Faucets: What to Know When Choosing Your Faucet

Feb 8, 2019 | Bathrooms

There are four main things we suggest each of our clients consider when choosing a bathroom faucet: budget, design & style, features and configuration. With so many different options on the market, defining what you want in each of these categories will allow you to narrow down the different faucets available to you, while not overwhelming you with hundreds of possibilities.

1. Budget

Similar to many aspects of home building and remodeling, there will always be options ranging from the basic models to expensive alternatives.  With years of experience, our designers have a better sense of what other customers have done, and based on the size of the project, can provide you with a good price range that should meet your needs, while still providing a quality product.

Depending on your design preference, you can make the faucet a focal point in your kitchen or bathroom or you can have it blend in with its surroundings. The kitchen faucet below is part of the Waterstone Wheel Pulldown line. It went perfectly with the rest of the client’s new kitchen, which had a country feel.

2. Design & Style

Depending on your design preference, you can make the faucet a focal point in your kitchen or bathroom or you can have it blend in with its surroundings. The kitchen faucet below is part of the Waterstone Wheel Pulldown line. It went perfectly with the rest of the client’s new kitchen, which had a country feel.

It is important for the faucet to match the other elements in the room – from simple considerations such as the finish (brushed silver, bronze, black) to the overall look and feel of the space.   In one of our recent remodels, our clients chose a faucet from the Kohler Gentleman’s faucet line.


Also consider any other elements that have already been decided, especially your sink. A beautiful clear glass basin sink will not only look odd with a standard, center-set faucet; physically those two components won’t work together from an installation perspective. Instead a wall mounted faucet or taller, one-handle faucet would be a better pick. Another thing to consider is how deep the sink is – you don’t want a very deep sink paired with a very short faucet. This is especially true with your kitchen sink.

3. Features

Consider who will be using the kitchen and bathroom. Would it be helpful to have a faucet that is easy to turn on and off (some faucets are ADA compliant)? Do you have children who tend to forget to turn the water off? Then maybe a faucet with an automatic sensor is best for you. “Features” can also refer to basic elements such as whether you want one handle or two to control the temperature. If you are looking to save water, look for the Water Sense Certified label from the EPA. This certification means that the product is at least 20% more efficient without impacting performance, ultimately reducing your water use.

4. Configuration

This section refers to the physical characteristics of the faucet that will impact installation and will require some guidance from our team of contractors based on the design of the bathroom and kitchen and the sink you have chosen for one of these rooms. The types are based on how many holes are required in the sink and how the faucet itself is mounted.  Below are a few bathrooms and kitchens that we designed with various configurations.  Each one went along with the design that each of our clients was wanting to attain.

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