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Info Sharing – Choose the right Kitchen Faucet

by ApexGallery on February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Info Sharing – Choose the right Kitchen Faucet

Design Guide to Kitchen Faucets

~ From Grohe

The kitchen mixer faucet is the hardest working piece of equipment in the home. From filling the kettle to rinsing vegetables, it is used throughout the day, every day. Therefore it is essential to invest in a faucet that not only looks good, but is also built to last.

Design Styles

A kitchen faucet should be chosen for its perfect balance of design and function. It should enhance the work area and be effortless to use, even with greasy hands. A smooth handling of the lever is very important in order to ensure a precise adjustment of water flow or temperature.

For an architectural open-plan space, choose a single-lever mixer with refined lines to echo the purity of the room. For a traditional kitchen select a two-handle mixer. Keen cooks will appreciate pull-out rinsing sprays and mousseurs – both make light work of rinsing out pots.

Two-handle faucets
The classic styling of a two-handle faucets allows them to adapt to any kitchen environment. Mounted in a single hole in the sink or the worktop, they feature individual levers or handles to control the hot and cold water supplies.

Single-lever faucets
Single-lever mixer faucets enable you to control the water flow and temperature with one hand. Ceramic discs in the faucet cartridge allow fingertip control of the water mix, leaving your other hand free to use the rinsing spray. Levers can either be mounted on the top or at the side of the faucet body.

Faucet Finishes

Stainless steel and chrome faucets complement all style of kitchens. Sparkling chrome will add a highlight to the kitchen area and enhances the look of composite work surfaces and sinks. Stainless steel, a material known for its anti-bacterial qualities, gives a professional look.

What should I look for?
Look out for a solid metal faucet body with ceramic discs in the cartridge for smooth easy-to-use actuation. A quality faucet will last a lifetime so select a design with timeless appeal.

It is false economy to buy a cheap faucet, as you will only have to replace it a few years time. If your budget is tight, try and save money elsewhere in the kitchen.

Choose a faucet that comes with a guarantee – this shows that the manufacturer is confident that its products will deliver for years to come.

Before purchase, check that your water pressure is compatible with your choice of faucet. For optimal performance, many faucets require a minimum flow pressure of 1.0bar.

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Info Sharing – Planning your Kitchen

by ApexGallery on February 13, 2016 Comments Off on Info Sharing – Planning your Kitchen

Planning an efficient Work Zone

~ From Grohe

The kitchen is the central meeting point of every household. From breakfast to relaxing with friends, its design needs to meet the requirements of all of its users.

Before you start, consider all the tasks and activities that you would like to use the space for and include an area for each of these.

Kitchen Layout

Both the size and shape of your kitchen will help you to determine the best way to utilise the space. The principal activity zones: the sink, the cooker or hob and a preparation/serving area, should be laid out in a triangle and contained within an area that is uninterrupted by through traffic. This is often referred to as the work triangle and is the most efficient way to plan a kitchen, as it cuts down on time spent walking between these areas.

It may be that you will need to re-locate some of the service points – e.g. water, electricity and waste pipes – within the space to create the best layout.


Locating the essentials
Ideally there should be an area of work surface, either side of the sink and hob. Freestanding range-style cookers give a semi-professional look. If you prefer built-in appliances, then consider locating a single or double oven in a tall unit as they are more convenient to use at this height.

Style and Design

Consider the amount of storage space you will need for food, pans, tableware and small appliances. Locate wide pan drawers between the sink and the hob and allow adequate surface space for the kettle, toaster and other frequently used extras.

Wall units often make a small kitchen appear smaller, so consider glass-fronted doors for a lighter feel, or combine them with open shelving. Tall pull-out larders are now popular and allow easy access to all their contents. Mid-height and full-height units can be used to house a built-in appliance as well as provide extra storage space.

Kitchen dining
Open-plan kitchen/dining areas are now a popular choice. If you have the space, include an island or peninsular unit to separate the work zone from the dining area. Here, choosing a different worktop material will add interest and help to define the two areas. This is also a good place to locate a breakfast bar for informal dining and a second sink.

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