The Plumber: Big kitchen remodel comes up short
Hi Ed: We recently had a full kitchen remodel job and I’m upset I did not think to install a pot filler over the stove. I want to resolve this, but refuse to open up the new tile wall behind the stove. Any less invasive ways to install a pot filler?
— Rose, Maine
Dear Rose: Your remodeled kitchen is now an existing kitchen, and a lot of pot fillers are added to existing kitchens. So a pot filler should be able to be installed without major alterations to work recently completed.
You’re correct that many pot fillers are wall-mounted on the back wall near the stove. However, they do make deck-mounted pot fillers that mount directly to the countertop next to the stovetop. With a deck-mounted pot filler you shouldn’t have to touch the new tile back wall. You’ll need a hole drilled to mount the pot filler on the counter and a water line run inside the base cabinet under the filler.
So, even though you missed this planning detail, don’t get boiling mad because usually it’s never too late to install a new kitchen pot filler.
Dear Ed: We have a powder room with fixtures original to our home. However, the toilet has a modern-looking plastic seat. I don’t want a natural wood seat, but I’d like a vintage-looking seat to match the toilet. Any suggestions?
— Tom, Vermont
Dear Tom: While solid plastic toilet seats have advantages like easy cleaning and resistance to staining and chipping, in most cases they do give a modern look to a bathroom, especially when it comes to color and finish. Injection-molded seats have a solid color throughout and a glossy bright finish.
For a vintage style, many homeowners choose a natural wood toilet seat. Natural wood seats can bring an old-time feel to a bathroom.
But if you want a true vintage look, there is another wood choice.
A compression-molded wood toilet seat with a painted surface can give you a heavy feel with a vintage finish. Higher-end molded wood seats can also have strong nickel hinges to complete the look.
So if you want something vintage-looking that can really flip your lid, check out a compression-molded wood toilet seat.
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 eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com