The Top Five Coolest New Plumbing Products to Make Your Home Smarter and More Stylish

November 5, 2014 by Marcia Olson No Comments

testimonialsside1. A Bath That Goes Way Beyond Cleansing- Jason Microsilk Technology

Ordinary warm bath water flowing from your faucet will no longer be adequate once you learn about the “fountain of youth” that is Jason’s unique MicroSilk bathtub. A breakthrough in hydrotherapy, it supersaturates water with billions of oxygen rich micro-bubbles that form a cloud of oxygen in your bath. The negatively-charged micro-bubbles are small enough to penetrate gently into your pores and bond to the impurities for deeper cleansing without damaging soaps.

The increased oxygen level does wonders for your skin. MicroSilk moisturizes and plumps skin cells to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. At the same time, it is stimulation the immune system, killing bacteria, and promoting healing. Every bath can be like giving your entire body a facial.

2. Sustainable Style- Ronbow Green Collection Vanity Cabinets

Environmentally-concerned homeowners will want to explore Ronbow’s handsome, economically-priced vanity cabinetry made from highly renewable strawboard materials. Strawboard has emerged recently as a strong and dense alternative to wood. It’s made of pressure- and heat-compressed wheat or rice straw and natrual resin, so there’s no formaldehyde glue emissions. The extraordinary density allows crisp dovetails and refined profile edges, and also makes it extremely moisture and most resistant.

3. Like Having An Extra Pair of Hands- Moen’s Arbor Kitchen Faucet with MotionSenseMotionsense

The whole family will fall in love with the convenience and ease of the use of the MotionSense kitchen faucet. A simple wave of the hand over the faucet activates the flow of water, another wave shuts it off. Users rate this faucet high for simplicity of installation, quality, good looks, water spot resistant finish, durability and smooth operation. The pulldown spout delivers an aerated stream, a powerful cleaning rinse, and a pause function.

4. The Simple Way to Upgrade to a Spa Shower- Kohler’s Hydrorail Diverter Shower System

Achieve showering luxury without the need to disturb tiled wall or alter any in-wall plumbing. The attractive HydroRail simply replaces any existing shower arm, but gives you a positionable rain spray shower head and a hand-held shower with a built-in diverter lever to let you choose the function and the amount of water volume. It’s an instant spa shower renovation with the demolition and the expense.

5. Replace An Unused Bathtub Beautifully-Fluerco Novara Bow-Front Glass Shower Door

If life leaves no time for long soaks in the bathtub and you would rather devote that space in your bathroom to a sleek and modern shower, don’t overlook the Novara. The molded acrylic base and matching smooth-sliding glass door will drop in to the old bathtub’s footprints, but the bowed front elevates this ready-made solution from having the boxed-in feeling of a typical bathtub shower space.Fluerco

Use Color to Jazz Up a Plain Bathroom

April 19, 2013 by admin No Comments

The prevailing color scheme trends for bathrooms have been leaning towards white for several years now, with good reason. It is pleasing, sophisticated, sanitary, and safe for resale and mass-produced homes. But suppose you find that boring and would prefer to put more of your own personal stamp on your bathroom. Here are some ways to bring in a splash of color, and not necessarily spend a fortune.

Instantly Transform the Walls

If there is anywhere in the house where it’s fun to add bold, vibrant wall color, it’s the bathroom. People tend to play it safe in the rest of the house, but a bathroom doesn’t have that much wall space to cover, so a strong color almost serves as an accent in many cases. Against pure white fixtures, a bright apple green, a deep fuchsia, or a periwinkle blue really stands out in contrast.

There used to be an old decorating rule that dark colors shouldn’t be used in small spaces. That is partly true, but it is an oversimplification. When balanced and accessorized well, a colorful tiny room can give a wonderful feeling of being cocooned in a private place, and that can be especially appropriate for a bathroom.

Use a Soft Touch

Soft furnishings can not only add color and texture, but can even inspire the overall scheme. Window treatments or bath towels can provide a shot of color that can be easily changed when the mood strikes. Shower curtains are now available that are fun and funky; some even have a theme that will give the starting point for the whole room. And area rugs are good for more than comfort under your feet, with so many great patterns, textures, and materials, from naturally water-resistant wool to woven cotton to bamboo.

