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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Designing With a Wall-Mount Faucet

The use of wall-mounted faucets is not new.  It's true I'm seeing more of them thanks to the rise in apron front sinks (aka Farmhouse sinks), and to a lesser degree pot-filler faucets near cooking surfaces.  But the idea has been around for a long time.  In the bathroom, this is a given ... most faucets associated with bathtubs are wall-mounted.  But if you look at older kitchens, laundry rooms and you'll also see quite a few.  If you've ever worked in an institutional environment you'll have noticed them as well.

I'm a fan of them for a number of reasons.  Aesthetically they stand apart (quite literally) from a deck mounted faucet, almost demanding your attention.  And because they're up on the wall there's the added benefit of not having to clean the countertop around them.  But before you run off to your local plumbing fixture showroom and choosing a wall-mount for your next kitchen project, there are a couple things to keep in mind.

If there's a window behind the sink, you'll need to allow sufficient space between the countertop and the window sill to allow not only the faucet to fit, but the plumbing as well.  With a typical faucet installation, the plumber will typically have the entire space in the sink cabinet to fit the water lines.  Not so with a wall mounted faucet.  In addition to fitting the water lines, there's also the valves that the faucet needs to attach to.  And let's not forget the backing required to make the faucet secure.  

In the situation pictured here, not only did we have to get the water lines and rough-ins into the cavity behind the sink we also had to be pin-point accurate with the location.  You'll notice the sink has an integral splash and the faucet mounts through holes in that splash.  What this means for the plumber is he has zero room for error in locating the rough-ins for the faucet.  We were fortunate on this project because we had a closet on the other side of the wall.  We simply cut an access panel on the other side of the wall and were able to locate the faucet after the sink was installed.

But with wall-mounted faucets, like any fixture, appliance or material that is not typical (i.e. very familiar to you) it's really important to do the planning well in advance of the installation.  Installation headaches will erase the joy of your new faucet, no matter how good it looks.

1 comment:

  1. I'm in a DIY project myself and the hardest thing I have come across is finding some good brass fittings online that will be compatible with the wall mount fixtures in my bathroom. That wall mount faucet you got there is panache! It changed my project entirely! I hope to find one of those in Kohls. 

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