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					Bathroom Vanities, Showers & Tubs - Renovation Tips and Choosing Faucets
One of the most important decisions in a bathroom remodel project is
choosing the plumbing fixtures. There are so many options today; you need
to consider a few key details to make an educated decision. What fixtures
are you shopping for? A typical bathroom remodel includes vanity faucets,
tub faucets, and shower faucets. Begin by making a list of the faucets
you are shopping for.
The next item to decide is your budget. Plumbing fixtures can vary widely
in price, so setting a budget is an important first step. You should not
use price as your only factor in choosing fixtures, as the quality of
fixtures also varies widely. You definitely get what you pay for when it
comes to plumbing fixtures.
What is the style of your bathroom? Is it traditional or contemporary?
Traditional style faucets include the standard 3 hole, 2 handle
gooseneck, while a contemporary look would be something like the Purist
line from Kohler - simple and sleek.
What finish matches your style? Here are the most popular finishes:

- Chrome: Chrome is the least expensive    and is the most easily matched
across manufacturers. This simply means    that you are generally safe
buying a chrome finish faucet from Moen    and one from Kohler to use in the
same bathroom and you should not notice    the difference in finish color.

- Polished Brass

- Antique Brass

- Pewter

- Brushed or Satin Nickel

- Oil Rubbed Bronze: This is the most expensive finish; if you choose
this finish, consider a high quality brand name, as the oil rubbed finish
tends to rub off depending on the amount of use.

Quality issues to consider include:

- The fixture needs to be manufactured from metal, no plastic parts.

- The fixture should be heavy, significant of solid metal.

- The fixture should have washer less valves and/or ceramic valves.

- Does the fixture come with a warranty?

The best way to check quality is to test display models at your local
hardware store. You can immediately feel the difference between a fixture
that is $50 and one that is $200. This will help you determine what will
fit your needs based on price and use.
If choosing a tub faucet, make sure there is ample flow rate to fill a
tub in a reasonable amount of time. Some shower faucets take special
plumbing requirements such as larger water lines and specific plumbing
techniques for proper operations. If choosing a large shower head, you
need to consider if the fixture will require a higher flow rate on the
valve and larger diameter plumbing for proper operation. Also, be sure to
have ample support for long stem shower heads.
Julia Ritzenthaler is Owner of boutique online furniture stores,
http://www.UniqueVanities.com
For more information about unique bathroom vanities, visit us online or
email us with your questions at uniquevanities@msn.com
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