Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle.
Professional Builder Report: Products for the Kitchen
A look at current products for the kitchen from Blanco, Axor, Atlas Housewares and Brizo are featured in this overview.
Sticking to the European influence, Blanco's BlancoPerforma sinks are made from 18-gauge steel with 18/10 chrome-nickel content for shine and durability. The bowls are 10 inches deep and have flat bottoms and an off-center drain placement. The company's insulation muffles water and garbage disposal noise.
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The Montreux by Axor, a subsidiary of Hansgrohe, features turn-of-the-century elements, such as filigree cross handles, exposed piping and new ceramic components. The faucet is part of a collection that includes other faucet configurations, shower products and bath accessories. The Montreux is made in chrome, brushed nickel or polished nickel.
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Fusing the look of centuries-old craftsmanship with current design trends, the new Old World Collection from Atlas Homewares features a 4-inch and a 5 7/8-inch pull and a 1½-inch knob. Finishes include brushed bronze, craftsman copper, oil-rubbed bronze, pewter and rust.
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Available in a single-hole mount, the Medora kitchen pullout faucet from Moen has a high-arc silhouette and is designed to blend with granite and other solid surface countertops. Stream, rinse, veggie spray and pause flow options can be changed with the pullout's button control.
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Acoustic Ceiling Products jumps in on the decorative backsplash trend with its water and corrosion-resistant thermoplastic backsplash panels for kitchens and bathrooms. The panels measure 18 by 24 inches and are color infused in 14 finishes. Six embossed designs, including a paintable white, brushed aluminum, Bermuda bronze and cracked copper, are offered.
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According to the company, the Country Collection Side Lever Pull-Out Faucet by Rohl represents the firm's entrance into the high-end kitchen market. The faucet has a stainless steel hose and chlorine-resistant inner liner for durability and easy cleaning. It is also available with a short spray and/or porcelain lever.
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Expanding on the Trevi line, the Trevi Cross Handle faucet by Brizo has configurations for the entire home, including kitchen, bar/prep, lavatory, Roman tub and shower faucets. Inspired by contemporary European designs, the Trevi is also available as an upgrade on the company's Total Escape Custom Shower system.
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The Elumina Collection from Elkay includes a double-bowl design crafted with 18-gauge stainless steel. The Elumina features a recessed partition between the two bowls to allow water to cascade from one bowl to the other. The sinks also feature insulation pads to help absorb sound and retain water temperature.
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Fitting the company's "shabby chic" and "sophisticated country" trend, the Talbott single-handle kitchen faucet from Delta Faucet Co. features a recessed aerator in the following configurations: a one-hole, two-hole with side spray, three hole without side spray and four-hole with side spray. Finishes include chrome and Brilliance Stainless.
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