Make Hard Surfaces Interesting

Install ceramic tile in small but strategic ways to create a big impact. Instead of simple, understated tiles, choose from the incredible array of glass tiles on the market. All of the colors of the rainbow are available, plus you will see more beautiful types and shapes than you can imagine. Iridescent, frosted, transparent – mosaics, squares, rectangles, ovals – there is no shortage of options to bring detail to an area of the bathroom that will fascinate and delight. It doesn’t have to be a major expense. Use it to highlight a piece of wall behind the mirror, line a backsplash, or on just the vertical surfaces of a tub or shower surround.

Also under the heading of hard surfaces is the vast variety of decorative lav sinks. Here is an opportunity to add the “wow” factor that clearly conveys a unique style statement. One idea is the use of a vessel sink that sits atop the vanity counter. These are made of ceramic, glass, stone, stainless steel, and more. For a contemporary feel, consider an angular ceramic bowl or a sculpted stainless steel basin. If you want to add a warm handmade touch, there are vessel sinks of stoneware made on a potter’s wheel, with rustic glazes, or perhaps a hammered copper bowl. For the glamorous bath, cut or etched glass vessels that resemble crystal are fabulous. All vessel sinks require either faucets that have special long-length bases, or wall-mount faucets. The unusual faucet calls even more attention to the beauty of the sink!

Another type of decorative sink is the intricately decorated drop-in or undermount basin that is a work of art on it’s own. These are usually a more formal, traditional style, which would appeal to those who appreciate a stately, timeless look. The colors and style of the sink’s decoration could be used to guide the rest of the choices for the room.

Add Personal Style

Ideas for personalizing a space come from examining the interests, values, and tastes of it’s inhabitants. The point is to be as quirky or as conservative as your personality dictates. Look to collections, photos and art, vintage finds, live plants, containers and baskets, and similar items. The most successful choices have an element of unexpectedness, yet blend into the room seamlessly and even fulfill some practical function, such as placing a piece of antique stained glass in front of a window to distract from a less than desirable view. Sometimes it’s not the actual item that provides the uniqueness, but the way in which things are arranged or displayed. For example, back-to-back twin vanities with mirrors and lighting suspended from the ceiling would be a more unusual way to lay out an ultra-modern bathroom that is otherwise quite stark.

More Ideas Are At Your Fingertips

Besides studying home decorating books and magazines, visit the Buffalo Plumbing Showroom website for links to manufacturer’s websites; they are abundant resources from which solutions can be discovered. Also, browse Pinterest or try a Google image search to get your creative juices flowing. When you are ready to experience the latest in decorative bath products in person, be sure to stop by Buffalo Plumbing Showroom at 600 Bailey Avenue near Clinton in Buffalo. There are over 6,000 square feet of displays to browse, with showers, lavatories, whirlpools, vanities, faucets, toilets, bidets, accessories, and even a fully functioning steam bath. You can meet with one of the interior designers and get help coordinating all of the elements like a pro!

Select the Sink That’s Perfect For Your Kitchen

November 2, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

It was only a short time ago that kitchen sinks were either cast iron or stainless steel – a relatively simple choice to make. Now, a homeowner visiting a plumbing showroom will have an incredible array of materials, sizes, shapes, prices, and orientations to sort through. The options can be overwhelming, but the good news is that when you carefully evaluate the needs and wants of your particular situation, it’s easy to narrow down the choices to just a few.

The first thing to consider is the functionality you will need every day in using your kitchen. Visualize your daily patterns in performing your common kitchen chores. How do you use your sink when rinsing/washing dishes, loading the dishwasher, cleaning and preparing foods, entertaining, filling large pots, and any other job you normally do? When thinking about doing these things, you can clarify whether it would be best to have a single bowl, multiple bowls, shallow or deep bowls, or a special shape. A hot design trend right now is to use a large, multi-basin model, but that might not be right for your kitchen.

