Bath Fixtures

Replacing Outdated Faucets

Though bath fixtures (both in tubs and showers and sink faucets) are designed to be utilitarian, they can also be beautiful and make a design statement in your bath- room redesign. Stylish finishes such as brushed nickel and brass or unique shapes and sizes can allow a homeowner to experiment. "New fixtures can be very practical and increase the resale value of your home," said Kathy Hinds, builder sales at First Supply Rochester. Sometimes safety issues and updated code require new fixtures, but most people value the convenience that modern features offer.

One luxury item builders are seeing more requests for is the Grohe "Freehander" a shower head apparatus with a decidedly modern flare. The arm rotates a full 180-degrees and each of the two shower heads rotate in a full 360-degree radius. "You can use it for what they call 'direct therapy' providing massage to the lower back, shoulder blades or even the top of the head," said Hinds. "It really creates a personal body spray." Updating a bathroom's fixtures can be a quick and easy process, said Hinds. "Including research of the products, fixture and contractor availability and installation time, most projects can be completed in just four to eight weeks."

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