How to Select Whole House Plumbing Fixtures
You’ve seen our whole house reveal of Drew Avenue, in case you missed it you can view the Kitchen, Dining and Living Room, Powder Bath and Mudroom, Primary Bath and Bedroom, and Kids’ Bathroom blog posts here.
Today we’re taking you through our plumbing selections and how (also when) to make these selections for your custom home. Insider tip: this is one of the earliest decisions you’ll need to make (aside from the actual floorplan). Once the Drew Avenue house was framed we sent in our plumbing subcontractor to complete rough-ins for all plumbing valves. While the installation of these selections comes much later in the process, the decisions need to be made relatively soon.
Kitchen Plumbing Selections
Major items for consideration are the kitchen sink and faucet, also the finishes. In some cases, there may be a reverse osmosis faucet or a pot filler too. You will want to tie into other finishes such as your appliances, lighting, or cabinet hardware. Also, a great place to mix finishes as well.
Note: the project we chose to feature in the blog primarily used Kraus fixtures, we often work with a variety of plumbing manufacturers.
Here were selected the Kraus Oletto Pull Down Faucet in a beautiful brass finish and a 32″ Undermount Single Basin Sink. You can see with ease the brushed brass was complimentary to the other selections in this kitchen, but a minimal statement piece all on its own.
Sink basins are also a real consideration, one basin versus two. Consider how you use your current space and know this is entirely a preference, there isn’t a right or wrong way to go. In this case, we opted for a single undermount, as we did not want this to be the statement piece, and needed a high-performing solution with expansive space for dish storage.
Laundry Room and Powder Bath Plumbing Selections
Items for consideration are the laundry sink, faucet, and bathroom sink and faucet.
Where we held back in the kitchen sink, we went for the statement piece in the laundry room. The Turino 33″ Fireclay Apron-Front Sink is a showstopper and even more beautiful in person with its contemporary design. We paired this with the Esina Single Handle Pull Down Kitchen Faucet, timeless matte black to compliment the grid windows throughout the home. Also, offering a dual-function spray, perfect for all laundry room needs.
The powder bath has the Elavo, a unique 17″ square undermount ceramic sink. We loved this selection for a smaller space and for maximizing vanity countertop space. We paired this with the matte black Indy Single Handle Faucet. The Italian craftsmanship behind both products offers a clean and uncluttered look that works well in this Modern Traditional home.
Primary Bathroom Plumbing Selections
Items for consideration are the vanity sink(s), faucets, toilet, bathtub and faucets, shower trim kit, and accessories (toilet paper holder, robe hooks, and towel holders).
You will need to decide if you want a bathtub in your primary bath, dimensions, and freestanding or not. Otherwise, a standard shower and the necessary plumbing selections are the next considerations. Much like the kitchen, you can be playful and mix metals as well, there is a lot to consider in this space. When in doubt stick with one finish and mix in patterned tile or a painted custom vanity to add customized details.
When possible, go for the double vanity, great for resale and function. We selected the Kraus Natura Rectangular Undermount, linking to a similar Elavo Sink, with the Indy Single Handle Faucets again in matte black. The Natura sinks hold proprietary features with a matte finish, stone composite for durability, and non-porous surface resistant to tough stains (goodbye makeup mess!).
Kids’ Bath Plumbing Selections
Items for consideration are vanity sink(s), faucets, toilet, bathtub and faucets, shower trim kit, and accessories (toilet paper holder, robe hooks, and towel holders).
We always opt for a colorful and playful kids’ bath, if our clients are open to it. Fortunately, in our Drew Avenue whole house renovation, we were thrilled when our client selected this blue and white chevron wall covering. This became the focal point for the remaining selections.
Plumbing fixtures can be a wide variety of budget-friendly investment pieces you’ll have for a lifetime. Where there may be an opportunity to grab the wish list item such as the fireclay apron sink, you may find savings in durable, yet approaching vanity sinks as shown in this kids’ bath to offset your budget. Visiting a local plumbing showroom to narrow down your selections and see items in person is also a great idea when making several selections at once.
Good luck and have fun!
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