The sink size should be somewhat relative to the kitchen size. A rule of thumb is, if your kitchen is less than 150 square feet, a standard 22 X 24 inch single bowl is best. For larger kitchens, a double or triple bowl sink adds convenience and looks more proportional. Dirty dishes can be put in one basin while using the others to rinse dishes or prepare food.

Another idea for a larger kitchen might be two sinks; one main sink and a smaller bar or prep sink. Occasionally there are two cooks using a kitchen together and two full-sized sinks are desired. The depth of the sink bowls is also an important factor if large pots and pans are washed often. Eight inch depth is standard, but ten inch can be useful for the cook who feeds a crowd often and uses huge stock pots and roasters.

The width of your new sink will be limited by the width of the base cabinet underneath it, so it is good to have that measurement handy when you start shopping. Typical full size standard sink base cabinets are 33, 36, 42, and 48″ wide. Bar sink cabinets are 18, 21, and 24″. Bases that hold apron-front sinks are 33, 36, and 42″. There are also 42″ corner cabinets that can hold a 25″ sink. Sometimes cabinets can be notched to make a too-big sink fit, but with good planning you can avoid the cost and the risk of altering your cabinet.

Once size and shape have been determined, the sink material can be chosen. Kitchen sinks are manufactured in a variety of materials, with durability being a top factor to consider. Your sink should last a minimum of fifteen years, so you will want the best quality your budget will accommodate.

Stainless steel has been popular since the 1950’s and continues to be a top seller. It is sleek, contemporary, and stain-resistant. 18 gauge is the thickness that will be least prone to scratches and dents.

Enamel-on-cast-iron allows for a wide assortment of colors. In creating some kitchen decor themes, such as a vintage farmhouse look, a contemporary sink might not look appropriate. Sometimes a cast iron sink is needed to complete the look, texture, and color in such a setting. The glazed finish is glass-like and easy to clean, and durability is good, but it is possible to chip.

Solid surface sinks are rimless bowls that are seamlessly fused to the adjacent solid surface countertops, a great contemporary solution that is relatively easy to clean and repair. The color of the bowl can match the countertop or contrast to it.

Quartz composite is the newest substance available for sinks and features great durability with color all the way through the material. Color choices are typically neutrals like black, espresso brown, white, and bisque, that blend in with most color schemes. Quartz sinks are stain and scratch resistant, and have a matte finish that does not compete with patterned countertops like granite.

The third step is selecting one of three ways the sink can be mounted to the countertop. The most common is the self-rimming, or drop-in type, with the lip of the sink overlapping the surface of the countertop on all sides. It is the only option if the countertop material is a laminate. An integral sink, made of solid surfacing material, is a continuation of the countertop. The advantage of this type of mounting is the seamless design, with no rim to trap dirt or water. The last option is an under mount sink, which is rimless and joins the sink bowl to the underside of the countertop with adhesive and metal clips. This method is designed to be used with stone or solid surfacing, but does not work with laminates. Under mount and integral sinks give the look of more uninterrupted counter space.

An apron-front sink is a type of under mount sink that usually has one large bowl with an exposed front panel that extends slightly past the front surface of the base cabinet. Mostly seen in more high-end applications, apron front sinks may require custom-made cabinetry. The look can be either old-world classic, or contemporary. Apron-front sinks add uniqueness to the kitchen and are often seen paired with a bridge-type faucet and a higher-than-normal backsplash.

Once the material is chosen, it’s time to select the faucet to go with your sink and countertop. There are faucets for every taste and preference, and similar to choosing a sink, it helps to go through the process in order, starting with function (for example pull-out vs. side spray, tall gooseneck spout to handle deep pots, matching soap dispenser, etc.) then deciding on decorative style and finish. Finally, settle on any additional features such as a water purifier, hot water dispenser, or garbage disposal.

When ordering the sink and countertop you will need to specify the number of holes in the sink rim if using a drop-in sink, or in the countertop if using an integral or an under mount. The number will range from one to five depending on the number of faucet handles and accessories you choose to add. In the case of an integral or under mount sink, holes will be drilled into your countertop material and you must provide the faucet to the fabricator as a guide so the correct size and spacing of the holes can be accomplished in the workshop before the countertop pieces are brought to your home and assembled in place.

