky, you will receive the best in design and construction on the kitchen of your dreams… and the faucet of your dreams! While difficult decisions are inherent in the design and remodel process, the unique care and attention you will receive from Distinct Construction will make your decisions easy and pain free! Contact Distinct Construction at www.distinctconstruction.com to begin your design process.