Siobhan Dart

My Reviews of the Best Kitchen Faucets

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With a variety of designs and features, it can be difficult to find the best kitchen faucet. Since research can be difficult and extremely time consuming, I have picked out and reviewed some of the best kitchen faucets on the market.

1.) Kraus KPF-1602

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Built with commercial kitchen faucets in mind, the Kraus KPF-1602 is perfect for people who want an extremely powerful and durable kitchen faucet. Priced at $250, it is definitely among the most expensive kitchen faucets, but the details and design makes it worth it. You have the option of choosing from a chrome or stainless steel color, both of which are rust and fingerprint resistant. The spring design mimics the heavy-duty style of commercial kitchen faucets, and provides a contemporary alternative to the basic kitchen faucet. With 11.5 inches of spout height, 8.5 inches of spout reach, a 360 degree swivel, and adjustable stream features, this kitchen faucet is perfect for anyone who wants to feel like their kitchen is in a five-star restaurant.

2.) Moen S7597CSL

While the Moen S7597CSL is one of the priciest kitchen faucets on the market (it retails at $346), it was one of the most advanced, modern, and chicest kitchen faucets available. This kitchen faucet has a 90 degree design, and comes in three colors; classic stainless, chrome, and silver. An innovative reflex pull-down design ensures that it will be extremely easy to use the 59 inch pull-out spray. You can easily turn on and off the faucet with the one-handle lever. As for the power and speed of the water stream, you have the choice of a powerful rinse or a simple and fluent stream. There is even a pause function, so you don’t have to completely turn off the faucet while it’s not in use.

3.) Pfister Pfirst Series One Handle PullOut Faucet

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Finding a cheaper alternative that is still as advanced and powerful can be hard. But, the Pfister Pfirst Series One Handle PullOut Faucet only costs $76, and has similar features to some of the more expensive kitchen faucets on the market. This kitchen faucet comes in five colors; stainless steel, white, Tuscan bronze, polished chrome, and chrome. With versatile installation compatibility, lead-free plumbing construction, and overall easy-to-access to use, this kitchen faucet is perfect for people who want an intricate interior design faucet, but easy and safe usable features. The spout is approximately 6 inches high, and can reach up to 8 inches away. Also, you have control over the speed and pressure of the water stream, as there is a rubber adjustable button near the spout.  

4.) Delta 4353-DST

If you research advanced high-quality and advanced kitchen faucets, it seems like you only find towering kitchen faucets. While most of the advanced kitchen faucets on the market are extremely large and act as a statement piece of the kitchen, there are a few that are shorter and still as efficient. One of those kitchen faucets is the Delta 4353-DST. Retailing at $124, the Delta 4353-DST is a single handle kitchen faucet that also has a pull-out feature. This faucet design was inspired by nature and the structure of trees, and comes in three colors; arctic stainless, chrome, and Venetian bronze. The spout is 8 inches high and 10 inches long, and has a 1.5 gpm stream and a 2.0 gpm stream adjustable feature. Thus, you are in control of how long and powerful your faucet is while in use.

5.) Pacific Bay Single Handle Kitchen Faucet 2017 Model

Although the last kitchen faucet on my list hasn’t been on the market for long, it’s already a bestseller. Pacific Bay is known for their limit-pushing kitchen faucets, and their 2017 model of their single handle kitchen faucet is magnificent. Priced at $120, this Pacific Bay kitchen faucet comes in a modern brushed nickel color, and the fan favorite chrome color. This kitchen faucet comes with the faucet, faucet knob, and even a soap dispenser! The spout is 18 inches high and can be adjusted between spray and stream functions, so you will be able to rinse and fill any object quickly and efficiently. If you need to spray or fill something bigger, simply pull-down the spout and utilize the easy-to-click rubber button. It’s important to note that this kitchen faucet is meant for three-hole sinks.

Done applying the kitchen renovation tips you’ve learned online? Now it’s time to focus on your bathroom. Find out more about the best bathroom faucet for your budget.

Siobhan Dart

Where to Start When You’re Fixing up a Home

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Conquering a fixer-upper can be an extremely creative and rewarding experience. One of the best parts of tackling a fixer-upper is you get to craft the house to your specific taste and aesthetic. Ultimately, you are creating your dream home. But, you feel overwhelmed or lost when it comes to initiating the process. So, here are some tips of how you can jump start fixing up a home.

Find the perfect home

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Sometimes, people choose to fix-up their current home. But, most of the time people choose to start fresh. There is a big market of low priced homes that have an enormous amount of potential. If you choose to purchase a home, with the intent to fix it up, start by researching various neighborhoods in your area. Evaluate factors such as; past tax bills, insurance information, school districts, and any zoning or building limitations. Websites, like Zillow, makes it easier to find homes on your own. If you have no luck, try searching foreclosures, auctions, and estate sales. In those situations, you can typically find a great deal. Finally, if you truly feel lost and unhopeful in the search for your perfect home, seek advice from a real estate agent. Overall, it’s important to realize that this is one of the most important steps in the process of fixing up a home, and it may take months to find the perfect home.

Hire a good home inspector

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Once you find the perfect home, it’s important to evaluate what will need to be done to restore the house, or to make it have the technology and support you want it to. This is where hiring a professional is almost a necessity. Find a phenomenal home inspector, and have them evaluate the house. They will be able to tell you any and every little detail that may give you problems in the future and what needs to be immediately attended to. Learning about these problems first hand will make easier when hiring the proper technicians to fix the problem. Also, finding things that need to be fixed could help you lower the selling price.

Consider the pros and cons

One of the main reasons why people choose to fix-up a home is so they can achieve their dream home at a significantly lower price. But, if there are a lot of problems or alterations that need to be done to a home, the price can come significantly close to if you purchased that home you found was nearly perfect already. This is where it is important to weigh the pros and cons of tackling a fixer-upper. You need to decide if the time, effort, and money will be worth it in the end, or if you should give up one of your dream house requirements and purchase a newer and complete home.

Start with the foundations

Once you purchase a house and you’re ready to start your project, focus on the foundations of the house. In other words, focus on the; electrical, plumbing, heating, and flooring aspects of the house. If you have a basement, ensure that there are no leaks, and that feature leaks can be prevented. Since water runs down, your basement will be the first thing to flood. And whether you want to acknowledge it or not, water can overtake a property, and create a lot of hassles. Also, make sure that there are no animals or critters running around. If there are, implement the proper barriers and measures prior to starting to fix-up your house. Finally, once you’re ready to begin the interior design of your home, start with the flooring. Determine whether you want hardwood, marble, tile, or carpet. When thinking about the flooring, you should consider how much time you plan on spending in the house. If you plan on living there for a very long time, it’s important to choose quality first and aesthetic second.

Research until you feel prepared

Tackling a fixer-upper is a bold and important choice, and like any important life choice, you should research before jumping in. Remember, there’s no such thing as researching too much. So, research about every aspect of fixing up a home until you feel adequately prepared.

Who Are the Darts?

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Hi, I’m Siobhan Dart and this is my family! I’m originally from Dublin, Ireland and our kiddos were born here in Indiana. We live in a fixer-upper home with a lot of charm -- but it needs a lot of work! This blog chronicles our life in a fixer-upper and celebrating our Irish heritage. Thanks for joining us!

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