Your showroom consultant is happy to guide you through the entire process to help you consider all of the variables involved, and will provide you with all of the product information needed to help you make the best choice. You will be giving your kitchen sink years of daily use, so it pays to invest a little time to make sure you are buying wisely.

Demolition Skills

August 16, 2012 by admin No Comments

How to Remove an Old Bathtub

How to Remove a Toilet

How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink

Here’s what’s involved in removing your old fixtures before beautiful new ones can be installed. It’s not an easy job, but the videos give step-by-step instructions. If you are handy and have a reciprocating saw, you might be able to save some money on remodeling.

-from www.finehomebuilding.com

Pure Joy: Designing an All-White Bath

August 15, 2012 by admin 2 Comments

Most of us think of white as a classic color that matches everything and never goes out of style. That’s one of the reasons it’s such a popular choice for home decor. At first glance, it might be hard to tell the difference between the many shades of white. But understanding the range of this powerful hue can change the way you use the classic “white-on-white” in your home – specifically in the bathroom.

Popular at least since the early 20th century, the white-on-white bathroom remains strong today. Barbara Kalis, a Seattle-based interior designer and color consultant, says people are drawn to all-white bathrooms because we associate white with purity, health, and hygiene. “It looks so clean,” she says,”and that’s what we do in bathrooms; we get clean.”

If you’re thinking about using an all-white scheme for your bathroom, consider using a broad palette of whites instead of one, and vary texture for the best effect.

“When you’re working with whites, you want to look at honed, brushed, and tumbled, as well as shiny surfaces,” says Kalis. “You can combine those textures relatively easily in an all-white bathroom.”

For example, if your toilet, sink, and bathtub are glossy white, you could use a matte finish tile for the tub surround and backsplash, and perhaps a tumbled stone tile for the countertop.

Fixtures are also available in texturally interesting whites from Kohler, such as Dune, a soft neutral inspired by desert sands, and Honed White, a matte surface inspired by the smooth texture and natural appeal of worn river rock. Other options, like Sea Salt, offer a three dimensional pattern on the smooth surface of enameled cast iron sinks and bathtubs. The combined neutral colors and organic materials add extra depth and character to traditional white fixtures.

Decorative glass shower doors can create variety and additional visual interest. By gently obscuring the transparency of the glass with subtle patterns, the play of light, shadow, steam, and water combine to achieve beautiful effects without a hint of color.

If you’re thinking of combining colors with white – either using colors as an accent in your primarily white room, or using white as the accent in a color scheme – you’ll want to keep warm and cool color families in mind.

“All colors are either blue-based or yellow-based, and whites are the same,” explains interior designer Barbara Kalis. “You can see the difference immediately when you look at the whites together and see that one is very warm and the other is very cool-looking.

Planning to use blue as an accent in your bathroom? Then choose a cooler – or blue-based white. These shades work best with cool colors such as blue-greens, blue-reds, or purples. On the other hand, yellow-based whites are nice complements for warm colors, such as yellow-reds, oranges, and yellow-greens.

If you’re starting from scratch and plan to use white as the main color in your bathroom, make it simple and choose the white you like best. Kalis recommends a softer white, rather than a stark one. Once you’ve selected a white, look for accent colors that coordinate with its yellow or blue base.

Add a blue tile tub surround and countertop, or maybe just a few blue decorative tiles in the backsplash.

Or, you can keep all of your bathroom surfaces white – walls, tile, fixtures, and flooring – and add color with rugs, the shower curtain, towels, and art. That way, you have the option of changing accent colors whenever the mood strikes you.

– from the Bathroom Design section of www.kohler.com

Huge Discounts on Discontinued Items

August 10, 2012 by admin No Comments

Faucets, sinks, toilets, showers, tubs, accessories … in finishes and colors of every description – there are hundreds of items currently being sorted and priced in our warehouse, in preparation for a tremendous sell-off. Most will be sold at or below cost, because they are taking up space that is needed for new items.

Call or visit the showroom to see if anything on our close-out list would be a good fit for your project. Everything is from quality manufacturers whom we trust. There is nothing like a good bargain when you are building or remodeling!