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While the idea of bringing the outdoors in has long been a staple of designing for the home, bringing the indoors out is now one of the most popular design trends. According to the 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey, consumers are investing in their outdoor spaces primarily as an entertaining area. However, the standards for outdoor living spaces have been pushed higher than ever. No longer will a dining table with an umbrella on the patio and a few chairs make the grade. Instead, elaborate outdoor kitchens mirror the same attention to detail as are displayed inside the home.
How many of us have been in the middle of preparing dinner and needing to wash up but don’t want to touch the faucet with our raw meat hands?
Delta Faucet has brilliantly delivered a solution: the Touch20® faucet, which turns on when you simply tap anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm (or any part of you that isn’t messy).
From Delta: It doesn’t matter if you have full hands or ten messy fingers. Keep the faucet clean, even when your hands aren’t. Tap anywhere on the spout or handle with your wrist or forearm to start and stop the flow of water. Touch20® Technology can also help you conserve water. As you prepare food or wash up in the sink, it’s easy to turn the water flow off when it’s not needed between tasks.
How do I turn it off and on?
You may choose to operate the faucet as you would any standard single-handle faucet by moving the handle to the on and off positions. You may also tap it on and off with a deliberate touch, like that of playing the piano.
How do I control water flow?
You control water flow manually with the handle, just as you would operate any standard faucet. When operating the faucet in “Touch” mode, the water flow setting remains the same as the previous use.
How do I control water temperature?
You control the water temperature manually with the handle, just as you would any standard faucet. When operating the faucet in “Touch” mode, the water temperature setting remains the same as the previous use.
Are there any safety features?
Touch2O® Technology incorporates an automatic water flow shut-off after four minutes if the water is left running with no activity.
Do I need an electrician? What about a plumber?
No. The installation process is just like installing a regular pull-down faucet with an addition of one more component and a few easy-to-connect wires. Because the faucet works on batteries, there is no need to hire an electrician to assist with the installation. Even the batteries are included. With DIAMOND™ Seal Technology, the integrated supply lines mean everything is included in the box.
What’s the difference between Touch2O® and Touch2O.xt™ Technology?
You know that static discharge you experience in the winter after walking on carpet and then touching a metal object? That is the result of a characteristic for storing energy in the human body called “capacitance.” Touch2O® Technology uses capacitance sensors to detect human touch and turn the faucet on and off. But don’t worry, it won’t give you a static poke!
Both Kitchen and Bath Touch2O® Products are available. Read more: http://www.deltafaucet.com/smart-solutions/touch2o-technology.html#ixzz1xmmA7xsT
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom can be a daunting task, especially if you’re on a budget. When you make an appointment with one of our consultants, let them know you are budget conscious and we will work with you to ensure you are satisfied not only with the price, but more importantly with the quality of the products you choose to help transform your kitchen or bath.
When installing kitchen sinks, there are two basic ways to mount them to the counter: under-mount or a drop-in. This is important because not all sinks come in all mounting styles and not all countertops are built to work with all mounting styles. Also, each one has some advantages and disadvantages, which anyone thinking about a new sink needs to be aware of.
Undermount kitchen sinks
Undermount kitchen sinks do just what the name implies. They attach to the counter from underneath. This allows the counter to overlap the sink, allowing you to wipe crumbs directly into the sink without getting stuck in the gap left by drop-in models. It also gives the appearance of being an integrated sink without the cost. An integrated sink is one that appears as if it has been carved out of the counter, leaving no seams or any gaps of any kind.
One disadvantage of the undermount style is that you need to have a strong countertop to support them, granite or marble work well. Sometimes the weight of a heavy stainless steel can weaken the underside of your counters. If you don’t have granite or marble countertops, there are ways to make sure the sink won’t fall.
Drop-in kitchen sinks
Drop-in kitchen sinks are the style that “drops-in” a pre-made hole in the countertop. They are circular shaped bowls that, though often used in bathrooms, have a place in the kitchen as well. A great idea for a drop-in sink would be a kitchen prep sink, maybe in an island. A big disadvantage of this style is the gap it creates against the countertop. No matter how precise you measure, you will still need to caulk around the edge, which leaves places for crumbs and food to get stuck.
When you’ve decided what mounting style works best for your needs, make sure that the style you want is available in the mounting style you want. If it is, you’re good to go. Now you just need to decide whether to hire someone or install it yourself.
Let the experts at The Bath & Kitchen Showplace help you choose the right sink for your kitchen:
Kohler has partnered with designer Jonathan Adler (lead judge on Bravo’s Top Design) to create four special edition KOHLER Colors available on select kitchen and bathroom sinks: Piccadilly Yellow, Greenwich Green, Palermo Blue, and Annapolis Navy:
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Jonathan Adler recommends peppering every room in the home—including the kitchen—with little surprises and exclamation marks of color. “It’s the surprise factor that makes color work,” he says.
According to Adler, there’s nothing better than a colored sink to bring a kitchen to life. Even better, he says, “These colors work in just about any kitchen color palette to add a little punch.”
More on KOHLER Colors for the Bathroom:
Adding an exclamation mark of color in the bathroom is as simple as replacing a white sink with a sink crafted in any of our KOHLER colors. And it’s a great way to refresh and add some personality to a room. “Bringing a bit of color in your bathroom with one of these sinks is a great way to seem current and updated,” says renowned designer and color fanatic Jonathan Adler.
Discuss adding a pop of color to your kitchen or bathroom with one of our consultants. Schedule an appointment today using our easy online form!