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Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings: Designing Your Ideal Bathroom

By Karin Mangan
Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings: Designing Your Ideal Bathroom

If you are installing a new bathroom or upgrading an existing one, the plumbing fixtures and fittings can make or break your dreams for a fabulous new look.

Points to Consider When Choosing Your Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings

  1. Function. Consider how you use the bathroom and how you would like to use it--you want a bathroom that fits with your lifestyle. A great-looking bathroom soon loses its appeal if it has a bath that you never use, a fixed shower head when you need an adjustable one, or a stylish mirror in the wrong place.
  2. Style and Finish. The finish that you choose for your plumbing fixtures and fittings really determines the final look of your bathroom. Gold or antique finishes are best for a warm, traditional look while nickel or chrome may be a better choice for a more modern look. Stainless steel is the most durable option. It can be brushed for a low sheen finish or polished to a high shine. Less expensive enameled or metal plated brass fixtures and fittings offer a greater range of colors and finishes but eventually lose their plated finished.
  3. Energy Efficiency. After the kitchen, the bathroom is the room that uses the most energy in your home. Some energy efficient fixtures and fittings can be more expensive than standard fixtures and fittings. However, they are a wise investment that can almost certainly save you money over time. Wasted water equals wasted energy, especially when it is hot water. If you are concerned about the environment and rising energy costs, look for plumbing fixtures and fittings that minimize the amount of water used. This can lead to long term cost savings and a smaller carbon footprint.

A wide variety of plumbing fixtures and fittings are currently available on the market and many are designed to save water and energy. Options include electronic faucets, which can save a huge amount of water and money from faucets that are accidentally left on. Faucets with a manual push feature--metered faucets--likewise help prevent water loss due to the faucet being left on and can also prevent unnecessary waste while scrubbing hands or teeth. Aerators can reduce the amount of water used by adding air to the water to increase the feeling of water flow. A dual flush toilet can significantly reduce the amount of water used, as can toilets that only flush while the button is being held down. If you are planning to install a new water heater, continuous flow water heaters can save energy because they only heat the water that is used. Insulating your hot water pipes also goes a long way toward saving energy.

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