Designing and building houses means that we review a lot of plumbing fixtures; and with the overwhelming number of fixtures on the market, it’s critical to filter down the options to a manageable selection from which to choose. By the time we evaluate the function, cost, aesthetics and timeliness of the available fixture options, we’re typically left with only a handful of great fixtures.
There are a number of fixtures on the market that we admire for their aesthetics, like Dornbracht and Vola, but they rarely meet the target budget of a project. So while we’re fans of such fixtures, you won’t find them in the list below; the items on this list meet all of our requirements including a high cost-effectiveness.
It’s a valuable list that we’ve come up with over the years –these are the tried and true fixtures that we continue to use on our projects; and anytime we find valuable information in our database we like to add it to the BUILDblog and share it with the rest of the design community. This is just our list, though. If you’ve got your own favorites we encourage you to share them, because we’re all in this together.
KITCHEN FAUCETS & SINKS
Brizo 63020KF-PC Solna single handle faucet with magnetic pull-out spray, polished chrome.
A quick note -you’ll see a lot of “Polished Chrome” finishes called out in these fixture specs for a reason; polished chrome is much more cost-effective than it’s pricey (albeit super sexy) neighbors: brushed nickel and brushed stainless steel.
Kallista P25200-00-CP faucet with pull-out spray and side mixer, polished chrome.
Insinkerator Ise F-HC1100 Water Filter, polished chrome.
Blanco 501-113-10 Magnum single bowl under-mount sink with sink grid 220-997.
BATHROOM FAUCETS & SINKS
Whitehaus WHLX78211 Luxe single hole/single lever faucet with pop-up drain and faucet pull-rod, polished chrome.
Graff G6102 M.E.25 faucet, polished chrome.
Kohler K-2214 Ladena undermount sink with pop-up drain, vitreous China, white.
WetStyle VC-24 acrylic above counter sink with overflow, white.
POWER ROOM FAUCETS & SINKS
We like to do something a bit more pronounced at the powder room. Since it is primarily guests using the space, it can be a nice visual to use a faucet and sink with more sculptural qualities.
Kohler K-T944-4 Stillness wall mount faucet, polished chrome.
Kohler K-T954-4 Stillness deck mount faucet, polished chrome.
Lacava Aquagrande vanity #5464 sink bowl, white porcelain. Used in conjunction with custom built cabinet box by SPD.
Duravit 030970.00 Starck 3 Vital wall-hung, white vitreous China.
Duravit #D14005 to #D14008 Happy-D pedestal washbasin.
SHOWER & TUB
Kohler K-17494 Flipside Multifunctional Handshower.
Kohler K-T948-4 Stillness shower & bath trim, polished chrome.
Kohler K-T14420-3-CP Purist shower & bath trim, polished chrome.
Kohler Tea-for-Two K-855 5’-6” long, cast iron white tub with integral flange.
For a kid’s tub with lower sides and less water volume, we recommend: Kohler K-715 Villager, cast iron white.
Duravit Starck #700003 Acrylic tub.
Toto MS864114 Supreme elongated one-piece toilet.
UTILITY ROOM SINKS & FAUCETS
Hansgrohe 12877001, Interaktive S HighArc single hole faucet with spray pull-out, polished chrome.
Mustee 10 Durastone white deck-mount sink.
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