Dear Ed: We are completely gutting and remodeling a small powder room on our first floor. Since this room is just a small toilet and sink area, we want to go all out! I picked out my toilet, but can you suggest a super sink I can check out?

— Bill, Rhode Island

Dear Bill: Hands down in my book I would suggest a natural stone vessel-type sink.

For stone, look into honed marble or limestone, and I’ll tell you why.

On top of being beautiful natural sink materials, marble and limestone also blend well with artistic etchings that can be incorporated into the sink surface. The etching patterns can also be highlighted with gold metallic finishes to complete a jaw dropping high-end sink look.

So if you want to go for all the marbles with your new bathroom, go for a natural stone artistic-etched vessel sink.

Hi Ed:  I plan to do a semi-remodel to our kitchen. I remember an article you wrote on how just installing an artistic-style faucet can become the main focal point for small kitchen remodels. Any unique faucet finish ideas as well?

— Todd, Kansas

Dear Todd:  Installing a high-end kitchen faucet with plenty of artistic style can become the focal point for smaller kitchen remodel jobs. Also, changing accent hardware like cabinet and draw pulls to match the new faucet style and finish can add even more design impact to the kitchen.

With that in mind, it is important to choose a unique faucet finish.

A trendy finish I like is called oil-rubbed bronze. Many new kitchen faucets with fancy options now offer oil-rubbed bronze finishes, so you shouldn’t have to sacrifice any faucet performance. This deep, dark, rich color with hints of shiny bronze popping through is perfect for both classic and modern kitchens.

Bottom line: Installing an oil-rubbed bronze kitchen faucet can really rub you the right way.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit or write

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